Are your low thyroid symptoms persisting, despite following doctor’s orders? Are you tired of suffering and ready to do what it takes to make changes to your current health, rather than cover up your symptoms with medication? If so, functional medicine may be the answer you’ve been waiting for.
Dr. Steve Wander, D.C., owner and treatment director of Integrated Health Center of Maryland, was a featured speaker at the Business Expert Forum at Harvard Faculty Club, an annual conference of thought leaders from around the world and discussed the benefits functional medicine provides to patients suffering from chronic conditions, including thyroid disease and type II diabetes.
Conventional Thyroid Treatment Practices
When someone is diagnosed with a thyroid condition, their options are very limited for treatment. The first thing usually recommended by the health care provider is to incorporate thyroid hormone therapy into their daily lives. They are given the prognosis that their condition will be lifelong, with nothing they can do to change it. The traditional treatment supplements the hormone deficiency; it does not, however, address the reason the patient’s thyroid is underproducing these hormones in the first place. Most chronic disease sufferers face the same overgeneralized treatment plans.
How Functional Medicine Is Different
Functional medicine is not some voodoo science. It is actually backed by medical research and proven results. Dr. Wander finds that many of his new patients are skeptical when they first come into his office, but quickly find that functional medicine offers more in the way of treatment than the standard diet, exercise, and medication trifecta.
As Dr. Wander explains it, “Our clinical model which many refer to as functional medicine is a branch of health care that addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and diagnostic testing to find the cause of your ailment, and not just put a bandage over the symptoms.”
When they uncover those reasons, Dr. Wander explains the next step – customizing a plan with individualized solutions that include dietary changes, vitamins, supplements, and allergy elimination, just to name a few.
Functional medicine provides whole body treatment. It has helped many patients suffering from all types of conditions including thyroid disease, type II diabetes, autoimmune issues, metabolic conditions, adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, and more.
Who is a good candidate for this type of treatment?
Dr. Wander says his patients are people whose health is their number one priority. You have to be willing to make positive, lasting changes if you want this treatment plan. Functional medicine is not some diet fad, promising instant results. This clinically proven treatment model has helped hundreds of thousands of patients with chronic illness find a renewed sense of health; but it took time, effort, and commitment. So if you are ready to do what it takes to cure your chronic disease then seek out a functional medicine doctor near you – and get your life back.