“Functional medicine emphasizes a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis.
Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function. It is a clinician’s discipline, and it directly addresses the need to transform the practice of primary care.”
The Institute for Functional Medicine
Nutrition Is Medicine
The science of health is now coming into its own with the completion of the human genome and the confirmation of biochemical individuality. The study of how different nutrients and diet can effect health and disease by influencing gene expression in the field of nutrigenomics. Our genetics determine our biochemical nutritional requirements, which can greatly vary from individul to individual. Depending on one’s genetic make-up, high-dose vitamin therapy may be necessary at doses perhaps hundreds of times the normal dietary reference intake (DRI).
High-quality dietary nutrients can alter the way our genes do their job while insufficient nutrient-intake due to a poor diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases. Some diet-regulated genes likely play a role in chronic disease onset, incidence, progression, and severity.
The degree to which diet influences health may depend on an individual’s genetic makeup. Dietary intervention based on knowledge of an individual’s nutritional requirements and genotype can be used to prevent, mitigate, or cure chronic disease.
There is growing evidence that certain nutrients may help alleviate pain. One of these is DHA (docosahexaenic acid), which may heal damaged nerves. DHA is a specific component in certain essential fatty acids and “is especially abundant in and crucial for the function of normal nervous tissue.” Medical literature that focuses on the influence of certain nutrients on physiological processes in the body, combined with individual testing to determine a person’s unique nutritional requirements, will lead to a transformation in the way chronic diseases (including many types of chronic pain) are being treated.
Part of the overall scheme of becoming whole is to critically assess what comes into our body and make choices that optimize what foods and nutrients are most likely to heal tissues and restore function. It may seem surprising that what most of us intuitively believe to be the answer to our health problems (but we ignore in favor of the diagnose-disease-treat paradigm), research is now proving to be the case: that a healthy diet, exercise, stress reduction, and an active lifestyle can restore health, even for the most unhealthy people.
THERAPEUTIC LIFESTYLE CHANGES (TLC)
From Pain To Wellness LLC provides comprehensive therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) coaching. Our team of nutritional experts and nutrition specialists emphasize education and positive reinforcement models in helping patients meet there health and weight loss goals.
It has been our experience that those who truly embrace TLC do so once they’ve grasped the science behind it.
Those who are successful in making permanent behavioral and dietary modifications are able to see, feel and explain the causes of their incredible results.
Patients who follow our experts’ strategic nutritional advice, learn what proper nutrition does for human health and longevity, and commit to making positive lifestyle changes achieve life-changing results.
Reduce Your Risk
Therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) emphasizes personalized lifestyle modification as the first line of defense in treating and reducing the risk of disease development. The basic overview of any TLC program calls for the adjustment of several common bad habits…
Monitoring food choices, for example, ensuring low Glycemic Index (GI) foods replace sugars and simple carbohydrates is a crucial first step towards improving diet and reducing risk factors for debilitating conditions—like Type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue, and depression.
Replacing fats — substituting heart-health-promoting oils for artery-clogging lards—is essential in safeguarding against everything from cardiovascular disease to obesity. Eating frequent small meals and snacks that are nutrient-rich and low GI will keep your blood sugar stable, boost your mood, energy levels, and metabolism.
Frequent, conscious eating is essential for healthy weight loss.
Also essential for healthy weight loss—and vital in maintaining long-term wellness–is steadfast commitment to adequate daily exercise. Exercise reduces stress, fights fatigue and depression, and alleviates symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances. (Plus, regular moderate exercise—such as jogging, swimming and biking—is shown to dramatically boost self-esteem, motivation, your body, and your sex drive. What’s not to love?)
So, if you’ve decided to take the TLC challenge and commit to modifying your food choices, getting sufficient exercise, finding ways of reducing your daily stress levels and boosting your intake of the nutrients and vitamins necessary for optimal function, congratulations! You’re now standing on the road to recovery…shall we start walking?
TLC is recommended for managing chronic illness by leading health organizations, including:
• National Institutes of Health
• American Heart Association
• American Cancer Society
• American Diabetes Association
• Arthritis Foundation
• North American Menopause Society