If you broke your arm, would you go to a herbalist or a chiropractor? No, of course you wouldn’t! You would go to your physician or to the emergency room and have a conventional doctor set the bone so that it heals properly. Perhaps you’d also visit an orthopedist who specializes in broken and fractured bones. And that would definitely be the right decision.
A broken bone or an infection is considered an “acute” problem. In other words it is temporary and short in duration. Once it’s healed, it’s over. However, chronic diseases like heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and cancer are increasing in our country. Just as your dentist wouldn’t be able to treat arthritis, chronic disease has been shown to respond better to what is called “functional” medicine.
I love the way this article explains this: “Functional medicine places an emphasis on the patient’s lifestyle history and genetic makeup, which interact to produce a unique set of symptoms. The symptoms are believed to be the body’s response to an underlying issue; they highlight that there is a problem, but they are not the problem themselves. For example, inflammation is the body’s response to a problem. Anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce inflammation, but the underlying cause remains. Treating the symptoms gets us nowhere in the end.”
Most doctors focus on the symptom. But as I’ve said many times before – symptoms are your body’s language! They speak to you about an imbalance or a root that must be addressed. By covering up a symptom with a drug, perhaps you no longer have the symptom, but you also haven’t addressed what caused it. And there’s no doubt it will show up at another time in perhaps another way. Or any drug you take may cause an entirely different symptom as a side-effect.
Are you familiar with functional medicine? Do you typically look only for symptom management?
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