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Article I Wrote for TAPA on My Functional Medicine Business Journey

The following is an article I wrote for the Texas Association of Physician Assistants. 1) What got you interested in functional medicine? When Dr. Jeffrey Bland coined the term “functional medicine”, it was intended to be a hybrid of molecular biology, integrative medicine, and conventional medicine. It was not intended to be “green allopathy” (more on that […]... Read More
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Green Allopathy

The other day, I was shopping at my local Natural Grocers.  As I walked through the supplement section, I heard a customer discussing some allergy-type symptoms with the employee.  The employee was well-versed in which supplements to suggest, and recommended a couple of options for symptom relief.   As I listened to this brief exchange, […]... Read More
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Tall Poppy Syndrome: Handling Criticism in Integrative Medicine

As practitioners learn and reap the benefits of functional medicine, they will inevitably encounter colleagues that try to belittle their efforts.  Any practitioner that goes beyond the constraints of allopathic medicine (particularly if they have received training in Western medicine) will be subjected to judgements and criticism. When this happens, it is only natural to […]... Read More
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Standard of Care and Functional Medicine

  I once read a Facebook post in an integrative community group that asked members what natural “go-to” remedies were recommended to give her husband (who had been in an accident a few hours earlier, and was “showing signs” of a concussion).  Floods of comments came through, giving dietary and supplement device, until finally an […]... Read More
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The Science of Reversing Alzheimer’s

"Betty" was 65 years old when she was diagnosed with progressive memory loss. Two years later, her condition had progressed to the point of unemployment, she wasn’t eligible for long term care insurance, and was told by her family physician that there wasn't anything to do to stop the deterioration of her mind. Her mother […]... Read More
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Evidence based medicine in functional medicine

"First do no harm" We rely on evidence-based-medicine (EBM) to determine safe and effective treatments for our patients.  This is ideal for pharmaceutical drugs that are potent and carry many side effects/risks, herbal medicines and supplements that are utilized in high or continuous dosing, and physical medical interventions such as IV treatments and procedures. Over my […]... Read More
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Teaching vs Treating

When we go to the health care clinic, we expect to leave with a cause of our illness (aka diagnosis) and a treatment to feel better.  But there should be one more thing you get from your doctor - education. In functional medicine, the focus is on teaching patients how to obtain/maintain optimal health (versus […]... Read More
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Proving Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is rooted in evidence-based scientific research (aka "proof"), which helps those of us who have chosen this path back up our choices for labs and treatments. For any practitioner who has attended an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) course, you know how overwhelming it can be with all the studies that are reviewed […]... Read More
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Insulin Resistance: The Facts

In our medical education, we learn about insulin resistance, and what parameters "define" insulin resistance syndrome (aka metabolic syndrome).   But how do we measure it and identify it?   Let's start with a basic biochemistry reminder.  Insulin is an anabolic hormone made by the beta cells of the pancreas.  It's purpose is to help […]... Read More