If you could turn back the clock to become healthier, more energetic, more youthful and have a better quality of life, would you? And what if you could make changes to the extent of increasing your life expectancy while reducing the medication you need?
You may or may not have heard of “functional medicine” before. This is medicine which gets down to the root cause of the issue, instead of only treating the symptoms. Of course, there are times when it is absolutely appropriate to help alleviate the symptoms, but identifying and then resolving the root cause of the issue is generally not addressed at all.
The good news is that “how we do medicine” appears to be changing. The Cleveland Clinic in the US, started a Functional Medicine faculty earlier this year. And here in the UK, the BBC broadcast a programme called, “Doctor In The House,” which shows how Functional Medicine works – by taking time to really understand the individuals, their needs and their lifestyles. And this takes much more time than the average GP (physician) currently has for each time slot of less than ten minutes per patient.
On the show, we saw a man who had been diagnosed with diabetes some 12 years ago and was on 3 medications, yet his blood sugar levels were too high. But by the end of the show, having tackled the root cause of his disease, by changing what he ate, how he ate, and adding in appropriate movement to his days, he lost weight, and more importantly, his visceral fat levels were significantly reduced (visceral fat is fat that surrounds the organs and are associated with risks for certain health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease), his blood sugar levels had returned to normal and as a result, he was able to stop taking two of the three medications.
He who takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skill of the physician. (Chinese proverb)
Here’s the thing. Getting down to the root cause and then making changes in diet and lifestyle can make quick and significant impacts on health, for the better – even to the extent of reversing the markers of chronic health issues, such as diabetes, and reducing the medication needed. (I understand that the programme will be broadcast on BBC America in the new year, so be sure to watch that space).
Dr Chatterjee, the “doctor in the house” has summarised the main principles of his approach. It’s not rocket science, and the most important piece that underlies it all, is that of personal responsibility – making the decision that making the changes you need to make are worth it, so that you can have more energy, better health, improved longevity. So, here are Dr Chaterjee’s principles:
1. Eat well
2. Move well
3. Sleep well
4. Relax well.
They’re totally aligned with the 6 Keystone Tips which you can download here, if you haven’t already done so, to get you started.
Now your turn. What changes are you going to make to uplevel your health this week? What is it that you perhaps already know would be good for you to do, but you just haven’t made that step as yet? Come on over to the Facebook page and share.