Can Functional Medicine Help Me?
Yes, it can! Functional medicine can provide benefits for a variety of issues and can coexist with your current treatments — even, in some cases, taking the place of your existing treatment plans.
Approaching medical care from a personal, purely natural perspective allows us to utilize all possible means of treatment for the best possible result.
Diseases & Dysfunctions We Can Treat:
When you think about your digestive system and its function, you may assume it is primarily there to process and absorb nutrients from your food. However, this system does so much more. For example, a significant part of your immune system resides in your digestive tract.
The more we discover about the digestive system, the more we are convinced that everything within our body is beautifully interconnected.
Issues that can be addressed with improved digestive health include:
- Mental health challenges
- Immune system issues
- And other conditions
Treating digestive upset and other ailments can improve the overall health of a person’s body. However, some digestive issues may manifest in other ways such as weight gain or loss, low energy, skin rashes, and others.
The endocrine system is responsible for many functions that occur within the body: glands and hormones are two primary parts of the endocrine system and affect the chemical balance of the entire body. When there is an issue with one or more parts of your endocrine system, problems can arise throughout the body in seemingly unrelated ways.
Signs that you might have a hormone imbalance include:
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Depression and anxiety
- Low libido
- Changes in appetite
- Digestive issues
- Hair loss and hair thinning
- Infertility and irregular periods
- Painful PMS
Though complex, hormone imbalances can often be positively and significantly affected by diet, exercise, supplements, and other holistic approaches to medicine. When patients utilize holistic means of healthcare, they find that they can finally lose weight, sleep, and enjoy healthy well-being in addition to a number of other benefits.
Hormonal Dysfunctions We Can Treat:
- Estrogen dominance
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Low estrogen
- Low testosterone
- Grave’s disease
An estimated 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition and 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition. Over half of those with this disease suffer from thyroid disease unknowingly. Why? Because it affects the entire body and it is easy to just accept feeling bad when that is all that you know.
Thyroid Imbalance symptoms include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Weight gain
- Inability to gain weight
- Muscle weakness
- Sleep issues
Using natural means, such as those we employ with holistic medicine, we are able to address the root of the issue which can alleviate a variety of symptoms.
Adrenal fatigue can result from a variety of issues including chronic stress and can be difficult to diagnose because it isn’t an accepted diagnosis by all medical professionals. The adrenal glands are responsible for producing many hormones that are essential to life. When factors such as stress cause an overproduction of certain hormones, these glands are unable to keep up with the need.
Additionally, Addison’s disease occurs when the adrenal glands are not producing enough of one or more hormones; fibromyalgia and depression can also be root causes of hormone deficiencies. No matter the root cause, not receiving the hormones your body needs will result in feeling unhealthy and possibly more serious conditions.
Often adrenal fatigue will manifest as:
- Negative thinking and emotional trauma
- Body aches
- Weight loss
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of body hair
- Skin discoloration/hyperpigmentation
In many cases, improving one’s diet, integrating a regular exercise regimen, utilizing supplements and herbs, naturally reducing stress, and other functional treatments can reduce adrenal fatigue stress and allow you to feel better and improve your body’s health on a wide scale.
An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the body. Essentially, the body doesn’t know “friend” (i.e. the body’s own cells) and “foe,” harmful germs and free radicals.
Autoimmune diseases can affect the body in a variety of ways and include:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- lupus (MS)
- Addison’s disease
- Grave’s disease
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Myasthenia gravis
- Pernicious anemia
No matter which specific autoimmune disease that you are dealing with, often employing functional medicine and lifestyle changes can help patients not only feel better, but see major improvements.
Even if you have not been diagnosed with a “major” disease, other conditions can be red flags of deeper issues that can be alleviated with functional medicine.
Do you deal with chronic joint pain? Continuing to pop pain pills can have negative side effects and won’t actually address the issue at hand. Functional medicine can not only provide pain relief, but also address the root of the issue.
You may think that aches and pains are a natural part of getting older, but when should you expect them and, really, should you accept them? Often aches and pains are a sign of deeper issues and can be helped with a change in diet, lifestyle, and sometimes employing functional medicine.
There are a lot of reasons why one might be losing their hair and many reasons are linked to our own body’s chemistry or nutritional deficiencies: hair loss can often be a sign of a deeper issue. Instead of just accepting hair loss, taking medications with side effects, or using cosmetic procedures that may or may not work, get to the root of the issue with functional medicine. Through listening to your symptoms and tests, we can determine what may be at the root cause of your hair loss, and help you find relief — and even stop hair loss.
In Sarasota and a society that is constantly on-the-go and in need of 24-hour stimulation, feeling tired may just seem like a natural part of life. However, you shouldn’t be feeling tired all the time — this is a sign that there needs to be a change made. In many cases, lifestyle changes can make a big difference in the way that you feel, but fatigue could also be a sign of hormonal imbalances and other issues.
Hair loss, fatigue, and aches and pains, and chronic pain are often related and part of a greater issue that can mean your body isn’t getting what it needs to be healthy and so allow you to feel energized, happy, and able to enjoy the best quality of life. Big Pharma would have you believe that more medications is the answer. Unfortunately, with this approach, your body still won’t receive the care that it needs and the problem will persist until it possibly becomes worse.
It’s time to try something more natural, personalized, and rooted in medical practices thousands of years old.
Functional Medicine & How It Could Change Your Life
If you’ve never been exposed to integrated healthcare, also known as holistic medicine, you may have some preconceived ideas about what it can offer you. You may think that it is “woo-woo,” uses crystals, and completely disregards Western medicine. However, that isn’t the case. There is a time and a place for both approaches to healthcare and they can work together to offer the best physical health and mental wellbeing.
You Can Say Goodbye to Popping Pills & Expensive, Risky Procedures
Many people in Sarasota and beyond simply accept the way they feel as “the way it is.” They take expensive drugs that can have side effects that put the rest of your body in peril. When expensive drugs seem to fail, they, at their doctor’s suggestion, turn to costly medical procedures and unnecessarily risky surgeries which, in most cases, don’t fully or effectively address the actual issue.
See Greater Success & Even A Reversal of Your Condition
Pain, hair loss, and serious conditions are often signs of deeper issues going on in the body. Some patients who have utilized functional medicine have seen complete reversals of their conditions. For other patients, they have seen greater success treating their condition by using holistic medicine alone or integrating it into their established treatment plan.
Employing Old Ideas With Cutting-Edge Technology in the Modern Age
Holistic medicine uses age-old medicinal practices that have been utilized for thousands of years by doctors all over the world. Today, with the help of modern technology, we can even more effectively test and treat patients in Sarasota and beyond utilizing these effective methodologies.
What is Holistic Medicine?
To explain it on the most basic level, functional medicine approaches healthcare to address a person’s ailments from a holistic perspective. This means that instead of addressing one symptom, we look at all the symptoms and other issues a patient is experiencing to get to the root of the issue.
Addresses the Body As a Whole
Additionally, holistic medicine looks to provide care that can enhance the entire body, such as integrating a healthy diet and exercise plan. By practicing healthy habits, the whole body benefits and the issue at hand is also addressed.
Promotes Healing Instead of Masking the Issue
Also, instead of using pharmaceutical drugs or risky and invasive surgeries, functional medicine uses natural, an arguably more effective means, to provide pain relief and healing. In many cases, drugs don’t actually promote healing, but simply mask the problem to give the patient a better quality of life.
Functional medicine can do both — promote healing and provide a better quality of life.
What Can Reveal & Reclaim Wellness Provide?
Dr. Michele Louiselle and her staff at Reveal & Reclam Wellness want to help patients in Sarasota and beyond revolutionize their lives. Through providing knowledge, effective testing methods, and treatment options Dr. Louiselle and her staff can help you better understand what is going on within your body and provide you treatment options and suggest lifestyle changes that really can change your life.
To learn more about the options available for you, contact us for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Louiselle. During which, we can discuss your health goals and how we can help you!
We provide a variety of services that can help you naturally feel better and promote healing and healthy balance in your body.