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How Your Stressful Childhood Led to Autoimmune Disease | Overland Park Functional Medicine Doctor | Holistic Medicine Kansas City | KC | Focus Integrative Healthcare

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The Science Behind it All What’s interesting is that there are individuals who experienced high levels of childhood stress yet were never diagnosed with a single autoimmune disease. This is because ACEs aren’t the entire story. We currently believe that when a person experiences stress as a child, the psychological experiences like abuse and neglect are programmed into the immune system. The macrophages (a type of white blood cell) develop a pro-inflammatory tendency (e.g. they display an exaggerated inflammatory response within the body). This still isn’t the entire story. The makeup of the microbiome (bacteria and other flora in the […]

Fact Check: Could Autism Really Be An Autoimmune Disease? | Kansas City | KC | Overland Park | Functional Medicine | Holistic | Integrative Doctor

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Is autism an autoimmune disease? Both scientists and physicians have been suggesting that it may be for years. Coming to a black and white conclusion as to whether it is or it isn’t has been complicated by the fact that we make the diagnosis of autism based on clinical observations or things that we see, and not based on objective measures such as blood tests or diagnostic imaging like we do in diabetes or with a broken toe. The problem here is that there is likely to be a variety of different causes to the group of conditions we refer […]

The most important dietary factor tied to healthy aging, according to a functional medicine doctor

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There’s a belief in our society that aging and a decline in health inevitably go hand-in-hand. Thirty-somethings joking about being unable to tolerate a hangover as well as a decade before or forty-somethings wondering when the heck their bones started aching every morning certainly aren’t imagined. And then of course there’s the ailments that plague older populations, such as dementia and Parkinson’s. But according to functional medicine doctor Mark Hyman, MD, author of the new book , it’s not impossible to get healthier as you age. Of course it takes a conscious effort of living well to age in this […]

What Is Functional Medicine?

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What is Functional Medicine? It’s true healthcare. Functional Medicine is a distinct medical model—separate and, as you’ll come to learn, vastly different from the conventional approach—one that promotes wellness and helps both prevent and treat chronic disease, the biggest health problem we face today. Although its concepts are not new, in this way, its approach is revolutionary. Functional Medicine is the future of medicine. That all sounds wonderful, you may be thinking, but how exactly does it work, and what does it look like in practice, for patients and practitioners? You’re about to get some answers to those very important […]

The 8 Supplements A Functional Medicine Doctor Takes Daily

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Dr. Mark Hyman, a leader in functional medicine, the author of many bestselling books and longtime contributor to The Chalkboard Mag, is a walking wellness encyclopedia. Sometimes, when we have access to a great pro like Dr. H, all we really want to know is what they do daily. It speaks volumes.  We’ve asked Dr. Hyman more questions than most of his patients at this point. Explore all of our interviews with him here, then do a deep dive on the doc’s daily supplement routine… Even with a perfect diet, the combination of many things –including our depleted soils, the […]

Dr. Jill Carnahan Flatiron Functional Medicine

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Lithium is a misunderstood naturally occurring element that’s used as a medication. It’s known for its mood stabilizing properties as a psychotropic drug. While you probably consider lithium to be a serious mind altering medication, the fact of the matter is lithium can often be found in low levels in our drinking water ranging from trace amounts to 0.17 mg/L. Details You’re eating right, taking supplements, hitting the gym, and making sure you have your 8 hours of sleep. Yet, you still feel tired. Firstly, well done for sticking with these habits even though you still don’t feel 100% — […]