Lessons I've Learned After
Medical School, Internship, Residency, and Fellowship:
Our health care system has been magnificently designed to deliver acute lifesaving interventions and alleviate pain. Yet, it has been unable to effectively address our unique preconditions and individual root causes that have led to our inexorable failing health. Initially, this was because biotechnology was not yet available. As medical science progressed, insurance companies were hesitant to provide coverage for diagnosis and treatment based on this novel practice.
They were also slow to recognize the effort it took to address early disease markers that had not been previously associated with chronic inflammatory conditions. The terms hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis dysfunction, microbiome, environmental toxic exposure, intracellular nutrition, and hormone homeostasis were simply not well understood. Thanks to the efforts of groups such as Bale and Doneen Clinic, the American Association of Anti Aging Medicine (A4M), the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), Synergetics, USC Center for Longevity (Valter Longo, Ph.D.), and countless others, there has been an explosion of information made available to physicians already in practice that has enabled them to take patient care to the next level. These, coupled with new advances in laboratory testing, genetics, endocrinology, toxicology and immunology has been the basis for establishing the field of Integrative Medicine. Through this approach, we seek to identify the root causes of chronic inflammatory diseases and intervene at the intracellular level of molecular biology.