Inflammation plays a role in almost every chronic illness - from heart disease to cancer, diabetes to obesity, autism to dementia, and even depression.
Other inflammatory diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disease are increasing at dramatic rates. Physicians are trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicines like Advil or Motrin, steroids, and increasingly more powerful immune suppresing medication with serious side effects.
Autoimmune diseases affect 24 million Americans and include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammaroty bowel disease, and more.
Functional medicine teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms. It is a different way of thinking about disease that helps us understand and treat the real causes of inflammation instead of finding clever ways to shut it down.