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Debunking Common Myths About Functional Medicine: Separating Fact from Fiction In the realm of healthcare, functional medicine stands out as an approach that aims to treat the root causes of illness rather than just the symptoms. Despite its growing popularity, functional medicine often finds itself shrouded in misconceptions and myths. Let’s delve into some of the most common myths about functional medicine and uncover the truth behind them. Myth #1: Functional Medicine is Just Another Fad One of the most persistent myths surrounding functional medicine is that it’s nothing more than a passing trend. In reality, functional medicine is grounded in decades of scientific research and clinical practice. It draws from disciplines such as nutrition, genetics, and biochemistry to offer a comprehensive approach to healthcare.

In our practice, we see a lot of patients that are struggling with chronic digestive symptoms. They complain of symptoms ranging from indigestion to bloating and constipation. Recently, a condition called SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) has been popping up more and more. SIBO is a condition in which not just one type of bacteria has overgrown, like a candida infection, but a widespread overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. The types of symptoms you will notice with SIBO are as follows:

Collagen hydrolysate is one of the most overlooked quality sources of protein and one of the keys to anti-aging; we’re not just talking aesthetically. Collagen Hydrolysate not only plays a role in preventing wrinkles and diminishing cellulite, it is also essential for maintaining healthy joints, athletic recovery, detoxification, preventing atherosclerosis, and organ function. WHAT IS COLLAGEN? Collagen is the single most abundant protein in our bodies. It helps maintain structure and elasticity of our tissues. This includes skin, blood and blood vessels, cartilage, fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments and even the synovial fluid in our joints.

85% of Americans have hypoglycemia also known as low blood sugar. In a study of normal weight women between the ages of 15 and 49, 20% had some sort of dysglycemia meaning unregulated blood sugar. Blood sugar is a key indicator of risk of cardiovascular disease and risk of stroke, and one of the most important indicators in health. If you can’t regulate your blood sugar effectively, you are going to have a very hard time stabilizing your symptoms. Your weight, mood, energy levels, sleep, hormone balance, immune system, thyroid function, and many others issues will not resolve without stable blood sugar. Do you ever experience “hanger”, shakiness between meals or if meals are delayed, difficulty losing weight, trouble falling asleep, waking up at 3 or 4 am for no reason, fatigue, sugar cravings, needing coffee to get through the day, fatigue after meals, headaches, constant hunger? All of these symptoms are signs of blood sugar dysregulation. Now contrary to what you may think, a lot of people with blood sugar dysregulation aren’t necessarily overweight. Many times these people are also fairly healthy eaters. Sometimes it’s a matter of high stress, skipping meals or waiting too long between meals, and/or skipping food for coffee. High sugar, high carbohydrate and highly processed diets are another cause. The good news is that you can fix this naturally. By changing the way eat and supplementing with herbs that help regulate your blood sugar.  

Between 50 and 70 million American adults have a sleeping disorder. Insufficient sleep creates short term problems like decreased job productivity, difficulty focusing at work, low libido, and dangerous driving. Long term ramifications of sleep disorders are related to chronic health conditions like pain, inflammation, weight gain, depression, anxiety, and autoimmune disease. Sleep is incredibly important for your body to be able to recover and heal. Sleep is a warning symptom that something has really gone wrong in one or multiple organ system.  It is important not to address the symptom of sleep but figure out what is causing the sleep issue.  Each issue relating to sleep dysfunction is different and needs a specialized treatment protocol.  The treatment for someone not being able to fall asleep verses someone who wakes up multiple times per night is a different mechanism.  The idea is not to just supplement to fall asleep with herbs or medications.  It is important to find the cause, then address the issues, and the sleep should be fixed as a result.

Early physicians did not use drugs to work on depression, they actually used lifestyle changes and took a good long look at the diet. Much different than the paradigm our mental health community is using today.  It may seem strange that these mental health doctors used to look at the gut. You might be wondering why they would look at the gut for a brain issue. One Piece of the Puzzle: Neurotransmitters The truth is around 90% of neurotransmitters are made in the gut. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers for the brain.  It has become common knowledge that antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs “cure” mental illness and today they are some of the most prescribed and sold drugs.  Lots of people believe it is their only treatment option. They are so commonly used that they have around 30 million users. Most of the users of antidepressants are women.  An astonishing 1 in 7 women are being medicated and 1 in every 4 women between the ages 40 and 50 are using antidepressants. This is an extraordinary number of women that don’t feel well and are struggling with major symptom of depression.


As a chiropractor, I like to treat the entire person not just the symptoms. When people hear that I am a chiropractor, they immediately grab their neck or back and say I have been having this pain and they proceed to tell me about their structural complaints. I love treating structural complaints. Chiropractic can be the miracle treatment for structural complaints. When Your Pain is Chronic, There are Often Multiple Things Going On I learned early in practice that just because a complaint presents like a structural issue like neck pain or back pain does not mean the the structural issue is the only component. Sometimes biochemical complains will also present physically, especially if the complaints are chronic. This is why it is important to use the entire person approach. This is a wellness approach to care.

Here are 3 simple steps to determine if you are suffering from fibromyalgia. Step 1. Run a comprehensive blood panel: Sometimes other conditions occur concurrently with Fibromyalgia Some of the more common conditions are hypothyroid, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, hepatitis C, sleep apnea, and cervical stenosis. What this means is that you need to have a blood draw performed with a complete blood count if you are suffering from chronic pain. The reason for this is that chronic pain and autoimmune disease tend to go hand in hand. It is important to rule out more severe autoimmune diseases first before jumping to a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia because the symptoms can be similar.

Breast feeding is extremely beneficial for the following reasons: Breast Feeding is superior to all other forms of nutrition for an infant and/or newborn Reduction of infant mortality and morbidity from sepsis, gastroenteritis, pulmonary tract infections, and asthma Reduction in frequency of food allergies, ear infections, and other intestinal issues Infants who are breast feed are less likely to become obese Enhancement of mother-infant bonding

Learn the right way to identify and avoid the common triggers for migraine headaches In 7 simple steps. How exactly does one cure a chronic problem such as a migraine headache? When the dreaded migraine starts, it is all you can do to go lay in a silent, dark room. Unfortunately, our busy hectic lives do not allow us the luxury of laying in bed for a couple hours a couple times a month. The migraine headache has certainly been demonized but it is a warning symptom to tell you that something is not functioning properly in your body. I am going to go through an incomplete list of 7 simple steps to identify and avoid the common triggers for migraine headaches.