Put out the fire wherever your body burns. When your immune system turns up the heat in your joints, your skin, your brain, your gut, or elsewhere, you need two things from your functional medicine team. You need firefights to put out the flames and you need investigators to identify the arson before another blaze begins. We provide both servcies.
The immune system targets microbial invades with metabolic flame throwers. Viruses and bacteria get burned and drive away but surrounding tissue sometimes gets scorched. Short term this can heal, but with chronic infections, autoimmune disease, or flame throwers that won’t turn off, your body tissues literally overheat.
While you don’t see any flames, you feel the heat. Joints ache. Extremities swell. Skin reddens and itches. Brains grow sluggish and sometimes hurt. Guts pitch fits making eating barely tolerable.
Conventional medicine begins and ends with sending in pharmaceutical firefighters. Flames are lessened, but without identifying the arsons behind the fires, smoldering hot embers continue low grade damage over time.
Functional medicine begins with more natural firefighters with fewer side effects and seeks to remove sources of the flames. This starts with evaluating dietary contributors to excess inflammation and looking for sources of toxins which throw more fuel on the fire.
Between a comprehensive history and advanced laboratory analysis, we can go beyond labels and provide explanations. Antibodies may point towards Lyme, mycoplasma, EBV, or other microbes. Blood or urine tests may indicate metal toxins, synthetic toxins, or natural environmental toxins are fanning the flames. Stool tests may reveal bacterial or fungal culprits.
With a clearer picture, a program targeting the arsons and the fire moves past the simple firefighter approach to more comprehensive root cause long term recovery. A healthy immune system absent unnecessary inflammation promotes our patient’s healthier more abundant life.