Dr Mark Hyman practices Functional Medicine, which is as he puts it, ‘the future of conventional medicine – now’:
It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.
From the moment I was diagnosed with Crohn’s, it was obvious that this is the way to treat any disease, which is always – it appears to me right now anyway – caused by an imbalance in the system which needs correction. As I’ve seen over and over again in the countless case studies and testimonials I’ve read since coming home from hospital, contemporary western medicine seeks to simply cover up the symptoms, often with drugs that have incredibly damaging side effects.
The steroid I’m weaning off at the moment – Prednisalone – seems to be one that’s given very frequently for all kinds of auto-immune issues. Yet I read yesterday that when it was released to use by doctors, it was under the instructions that it only be used to treat ‘life-threatening situations’.
Here’s a case study written by Dr Hyman about a young girl who was being treated with many drugs, including Prednisalone, but was simply getting more and more sick. Within a couple of months of weaning off the drugs and addressing the root cause of the inflammation and auto-immune response, she was beginning to lead a normal life. The case study is a sanity-check for humanity – this is the way we should be looking at all disease, every time; it should be the way Doctors think first, not with raised eyebrows after administering a cocktail of dangerous, symptom-only suppressing drugs. Rant over.
Here’s a video of Dr Mark Hyman at TedMed, introducing the theme of Functional Medicine – I think he explains it really well; it’s so very obvious that this is how we should be healing people.