What is a Lyme literate doctor?

A Lyme literate doctor is a physician who has undergone extensive training specifically for recognizing and treating Lyme disease in its chronic and acute forms. One institution which offers this type of training is ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society). What is a Lyme literate doctor? When it comes to treating Lyme disease there …

Is Telemedicine the Best Way to Get Functional Medicine Care?

Over the last 18 months, many of us have had the experience of seeing a doctor by video. Certain health problems we thought never could have been solved by a telemedicine visit were simply and easily managed with the touch of a button. For people who seek integrative and functional medicine care, many of us …

How to treat chronic Lyme disease

Because tick-borne illness is complicated, chronic Lyme disease treatment must be comprehensive. Known as the great imitator, Lyme disease symptoms are similar to other illnesses and affect all systems in the body. Lyme literate doctors are knowledgeable and prepared to provide the highly personalized care chronic Lyme disease demands. Lab testing for chronic Lyme disease …

A Functional Medicine Approach to Healing COVID-19 Long Haul Syndrome

SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), otherwise known as COVID-19, has taken a devastating toll on the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide. Despite the development of vaccines, the disease is still prevalent and hospitalizations and deaths continue to mount. Even in the face of a relatively mild case of COVID-19, approximately …

Diagnosing & Healing Hashimoto’s with Functional Medicine

Hashimoto’s Disease is the medical name given to autoimmune hypothyroidism. It affects 1-2% of Americans, primarily women.  With this autoimmune condition, the body produces antibodies known as Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies or TPO antibodies, that attack the thyroid, rendering it less effective over time. Hashimoto’s symptoms can include: Fatigue Weight gain Thinning or dry hair, nails, …

Why TSH is not enough to detect thyroid problems

Between 1 and 10% of adults have some form of thyroid dysfunction. If you suspect there is a problem with your thyroid, your doctor will likely order a TSH test. Thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s and Grave’s disease are usually diagnosed as a result of an abnormal TSH test. However, TSH levels are …

How to Treat PCOS with Functional Medicine

PCOS, short for polycystic ovary syndrome, affects 1 in 10 women. It is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women of childbearing age. A typical PCOS treatment plan from traditional medicine is Metformin (a medication used to treat abnormal blood sugar in diabetes) or birth control pills in an attempt to balance hormones …

How To Stop Suffering From PMS: Treating PMS With Functional Medicine

Tired of dreading your period? You’re not alone. Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, affects over 90% of women. Often when women present with classic symptoms of PMS–fatigue, headache, bloating, and mood swings–they are only offered one treatment option: birth control pills. Yet, there are other options to heal your PMS symptoms. Is PMS just something I …

Adrenal Fatigue in Women: What You Need to Know

Adrenal fatigue in women, or HPA axis dysfunction, develops as we throw ourselves into life. We have a sense of purpose: we work hard, we take care of our families, and we do our best. But… sometimes we overdo it, and the stress mounts. Our bodies cannot handle it, and the result is a condition …

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