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part, this is because the fundamental focus of our health care delivery, the allopathic medical system, is based on an out-of-date, limited scientific model.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

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain – Part 2

Part 2 of Dr. Lavine's article on fibromyalgia and chronic pain covers more of the basic scientific principles that are emerging as we grapple to understand this complex and diverse disease process.

Fix acid alkaline imbalance: One of the ways to improve kidney function

Kidney researchers have shown that fixing an acid diet protects the kidneys from damage.

What Works Best to Treat Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome?

A survey performed in 2003 asked people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity what treatments worked best.

Eight Best Ways to Detox Your Life

We live in an increasingly toxic world. Discover the important steps you can take to safeguard your health.
Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

The manufacturers of cosmetics and skin care products use a variety of potentially harmful chemicals in their products, run inadequate safety tests, label them in confusing ways, and then unleash them on unsuspecting consumers. Protect your health by getting to the bottom of the confusion.

Fibromyalgia – One Of The Symptoms Of Mineral Deficiency?

Analysis of hair samples shows that women with fibromyalgia have significantly lower levels of five essential minerals.

It’s Not the Pain, It’s the Fatigue

A recent survey asked fibromyalgia patients what their symptoms were really like. Discover what they said...
Three Best Ways to Avoid Mercury Toxicity Symptoms

Three Best Ways to Avoid Mercury Toxicity Symptoms

Environmental exposure to mercury is one of the leading environmental causes of brain damage, and there's no safe level. Discover the three most important steps you can take to limit your exposure to this dangerous environmental toxin.

Build Your Body’s Access to Abundant Energy

When our tissues gradually lose their sensitivity to the effects of the hormone insulin, we're at risk of developing chronic conditions like obesity, arthritis, chronic pain, dementia, or type 2 diabetes. But there are practical steps you can take to restore your cells' sensitivity to insulin.

Beyond Calcium and Vitamin D – What Else Can I Do to Stop Bone Loss?

Most people know to take calcium and vitamin D supplements to help prevent osteoporosis. As valuable as these steps are, they're not the only important measures you can take to prevent bone loss.

Douse the Flames of Inflammation

Our ancestors from the Stone Age survived because their physiology evolved to match the environment that existed back then. But the typical diet and lifestyle of today - far different from those of Paleolithic times - puts you at risk for chronic degenerative conditions.

Harmful Gut Bacteria Contribute to Your Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

Take advantage of the latest research that links altered gut bacteria to fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

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