Integrative medicine aims to optimise a child’s development which has been compromised or delayed due to underlying gastro-intestinal, neurological, mitochondrial, methylation, inflammation or toxicity issues. Compromised development in children often manifests as problems with:
Chronic diseases can persist over long periods and can be aggravated by lifestyle choices and the serious effects that chronic inflammation has on disease. This systemic or “silent” inflammation doesn’t cause you any pain — it lives “under the radar,” quietly lingering for years, where it silently injures your heart, brain and immune system. In fact, the number of diseases linked to chronic inflammation such as heart disease or cancer is staggering.
Integrative medicine is well-suited to the treatment of chronic disease because it focuses on discovering the underlying cause of your of the disease rather than merely treating the symptoms. Treating chronic disease can be a lifelong journey. Integrative medicine does much more than manage your symptoms; it empowers you with the essential tools to create meaningful and lasting change in your life.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is also described as burnout, or Adrenal Fatigue and is defined as a set of symptoms that include prolonged, overwhelming fatigue that starts upon awakening and lasts throughout the day. Other symptoms may include mood swings, muscle spasms, pain, headache, sleep disturbances, and loss of appetite.
Neurological disorders are diseases of the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles. It may be the result of predisposing factors, such as family history, genetics, infection, a history of environmental exposures, and nutritional toxicities or deficiencies.
These disorders include:
An evaluation and modification of nutritional imbalances, forms the foundation of the integrative approach to treating neurological disorders.
Sleep disorders can be identified as episodes that occur on a regular basis and interfere with your daily life. It may be caused by health problems, stress or other external influences.
Psychiatric disease refers to a wide range of mental health disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behaviour and may include depression, anxiety disorders, Schizophrenia, eating disorders or addictive behaviours. It is characterised by the frequent stress that causes an individual and affects their ability to function normally in everyday life.
Our digestive system is at the forefront of our overall health as it takes in nutrients and eliminates waste products. Digestive concerns are often the result of an impaired immune system, improper food intake and poor nutrient absorption.
Because more than 60% of your immune system resides within the gut, when your gut fails to sort the good from the bad, harmful toxins can enter your bloodstream. By correcting digestive issues, you can protect your immune system and relieve symptoms caused by Autoimmune Disease.
Gastrointestinal conditions can include:
Maintaining proper gut health can affect other body systems and greatly reduce our quality of life.
Our immune systems normally guard our bodies against germs like bacteria and viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends out an army of fighter cells to attack them. Normally, the immune system can tell the difference between foreign cells and your own cells.
In an Autoimmune Disease, the immune system mistakes part of your body — like your joints or skin — as foreign. It releases proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells.
Although each Autoimmune Disease has its own symptoms, the early symptoms of many of these diseases are very similar and may include:
The pancreas produces the hormone, Insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. In type 1 Diabetes, the immune system attacks and destroys Insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. High blood sugar can damage blood vessels, as well as organs like the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves.
In Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), the immune system attacks the joints. This attack causes redness, warmth, soreness, and stiffness in the joints.
Skin cells normally grow and then shed when they’re no longer needed. Psoriasis causes skin cells to multiply too quickly. The extra cells build up and form red, scaly patches called scales or plaques on the skin.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) damages the myelin sheath or protective coating that surrounds nerve cells. Damage to the myelin sheath affects the transmission of messages between your brain and body and can lead to symptoms like numbness, weakness, balance issues, and trouble walking. The disease comes in several forms, which progress at different rates.
Although doctors in the 1800s first described Lupus as a skin disease because of the rash it produces, it actually affects many organs, including the joints, kidneys, brain, and heart joint pain, fatigue, and rashes are among the most common symptoms.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) causes inflammation in the lining of the intestines. Each type of IBD affects a different part of the GI tract.
Addison’s Disease affects the adrenal glands, which produce the hormones, Cortisol and Aldosterone. Having too little of these hormones can affect the way the body uses and stores carbohydrates and sugar. Symptoms include weakness, fatigue, weight loss, and low blood sugar.
Graves’ Disease attacks the thyroid gland in the neck, causing it to produce too much of its hormones. Thyroid hormones control the body’s energy usage, or metabolism.
Having too much of these hormones causes symptoms like nervousness, a fast heartbeat, heat intolerance, and weight loss. One common symptom of this disease is bulging eyes.
This condition attacks the joints, as well as glands that provide lubrication to the eyes and mouth. The hallmark symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome are joint pain, dry eyes, and dry mouth.
In Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, thyroid hormone production slows. Symptoms include weight gain, sensitivity to cold, fatigue, hair loss, and swelling of the thyroid.
Myasthenia Gravis affects nerves that help the brain control the muscles. When these nerves are impaired, signals can’t direct the muscles to move.
The most common symptom is muscle weakness that gets worse with activity and improves with rest. Often muscles that control swallowing and facial movements are involved.
Vasculitis happens when the immune system attacks blood vessels. The inflammation that results narrows the arteries and veins, allowing less blood to flow through them.
This condition affects a protein called intrinsic factor that helps the intestines absorb vitamin B-12 from food. Without this vitamin, the body can’t make enough red blood cells.
People with Celiac Disease can’t eat foods containing gluten — a protein found in wheat, rye, and other grain products. When gluten is in the intestine, the immune system attacks it and causes inflammation.
Acknowledging that the human body functions as a complete unit with each organ system influencing and impacting another, an integrative approach to autoimmunity includes looking at all aspects of a person’s health. In the case of autoimmunity where the body is mistakenly attacking itself, discovering how to best support the body can take time and often requires the use of special laboratory testing to identify triggers (i.e. infections, food sensitivities) and treatments that will maximise healing and minimise further destruction.
An immune disorder is a disfunction of the immune system causing you to be more susceptible to ear infections, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Sinusitis or skin infections. Immuno-deficient patients may also develop abscesses of their internal organs, autoimmune or rheumatologic and gastrointestinal problems.
Your immune system includes the following organs:
Connective tissue disease refers to a group of disorders involving the protein-rich tissue that supports organs and other parts of the body. Examples of connective tissue are fat, bone, and cartilage. These disorders often involve the joints, muscles, and skin, but they can also involve other organs and organ systems, including the eyes, heart, lungs, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and blood vessels. There are more than 200 disorders that affect the connective tissue. Causes and specific symptoms vary by the different types.
A minor infection, such a cold or flu, usually resolves quickly and does not necessitate medical intervention. However, individuals who are suffering from repeated episodes of infections such as chronic sinusitis, chronic Rhinitis, chronic non-healing wounds and recurrent episodes of diarrhoea may have a chronic infection.
Signs that may suggest testing for a chronic Infection:
Metabolic health refers to ones’ metabolism, which includes the whole range of biochemical processes that occur within us relating to the build-up and breakdown of substances. The term “metabolic” is often used to refer specifically to the breakdown of food and its transformation into energy. Metabolic diseases include Type 2 Diabetes (Insulin Resistance), Thyroid problems, Phenylketonuria (PKU) and Pyroluria.
The aim of preventive medicine is the absence of disease, either by preventing the occurrence of a disease or by halting a disease and resulting complications after its onset. Disease is affected by environmental factors, genetic predisposition, disease agents, and lifestyle choices. Health, disease, and disability are dynamic processes which begin before individuals realize they are affected. Preventative medicine relies on anticipatory actions that can be categorized as primal, primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.
A through risk profile can be drawn up for each patient through evaluation of their family history and DNA testing.
This includes risks to develop osteoporosis, cholesterol, cancer, diabetes or cardio-vascular disease