Saturday, January 28, 2012

I'm Not a Gastroenterologist, but ...

For clarity and for medicolegal considerations, let me be clear; I am not a gastroenterologist.

But, please note this Google review about me, my wife Jo, and our office, written by Rachel on‎ - Jan 28, 2012:

"I went to Dr. Young with a serious case of ulcerative colitis that had been diagnosed two years prior. I had been to three gastroenterologists, an acupuncturist, a dietician and another chiropractor and had never found relief. All the doctors told me I would be on medication for the rest of my life. After a month of seeing Dr. Young I was 90% better. Six months later I feel completely healthy. With his care and Jo's wonderful supportive attitude, I have my health back and the ability to do all the things I love again. THANK YOU!"  *****

Again, for clarity, what I am is a Functional Medicine Chiropractor; that just means that I have a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and that Functional Medicine is the overarching systems approach upon which I base my practice. I treat a lot of back and neck pain, but I am not a specialist, I am a general practice doc. I treat everything from acne to depression to heart disease.

Does one have to be a doctor to figure out that the food that we put in our mouths is the single greatest effector of our gut?

Would one have to be a gastroenterologist to know that while the human body is composed of 10 trillion cells, that living in our gut and on us are 100 trillion microorganisms? Wouldn't it make sense that these microorganisms would also have a powerful effect on our digestive tracts?

As an Functional Medicine Chiropractor I adhere strongly to medical science, and constantly return to the basics to solve complex problems like ulcerative colitis. The first step with a new patient or new condition is to figure out the causes of the problem. I always look at the patient's diet, food allergies, digestive capacity, nutrient status, and spinal function (which directly influences digestive health).

While specializing, focusing a doctor's study and attention on one organ or system, can be valuable, it is not, if the doctor loses sight of the integrated function of the entire body. First and foremost we all need a healthcare practitioner who understands and considers the whole body, and guides us to an understanding of the causes of our illness.

The moral of this story might be: just because you have been to 3 specialists, doesn't necessarily mean there is no where else to turn for help.

And never forget, if your healthcare practitioner has not discussed with you the causes of your illness, something critical has been left behind.

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