Why I Practice Functional Medicine
I have been in healthcare for longer than I care to admit. During my time as a regisered nurse and nurse practitioner I have come to see the limits of traditional medicine. I can not recall the number of times that I have told patients, “Once the damage is done, there is nothing we can do to fix it”. Managing symptoms seems to be the best we can do through traditional medical practices. In many instances we can stablize patients and improve their quality of life but then they cycle through intermittent exacerbations of their chronic conditions.
Personally, I have seen the devastating effects of chronic liver disease and cancer in my close friends and family members. I myself have experienced the struggle of chronic gut issues, prediabetes, fatty liver disease, chronic kidney disease, and cancer. While trying to help myself I found traditional medical practices and treatments ineffective and lacking answers. I can not tell you how many times I left a doctor’s office disappointed. It was not until I began to study functional medicine that my conditions and symptoms began to make sense. I began to understand how they were related, the root causes, and how they compounded one another. I began to understand the impact of lifestyle choices and through implementing changes have been able to reverse my fatty liver, improve my kidney disease, stablize my prediabetes, and resolve my gut issues.
Traditional allopathic medicine has its place and is very valuable but I have come to release that functional medicine does as well. It is my desire to bridge the two in my practice to help improve my health and the health of those who choose to work with me.