Root Cause Medicine
Root Cause vs. Conventional Medicine
Why search for the root cause? Our current model of healthcare provides a lot of good but is lacking in a lot of areas as well. I am an integrative psychiatrist, but I began as a conventionally trained MD and finished a residency in psychiatry. I had a conventional practice for the first 8 years after finishing my residency. There were many patients who got better; however, many did not, and these patients struggled with treatment as usual.
This pushed me on path toward learning more approaches to trying to help. At this point, my view of what we should be doing in medicine and how we should be treating people is almost completely different.
Imbalance and Disease
We need to get to the root causes of the imbalance in the first place. This imbalance usually progresses to disease and multiple symptoms, to being generally unwell in a number of different ways.
Instead of seeing depression and anxiety as very distinct from gastrointestinal disturbance, thyroid abnormalities, brain fog, muscle stiffness, and pain, root cause medicine seeks to find the original source of imbalance that is creating these symptoms. All of these things really go hand-in-hand, and we can work to try to uncover some of the imbalances that may be related – and relating to – all of these things.
Functional Medicine is this attempt! If you feel this would be a useful approach for you, contact me here to schedule a complimentary phone consultation.