An increasing number of people are developing autoimmune disease. And an increasing number of people are googling their symptoms. Invariably, they’ll come across what’s known as the “Th1/Th2” system. This system itself asks a question: which one are you–Th1 or Th2?
At least, not in our office. On its face, a question may appear to be a simple one. The patient asking the question might think it’s simple. But it’s probably not.
To be clear, the type of question I’m referring to are those that start with phrases such as “should I (do this or that)?”. Or, “what type of (supplement, massage, exercise, food, etc) should I choose?”
You’ve heard the scenario. Or maybe you’ve lived it.
“…and they ran all these tests on me…”
Or some variation on that theme. A reference to “all that lab testing”, a “whole bunch of lab tests”, or something similar.
What the general public generally doesn’t understand is that so many symptoms overlap. A single symptom could be a manifestation of a whole cluster of health conditions.
OK, Functional Medicine colleagues (especially those who are fairly new to the game)…. this one’s for you.
I know it’s been a while since I’ve written anything new, but I promise that I haven’t abandoned this blog. Life has just been very busy over the past few months and Ferris Bueller is right: it does move pretty fast.
In a word (okay…two words) absolutely NOT.
Yes, I’m a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) myself. Do I have a vested interest in promoting chiropractic? Not exactly, simply because I don’t do spinal adjusting (all of my work revolves around Functional Medicine, a very high-end neuro-metabolic approach to chronic conditions, endocrine issues, blood sugar problems, fatigue, autoimmune disorders, you name it, that relies mostly on scientific lab testing to identify the physiological imbalances and give a starting point in terms of helping improve those issues). Yes, it’s true: not every DC touches the spine. No, we’re not being sacrilegious or wasting our chiropractic degree; we’re just choosing to utilize different parts of our education and develop a different skillset.
So anyway…am I biased? Maybe. Do I still have a valid opinion? Yep.