I recently gave a TEDx talk here in New York, on Breaking the Shackles of Apartheid in Medicine, where I describe my journey as a medical doctor, from the "bush" in South Africa to the streets of New York.
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You’re not sleeping well. Your belly seems perpetually upset. Your nose is stuffed up and you’re feeling down. You head to your GP for (if you’re lucky) a 10-minute chat about what’s ailing you. The GP then hands you a few prescriptions, shakes your hand and shows you the door. Case closed. Is this any way to heal the unwell? Does this approach actually make anyone better? In a word, no – and more likely, this here’s-a-prescription-‘later-dude’ approach may even make patients sicker, which is one of the reasons I’ve dedicated my life to helping my patients to create and sustain long-term health using the principles of Functional Medicine. So, just what is “Functional Medicine?” I believe it’s the most profound and effective way to treat patients – particularly those with chronic health issues – and here’s why:
How can we adjust our psychic and body rhythm to suit the season? What happens within us is mirrored by the natural world around us. During the frost of winter, plants submerge their lifeblood into their roots, animals thicken their hides, and ponds harden into ice. This is a time of apparent quiescence and stasis, yet beneath the surface is the hidden activity of gestation and germination that will bring forth renewal in spring.
A new way of thinking about health and the environment. It focuses on making conscientious environmental decisions that will have a positive effect on tomorrow.