For those of us who have managed our diabetes over the decades, we often experience mixed feelings about our doctors. Some of us love our physicians while others are dissatisfied. Many of us are ambivalent about our doctors; can’t live with them and can’t live without them.
In another thread one of our members commented about a mention I made regarding functional medicine. She said she had never heard that term before. I have only been aware of it for a few years, primarily when my daughter started to encourage me to see a naturopath or functional medicine practitioner. I think she was tired of listening to the stream of complaints I voiced about my diabetes doctors.
The video below is a great introduction about what functional medicine is and how it can help us. From the descriptive comment posted with this video:
Conventional medicine approaches illness as a name it, blame it, and tame it game. But these labels or diagnoses are just names we associate with a collection of symptoms. They have nothing to do with why you have those symptoms—with the root causes of the “disease.” Conversely, just because your standard lab panel comes back normal does not always mean you are experiencing optimum health.
In this episode, Dr. Hyman speaks with Dr. Todd LePine about how Functional Medicine seeks to get to the root cause of health issues. They dive into the world of unconventional and advanced lab testing that they use to identify dysfunction in the body and optimize health.
I know many people look at any medical practice that moves beyond the realm of traditional Western medicine as being “woo-woo.” I understand that because I had the same feelings as I struggled to understand my coronary artery disease diagnosis and what to do with it. I decided to give it a try and am glad I did.
While the jury is still out about my reliance on lifestyle measures to treat my heart issues, I have made significant progress using functional medicine to restore normal non-pharma mediated sleep as well as treating digestion disfunction.
I realize that this video doesn’t speak directly to diabetes but instead is more general in nature. I also realize that almost all of us have other health issues both related and unrelated directly to diabetes.
I wish that TuD included a topic category, “managing your doctor,” because I think that’s what a lot of us spend time and energy on in the pursuit of better health. Enjoy the video! I am interested to read your comments.