Functional Neurology
of Middlesex County
Gregory Symko, D.C., D.A.B.C.N.
747 Main Street Suite 205
Concord, MA 01742
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Posts about the topic: Medication

Dr. Symko, Concord-area Functional Neurologist, and Functional Medical Practitioner and the Evolution of Health, Part Two.

Evolution of Healthcare, Part Two

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Western medicine is very good at acute-care but is not the panacea for disease prevention. There needs to be a change the way we handle chronic disease.

Healthcare has often been called ill to the pill medicine. For example, someone has a complaint about high blood pressure, arthritis, heartburn, acid reflux, or depression and there is a pill for that. For every single disease that is labeled, it has a pill attached to it, and insurance continues to pay for this.

The incentive for Western medicine is to get paid for a diagnosis, and not an outcome. For many years health care has named the problem, blamed the problem, tamed the problem with medication, and then billed for it.

The problem with this approach is that it’s not improving our overall health. We are not thinking about functional medicine, or about getting to the underlying cause of someone’s ailment. No one is looking at the whole person’s body, mind, emotions and spirit in looking at how all our systems interact.

The 2009 World Economic Forum discovered that chronic disease is the most severe threat to today’s economic development.
In 2010 the United States spent over $8 billion on therapy. Most of this is going to therapy such as cholesterol-lowering medication, antidepressants, and anti-psychotics.

In 2013, Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine stated, “the nation’s current health trajectory is lower in success hiring costs than it should be.”

According to the World Health Organization, 70 to 90% of all colonic disease is related to lifestyle and environment.

I’ll finish with a quote by Albert Einstein, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

But don’t despair, Part Three will have some solutions to our challenges!!

It is possible to support Type 2 diabetes sufferers and improve their lives with out more medication.

type2diabetes-s5-woman-removing-glasses-150x150Medications that help with type 2 diabetes are important, but they do have side effects.  One of the goals of functional health care is to support the patient so their dependency on medication is less and thus the chances of nasty side effects diminished.

With type 2 diabetes if the sufferer is willing there are many ways to help to improve their lives, reduce pain, improve the neuropathy,  increase energy, lose weight and live a healthier more satisfying life.   It takes a careful and in-depth approach to determine the underlying cause of the diabetes.

Once the cause can be found, help can be delivered.

There is a place for medications.  They can and do save many lives, however one of their drawbacks is the damaging side effects they can have.  And many of the side effects are not readily evident until it is too late.

diabetes3-150x150So it is important to manage a problem like type 2 diabetes with a little medication intervention as possible.  How can you manage type 2 diabetes?   This can be done by dietary changes and life style changes.

The dietary changes I refer to is not simply reducing sugar intake or losing weight.  There are certain foods that can precipitate type 2 diabetes and if you want to manage it you need to eliminate these foods.  Life style changes can be as simple as getting to sleep at a certain time.  Exercises can be as simple as belly breathing and doing a simple aerobic exercise twice a week.

These simple changes can possibly mean the difference in taking insulin or not.  And as many a diabetic knows once you start taking insulin your health changes for ever and not necessary for the good.