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Source: Post Independent. GJ Free Press health columnist Scott Rollins, M.D., is board certified with the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

This Health Column from Post Independent talks about the health care paradigm and how it is shifting. Many physicians are in fact changing the way they practice "medicine". 

"Applying a holistic lens to our patients, we are also integrating complementary and alternative therapies to help them achieve wellness. This is the essence of what is called 'functional medicine'."

Read this article (CLICK HERE), to find out Function Medicine comes to the rescue to evaluate and treat patients. Examining the "why" of the issue - examining and emphasizing the patient's role in their own health is the root of Functional Medicine.

Do you want to know the "Keys to Great Health"? Read Dr. Rollins perspective and gain insight on how your behavior can affect your health more than anything else. 

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I'd like to share a letter from the mother of one of my younger patients that was treated for Lyme Disease:

 

Dear Dr. Sult,

 

I would like to start out this letter by thanking you for saving my daughter’s life.  I have thought about you many times over the last 2 years and have felt I needed to write this letter for a long time.  I’m not sure if you remember Grace as one of your patients fighting Lyme disease.  She came to you when she was about 7 or 8.  That is when you were still at Williams Integracare.  I was never one for expressing my feelings openly to you about how much I appreciated you and the care you gave my family!  I hope you realize you have a special gift for working with people.  You are the best listener I have ever met in my life.  I have referred many people to you over the last years and I am sure they had the greatest care, just as we did.

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This complimentary on-line event is designed to raise the bar, change the game, and indeed quiet the repetitive nay-sayers who just don’t get the relevance of immunity in applied brain science. Over time, undetected, untreated Gluten Sensitivity can result in repeated psychiatric medication treatment failures.

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Listen to Your (Leaky) Gut We often offer the advice, “Listen to your gut,” meaning, follow your instincts and listen to the voice deep inside, because it really knows best.

 

Although that advice is figurative, you should also take it literally. Your gut, or your intestines, can provide a surprising amount of information about what is happening in your body, and listening to it can sometimes reveal the source of a chronic illness.

 

Your intestines are also called the bowel. Together the small and large intestines form a tube that carries food from the stomach, absorbs the useful nutrients, and forms waste to pass from the body through the anus.

 

Intestines have a unique job in the body. Most barriers in the body have one job. Skin and kidneys, for example, exist only to keep things out. The intestines, however, selectively let nutrients and water in while also pumping waste out.  The entire time, your intestines are trying to understand what is friend or foe. It has a very complicated job and is a very active organ, requiring a lot of energy.

 

In addition to this essential work, the gut also hosts 70% of all the immune system tissue in your body. If something goes awry in your gut, you may eventually see seemingly unrelated problems, such as autoimmune diseases and arthritis. If you go to your doctor because you are bothered by arthritis, you may get a prescription for a type of pain reliever and joint medicine but not one that addresses why your immune system is working against you. And that answer is: leaky gut.

 

So, what is leaky gut?  When your intestines become inflamed, you get something known as hyperpermeability. That means the intestines' barrier system is not working properly; harmful bacteria may get into the intestines, while nutrients may not be absorbed well.

 

This crossing of the barrier confuses the immune system, and it sends out antibodies to fight the unwanted bacteria, resulting in inflammation. Patients may notice symptoms such as gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome. If not addressed, the inflammation can cause fatigue, muscle aches, and/or joint pains, and it can lead to autoimmune diseases such as thyroiditis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

But for those who listen to their gut, there is hope and treatment. In functional medicine, we focus on treating not just the symptoms, but also on what went wrong in the first place. For the person who comes in with arthritis, we look at how to ease his joint pain because that is what is hurting him from day to day. But we also focus on the irritable bowel to see how we can heal the gut.  We'll check to see if the patient has an imbalance of bacteria, yeast, fungus, or other substances that are supposed to be in the gut. Then, we will restore that balance. We may use prescription medicines, along with cultured foods like yogurt or sauerkraut, to increase healthy bacteria. We may give the patient a probiotic pill to help kill off the bad bacteria, along with additional nutrients to calm down the inflammation.

 

Understanding the origin of a chronic illness is absolutely necessary in developing an effective treatment plan. Listening to your (leaky) gut and finding out what it is trying to say can help heal the body and not just manage the symptoms.

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