Functional Diagnostic Medicine

Too many people suffer from serious, complex, ongoing health problems. And the allopathic medical system, despite its wealth of technical brilliance, too often falls short. To illustrate what I mean, here are ten randomly-selected examples of diseases and their prevalence in the US:

  1. Coronary artery disease: 18 million people in US
  2. Cancer: 1.8 million new cases in the US every year
  3. Endometriosis: 1 – 2 % of all women of reproductive age
  4. Alzheimers dementia: More than 6 million people in the US
  5. Hashimoto thyroiditis, the most common cause of low thyroid: 10% – 12% of the overall population
  6. Rheumatoid arthritis: 1 – 1 1/2 million in the US 
  7. Crohn’s disease: Half a million people in the US
  8. Irritable bowel syndrome: 11% of the population
  9. Migraine: 12% of the US
  10. Type 2 diabetes: 30 million Americans

As these statistics reflect, the United States does a poor job of promoting the health of its citizens. In part, this is because the fundamental focus of our health care delivery, the allopathic medical system, is based on an out-of-date, limited scientific model.


What’s missing?

You, or someone in your family, may have one of the health challenges listed above, or something else not even on this list. You need a more comprehensive way to find the cause of your problem.

That’s why I’ve spent the last five years deep in the study of a new model of health:  functional diagnostic medicine.

The functional diagnostic medical approach looks at these diseases through a different lens. The concern is with the underlying imbalances that throw your health off in the first place. Here are some of the themes that are commonly found:

  • imbalance of gut microorganisms
  • exposure to toxins
  • hidden pathogens
  • hormone imbalance
  • sleep disturbance
  • nutrient deficiency
  • impaired liver detoxification
  • inefficient digestion
  • structural imbalance
  • subtle food sensitivities
  • neurotransmitter imbalance
  • poor stress reaction

With a functional diagnostic medicine approach, you can discover which of these imbalances is blocking you from achieving better health, and begin a program that specifically strengthens your weak areas. That’s the best foundation for better health.

Here are some of Dr. Lavine’s articles on Functional Diagnostic Medicine

Supplements vs. Food Diversity

Eating a diversity of foods ensures that you get the variety of micronutrients your body needs.

Mix of Amino Acids, Herbs Beats Back Pain

A combination of amino acids and herbal anti-inflammatories beats NSAID's for back pain.

Research Proves: Reverse Cognitive Decline With Diet, Lifestyle Changes

Memory loss and cognitive decline are largely preventable (and even reversible) with a comprehensive personalized program of diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes.

Five Steps to Healthy Gut Flora

Living in harmony with the right mix of intestinal bacteria is a cornerstone of good health. Here are five easy step to take to make sure you're on good terms with your gut flora.

Gourmet Guide to Lower Blood Pressure

High nutrient foods that have been shown to help you control high blood pressure.
The Chemistry of Bulging Disc Treatment

The Chemistry of Bulging Disc Treatment

Back pain means more than a breakdown of your spine's biomechanics. The chemistry of back pain is complex and offers clues to treatment.

Gluten Sensitivity – Part 3 – Stumbling Upon a Cure

A reader forwarded me this letter written by a chronic pain sufferer who found relief on a gluten-free diet. With his permission, I'm sharing this letter with you.

Gluten Sensitivity Part Two – What You Need to Do About It

Part 2 of this article on gluten sensitivity outlines a self-care plan which should help nearly anyone whose digestive tract is reactive to the gluten protein found in wheat.

Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms and What They Mean For You

Many are finding health renewal in adopting a gluten-free eating approach. Could you benefit from eliminating gluten from your diet?

Quiz: How You Can Lower Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Which professional group contributes the most to the prevention of cardiovascular disease? Check out the answer to today's quiz.

Do You Need Folate Supplements?

Facts about folate: its role in human metabolism, natural food sources, and the possible need for supplementation.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain – Part 3

Simple steps you can take to recover from fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

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