"I Can Make Diseases Disappear..."
... said Dr Rangan Chatterjee at his TEDx talk in December. Quite a bold statement really.
Luckily for Rangan he is a GP and he can say that. It's the kind of statement which would have the ASA wanting to shut down my website and I would find myself hastily removed from BANT (my registering body).
However, this talk is one of the best explanations I have heard about Functional Medicine - the type of medicine I practice at the clinic.
In Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition we're looking for the underlying cause of the problem as opposed to just suppressing symptoms. I call it “root-cause resolution.” It’s the difference between turning off the stove and just putting a lid on a boiling pot.
The current medical system is fantastic at acute care and trauma. However most illnesses in adults and children are now chronic. Our current system focuses on diagnosis, then medication to suppress symptoms. It tells us what is wrong. But not why.
When we look through a systems biology approach restoring health looks different. We're looking to find out how can we help the body heal itself and restore function to the body's systems in order to provide long term, sustainable healing.
This year is going to be a full one for me - I'm going to complete my Institute of Functional Medicine training, I'm finishing the Natural Family Planning certification, I'm about to embark on my herbal medicine qualification and a new website is on the way.
So I'm starting boldly this year.
Do take a look at Rangan's talk and I look forward to seeing you if you're joining me for some root-cause resolution in 2017. My clinic diary is full in Hereford and London for January but there are some spaces coming up next month.
In good health and wishing you a bright New Year,