Is it possible to make diseases disappear? If we’re talking about chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, then absolutely, says Dr. Rangan Chatterjee in his wonderfully insightful TED Talk about functional medicine.
“The reasons I can make diseases disappear is because diseases are just an illusion,” Chatterjee says. “Diseases don’t really exist — at least not in the way we think we do.”
If we’re interested in optimal health — instead of simply managing disease or suppressing symptoms — we need to look at the root causes of illness. Once we look at factors like diet, stress level, sleep quality, physical activity levels, and environmental toxins, Chatterjee says, we being to realize that seemingly separate diseases, such as depression, heart disease, and dementia, “actually at their core share common causes.”
For more about functional medicine and making chronic disease disappear, check out Chatterjee’s TED Talk: