Individuals with multiple symptoms in multiple body systems over months and years without beneficial answers from conventional medicine need something more. Functional MD’s like myself strive to provide such patients with paths to restoration, not by abandoning conventional medicine, but by applying the best of medical research to our patients. We are often accused of ordering too many tests,
“I remember the day on the left very clearly. It was 2013; and it was my best day of that week. I had actually gotten out of bed, taken a bath and put clothes on to go to the store with my husband. I didn’t make it out of the car, but I was out of the house!
I constantly tell my patients that if their illness were so simple to have one simple “cause” then someone else would have already “fixed” it for them. We have all grown up in a world of medicine where the one-cause-one-disease model has prevailed leading us to all stumble when real life and its illnesses are not that simple.
Blame Your Great-Grandmother for Your Flu Symptoms
The study of epigenetics marches forward in unearthing previously unimagined connections between our ancestors and our health. Several organ systems have revealed their transgenerational effects of ancestral environmental exposure (see a few in studies listed at end). In a recent study by Post et al,
Curcumin rocks as an internet star with several million hits when searched. Even a short review of internet reports would make one think that curcumin is a miracle worker as the sites claim endless benefits for this herbal substance. While I am glad for anyone or anything to get well deserved attention,
A German children’s hospital tracked down the source of a outbreak of Klebsiella in their neonatal unit recently leading to trashing an energy efficient washing machine. Thankfully the infants were only colonized and none were infected by the potentially harmful bacteria. Normally any hospital laundry would be sanitized by special machines, but this wash was being used to wash the little boots and mittens which kept the infants warm.
The functional medicine world carries ill feelings towards a class of medications called the fluoroquinolones. These antibiotics include ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin among several others. They are known for their mitochondrial harm and many people say that these medications “floxed” them or call themselves “floxies” after the damage is done. I have seen a number with whom I agree that a fluoroquinolone was the probable cause of their chronic illness.
Day 12 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas”
“Twelve Snapshots of My Abundant Life”
On this 12th and final day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” I wanted to share some images that help illustrate some of my ideas of the Abundant Life we talk about at SFM.
Day 11 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas”
“Eleven Favorite Supplements”
“On this, the 11th Day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” we offer eleven video clips of some of Sanctuary’s favorite supplements. These all-stars stand out due to their ability to provide multiple benefits in one dose.
Day 10 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas”
“Ten Creative Exercise Ideas to Get You Moving”
On the 10th day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Christmas,” we not only encourage you to do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day but provide 10 exercise ideas to fit into your weekly routine.