By Neenah Payne
Functional Medicine: 21st Century Healthcare discusses some of the growing number of Medical Doctors who went back to school to become Naturopathic Doctors or Functional Medical Doctors.
Dr. Terry Wahls explains in her 2011 TEDx Talk Minding Your Mitochondria that she was hopeless and wheelchair-bound with “incurable” multiple sclerosis in 2007 while following the best that conventional medicine had to offer. However, just by switching to organic food, Dr. Wahls was able to take an 18-mile bike ride in 2008 and to go hiking in the mountains! She is now the author of two books on the paleo diet.
Dr. Jeffrey Bland: Founder of Functional Medicine
The 2014 book The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, the father of Functional Medicine, explains the transition from 20th century Allopathic Medicine to 21st century Functional Medicine.
Dr. Bland, a biochemist by training, earned dual degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Oregon. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Nutrition where he is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry. Dr. Bland is a former professor of biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and served as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in the early 1980ss, working directly with two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling whom he considers his lifelong mentor.
In the video Dr. Jeffrey Bland: The Father of Functional Medicine, Dr. Bland says, “We’re in a time of revolution, this transition into the 21st century with biomedicine and our understanding of the origin of health and disease is truly epicly changing.”
Audio Interview: The Disease Delusion with Dr. Jeffrey Bland
In his article The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life, Dr. Bland says:
Although it may seem comforting to receive a diagnosis from a specialist — you have arthritis, or you have depression — that is only a starting point for understanding the shared mechanisms that underlie that manifestation of illness. In Functional Medicine, such a diagnosis is but the first step toward finding out how to manage the condition effectively. Solving a health problem comes not from naming it but from understanding the physiological disturbances that have resulted in the changed function we refer to as disease.
Functional Medicine takes a systems approach to the body — why, because the body contains a network of organ systems — immune, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, etc. — but here the important word is network; all these systems are linked. An event in one system can affect something else in another system. An anti-inflammatory that diminishes pain in your musculoskeletal system may at the same time be causing serious harm in your gastrointestinal system, so although your arthritis may feel better, you’ve suddenly got a miserably painful ulcer.
Institute of Functional Medicine: The 21st Century Doctor
In 1991, Dr. Bland and with his wife, Susan, founded The Institute for Functional Medicine, a nonprofit organization focused on educating healthcare practitioners on effective approaches to treating and preventing chronic disease. The 142-page white paper by the IFM provides a comprehensive overview. Thomas Edison foresaw this medical revolution about 100 years ago.
Although Americans spend more than any other country on healthcare, the charts below from the PDF show that, compared to other industrialized nations, the US ranks very low in life expectancy and high in infant mortality. This shows that the conventional approach to healthcare is not working.
Dr. Amy Myers Cured Her Autoimmune Disease
Dr. Amy Myers turned to Functional Medicine to heal her autoimmune disease. The 2016 book The Evolution of Medicine: Join the Movement to Solve Chronic Disease and Fall Back in Love with Medicine discusses the exciting, growing, powerful shift to a new medicine that is known by many names including holistic, Naturopathic, and Functional Medicine.
The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases by Dr. Myers is an Amazon Best-Seller.
Over 90 percent of the population suffers from inflammation or an autoimmune disorder. Until now, conventional medicine has said there is no cure….chronic and debilitating diseases like Crohn’s and rheumatoid arthritis are handled with a cocktail of toxic treatments that fail to address their root cause. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
In The Autoimmune Solution, Dr. Amy Myers, a renowned leader in functional medicine, offers her medically proven approach to prevent a wide range of inflammatory-related symptoms and diseases, including allergies, obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, IBS, chronic headaches, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Dr. Craig Hauser Healed His Autoimmune Disease
Dr. Craig Hauser, an MD turned to Functional Medicine to heal himself, is in the 2016 documentary Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You which says, “Join Dr Tom O’Bryan, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and over 85 of the World’s Leading Doctors, Scientists, and Researchers as well as Autoimmune Patients who have Reversed their Disease. Discover the True Solution to Autoimmune Disease in This Shocking 7-Part Documentary Series.”
Dr. Hauser says:
My issues ranged from kidney stones, shingles, Lyme disease, tinnitus, and Bell’s Palsy to stress, anxiety and (what I dreaded the most) panic attacks. I’ve had high cholesterol, reflux (GERD), put on extra pounds, and tried all kinds of exercise and diets. I know all too well what irritable bowel disease is and just how little it is regarded in the typical American medical system. My medicine cabinet was FULL of prescriptions. I also know first hand about SSRIs, anti-anxiety medicine and the deep desire for a more natural, more effective solution without all the awful side effects.
So, I set out on a journey. Maybe like the one you’ve been on, bouncing from doctor to doctor and rushing through 15-minute appointments… Eventually I discovered Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, etc. Anything other than Western Medicine, which treated me like a number even though I was part of the system. I began studying with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona as a Fellow in the Integrative Medicine program…Now, my medicine cabinet is much simpler and my refrigerator, garden, and pantry are much healthier. Most importantly, my life is less stressful and more full.
Like many other MDs, Dr. Hauser turned to Functional Medicine because Allopathic Medicine had failed to cure his illnesses.
Why Dr. Mark Hyman Switched to Functional Medicine
In the 2014 video Dr. Mark Hyman: The Future of Medicine, Dr. Hyman explains how his life and health were transformed when he met Dr. Jeffrey Bland in 1996. Dr. Hyman discusses The 4Cs of Change: Content (Functional Medicine), Connections, Community, and Connectivity (Technology). Dr. Hyman recommends the 2014 film Fed Up which is available on Amazon Prime as a DVD. See the trailer.
Dr. Hyman is a family physician and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, Board President of Clinical Affairs for the Institute for Functional Medicine, and a medical editor for The Huffington Post. He has been a medical contributor to CNN and many TV shows including CBS This Morning, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Katie, and The Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Hyman a 10-time #1 New York Times bestselling author and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field.
Dr. Hyman has testified before both the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine. He consulted with the Surgeon General on diabetes prevention and participated in the 2009 White House Forum on Prevention and Wellness. Dr. Hyman has also advised the World Economic Forum on global health. He is the winner of the Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine and was inducted into the Books for Better Life Hall of Fame.
In the 2016 video Dr. Mark Hyman and Functional Medicine, Dr. Hyman says he switched to Functional Medicine when he suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which conventional MDs did not resolve because they just prescribed drugs to suppress the symptoms. With Functional Medicine, he discovered that the CAUSE of the problem was mercury poisoning and intestinal infection. He was then able to treat those issues and fully restore his health.
In the 2016 video Dr. Mark Hyman and Functional Medicine Part II, Dr. Hyman shows how easily he was able to restore a very sick kid’s health by “removing the bad stuff (toxins) and putting in the good stuff (nutrients)”. Functional Medicine says there are two primary causes of all chronic illnesses: 1. Excess Toxicity: Too much bad stuff and 2. Insufficient Nutrients: Too little good stuff.
Dr. Cynthia Foster’s Inspiring Journey
Cynthia A. Foster, MD is the author of the 2018 book Stop the Medicine!: A Medical Doctor’s Miraculous Recovery with Natural Healing. Dr. Foster was severely injured by a vaccine she was required to take for medical school. However, neither she nor the MDs she saw connected her symptoms to the shot.
“Stop the Medicine tells the true story of how a medical doctor, dying from an incurable disease in the midst of her medical training in the late 1990’s, fought desperately for her life by following natural and alternative healing methods. In the process of healing, she would take on an entirely different view of the meaning of symptoms and disease, and would end up leaving conventional medicine completely to help heal her patients naturally.
Stop The Medicine is a passionate, frank, humorous, informative, shocking, and unparalleled look at the medical establishment from an insider’s view. This extraordinary book opens hospitals doors that had previously been marked, “Hospital Personnel Only!”
Cynthia Foster, MD began her formal medical studies with the aspiration of becoming a radiologist. Tragically, her entrance into medical school was soon followed by the emergence of severe epileptic seizures. The grand mal seizures became so extreme that they were dislocating her joints. In addition, a genetic susceptibility to thyroid disease began to cause problems that caused serious heart problems & extreme weakness.
Medical doctors were unable to accurately diagnose her condition. Meanwhile, her disease had reduced her to crawling and she was forced to continue her studies on the floor of her apartment. All conventional treatment options failed. She realized that to overcome this life-threatening disease, she would have to throw out her medical teachings, and journey into the unknown.
She “stumbled” across an alternative medicine clinic where thousands before her had found cures for their diseases. In the waiting room, she spoke with fellow patients in various stages of healing, and found that patients with such diseases as cancer, lupus, heart disease, and other serious diseases were reversing them naturally. She witnessed the miracles possible with herbs — people surviving who had been told they were going to die, organs regenerating, and tumors dropping off never to come back again. There, on a weekly basis, she followed recommendations from a holistic-oriented nurse.
Despite the miracles, she did not want to give up her conventional medical training, and impatiently wished the process of healing would speed up so that she could get on to practicing “real medicine.”
She then entered into the clinical years of her medical training. Immediately, she noted the sharp contrast offered by the sterile conventional medical community: chronic suffering that led to more physical pain, disability, and emotional trauma. She saw the abuses in the system — inaccurate lab tests, too little time spent with patients, and the use of too many medications with the disasters that followed.
Stop the Medicine Second Edition contains a section describing the exact cleanses that Dr. Foster used to regain her health with information on how to obtain them.”
Left medicine over 20 years ago after herbs & natural healing techniques ended a 4-year battle w/ epilepsy. I’m now the medical doctor who refuses to practice medicine! After suffering from seizures twice daily for almost 4 years & being repeatedly misdiagnosed, I was fed up. I researched & implemented natural healing techniques & cured myself! I’ve been seizure-free for over 20 years.
Due to my own natural healing without any medications or surgery, I was finished with modern medicine. Refusing an internal medicine position, I began doing natural healing consultations. Because the herbs & vitamins in the health foods stores were too weak to help me cure myself or anyone else, I formulated the highly concentrated herbal formulae & essential oil blends that I’ve used to repeat the miracle healings with my own patients.
Dr. Foster’s Essentials herbal extracts are based on a very strong herb to alcohol ratio permeated with energetic remedies in a unique processing technique that yields extracts that are 4 to 10 times stronger than ordinary herbal preparations (most herbal companies follow the USP standards which are 4 to 10 times weaker). I have used this line of organic herbs & therapeutic grade essential oils to help heal incurable cases, working with people of all ages & with all types of health issues.
Through my extensive experiences with natural healers, experiences practicing natural healing, as well as my personal experiences with healing, I have learned not to put any limitations on what can be healed.
Currently working on a 2nd book which includes the groundbreaking natural methods I have been using to help hundreds of people across the country experience a dramatic change in their health.
I have been featured numerous times in the media & have also served as herbal product trainer & spokesperson for several herbal companies. I have given lectures all over North America from Portland, Oregon to Orlando, Florida to British Columbia, Canada.
In the video below, Dr. Foster points out the importance of taking remedies in the first 24 hours.
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Neenah Payne writes for Activist Post
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