The Center for Disease Control has found that we are facing an epidemic of Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD). This is an alarming situation because Autism has a huge toll on children and their parents. As opposed to conventional belief, environmental exposures rather than genetics alone is responsible for the development of Autism. Hence an early functional integrative approach that identifies and addresses the environmental factors underlying this disorder along with behavior modification offers an optimal and effective strategy to prevent, halt and reverse the symptoms of autism. This blog provides an overview of this approach.
The conventional wisdom that reducing calorie intake and burning calories is the solution to weight loss is an oversimplified approach to a complex problem. According to NHANES survey, more than 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese. One in 6 children and adolescents are suffering from obesity. Weight gain in an individual is not always the result of an unhealthy diet and/or lack of exercise. Many factors including Microbiome, food sensitivity, trauma and stress, inflammation, hormonal imbalance, use of certain medications, fatty liver, persistent infections and exposure to environmental toxins play a important role in causing weight gain. This blog discusses how a personalized integrative approach considers each of these factors into acount to help an individual lose weight.
This blog provides key information about how leaky gut is the root cause of many symptoms and health conditions. It identifies the changes in the intestine seen in those who have leaky gut. In addition, it also explains the causes of leaky gut and how a 5 R approach can reverse leaky gut.
We are experiencing an increase in tick exposure leading to Lyme Disease. Persistent Lyme exposure can cause chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression and neurological symptoms. In addition, it can also trigger the development of autoimmune diseases and Sarcoidosis. Unfortunately, many individuals with persistent Lyme never develop the classic signs of fever and rash leading to underdiagnosis and undertreatment. The blog outlines a functional integrative approach to identify and address persistent Lyme related diseases and symptoms.
Dr. Nadia Ali presented her research poster on Reversal of Chronic Fatigue at the annual international conference of the Institute of Functional Medicine on 1st June 2018. She discussed 3 cases of chronic fatigue in terms of their risk factors, triggers and root causes. All of these cases were successfully reversed after the root causes were identified using functional testing and treatment using botanicals and non-invasive interventions.
This blog discusses the root causes underlying the development of hypothyroidism including Hashimoto's disease as well as how those can be addressed to reverse fatigue and symptoms from a low functioning thyroid gland. This blog provides insight into reversing an autoimmune process to prevent other autoimmune diseases.
This blog discusses the growing threat of autoimmune diseases as well as how individuals with autoimmune diseases can reverse their disease and symptoms by treatng the root cause of inflammation. The blog provides a case in which a lot of suffering could have been prevented if the root cause would have been identified.
A 35 year old female experienced food cravings during the evening and night times. She was progressively gaining weight especially around her belly. She was under a lot of stress due to family issues and work. She also had complaints of brain fog and fatigue. It took her more than 30 minutes to fall asleep and often woke up in the middle of the night.This blog discusses the connection between food cravings, weight gain and cortisol using a case based approach.
As a physician, one of the most frequently asked questions that I get is "Am I healthy?", "Can I get tested to make sure that I am healthy?"or "How do I know that I am healthy?" This blog provides an insight into understanding our health.
There is a new model of health care called the Functional Model. It is replacing the conventional model. This change is being driven by both evidence and research as well as by patients who are more educated, aware and motivated to take charge of their own health. This blog discusses some fundamental differences between these approaches