For patients with tick-borne diseases, the path to health can be confounding. Combining integrative and conventional approaches may be the best way forward. Katina Makris was living her dream when life derailed. A natural-medicine practitioner with a flourishing career, she had a passionate marriage, a young son she doted on, and a home she had lovingly restored in the New Hampshire woods. But slowly she began to slip.
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DeAnne Salmon, a product designer from Jacksonville, Ore., comes from a family plagued by cancer. Her mother died from colon cancer at age 54. Salmon’s sister died from breast cancer at age 52. It’s no surprise that Salmon became something of a health fanatic, turning to exercise, organic foods and a raft of supplements in order to thwart the disease. “It never occurred to me that after doing everything right, I could get cancer, too,” she says. But in 2011, right on schedule at age 52, Salmon was diagnosed with breast cancer.
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:
It is not just happenstance that doctors proudly assert that they seek to attack illness, combat disease, kill infective agents, and create a war on cancer or on any disease.