Functional medicine approach is a whole body approach rather than addressing ailments on each organ separately. It is about correcting the metabolism which is responsible for all chronic lifestyle diseases. A healthy metabolism helps prevent as well as treat many chronic diseases.
Functional medicine approach is a scientifically proven way of addressing chronic diseases; we have many testimonials of this in our clinic. We treat an autoimmune disease with proper diet, nutraceuticals (food containing health-giving additives) and detox protocol. Our patients are often astonished to see the remarkable improvements they experience in their symptoms as well as blood works. One recent example is one of the patient with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis having Anti thyroid antibodies at 333 in the month of February 2016 (normal should be less than 4) has reported to be at 3.46 in the month of August 2017!
In patients with ulcerative colitis – a common type of inflammatory bowel disease – and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, in which the immune system strikes the thyroid gland, we advise our patients to follow strict dietary guidelines based on their blood type.
We identify the root cause of the leaky gut syndrome such as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or yeast overgrowth. We advise them to restrict certain food products like gluten and dairy which are large proteins and leak out from the intestinal gap junctions of the damaged endothelium, leading to an autoimmune reaction in the body. Modern-day gluten is more dangerous than that of our grandparents ate. GMO (genetically modified organism) wheat, corn, soy has caused innumerable side effects to us, humans. Earlier, wheat was not genetically modified and therefore was relatively safe to eat. In conclusion, when we address these underlying issues, we are able to get a reversal in these patients.
Dr. Kalpana Gupta Shekhawat
MBBS, DNB, DFM, MD Clinical Nutrition, CNCB, TEXAS, USA
Functional & Regenerative Medicine Specialist
BHRT Consultant (American Anti-ageing Medicine)