If you are reading this, then you probably have a health issue that is causing you to not feel as well as you would like. You might be looking for answers as to why you feel the way you do and what you can do about it. Functional medicine just might have the solution you have been looking for. At our Naperville functional medicine office, we help people just like you feel better every day. So how do we help people, just like you, feel better? Keep reading and I will explain how we help people feel better.

Where are you on the Health Spectrum?  

Let’s look at the spectrum of health and what it means. At one end of this spectrum you have a body that is functioning the way that it should, and this is a healthy body. Normal function and good health are synonymous. When our body is functioning properly you feel good.

At the other end the spectrum you have a body that is not functioning properly. This is a state of disease; the body is in a state of dis-ease. Disease may sound like a harsh word to use, but that is what disease is…loss of normal / healthy function.

In between the two ends of the health spectrum you have varying degrees of function. Everyone can be found someplace on this spectrum. You are either moving down the spectrum toward loss of function and  disease or moving up the spectrum toward better function and health. So, the first question is, where are you on the spectrum? The second question, which direction are you going? Are you moving toward health or toward more disease?

What can you do?

We are all someplace on this health spectrum and we are either moving toward health or toward disease. I told you earlier that I would explain how we help people feel better. We accomplish this by moving people up the spectrum toward improved function and increased health. This is what functional medicine is all about; identifying areas of poor function in the body and then working to restore it; moving you up the spectrum away from disease and toward health. This is the ONLY way to actually feel better.

Ok, so how do we accomplish that?

The first step is to find out where you are on this health spectrum and then discover WHY your body is not functioning properly. This is accomplishing through consultation and unique testing procedures. Most testing that is done in tradition medicine is designed to determine if you have a disease or not…x-rays to see if you have a broken bone, blood tests to see if you have a particular disease; etc. In functional medicine we also use tests this way, but we also have tests that help us discover how to restore function.  

We can test the effects of food on your immune system, identify nutrient deficiencies, assess the digestive tract from a functional perspective, identify factors that may reduce thyroid function or isolate causes of inflammation, etc.

With this kind of information, we now have tools to move you away from disease and toward health. The information that has been collected can be constructed into a health program. A health-restoration program that moves you up toward health and this is how you feel better. 

We all want to feel good and this a reflection of where you are on the health spectrum. With the help of a functional medicine doctor, you too can feel better.

Health is arguably our most valuable asset. Anything of value must not be taken for granted or neglected. You would not neglect your home, family, friends, pets or finances, would you? Why not? Because you consider them valuable of course. Is your health and wellbeing valuable to you?

If you don’t feel well, how does that affect your ability to enjoy the other values in your life?

I wish you success on your quest for health!

If you would like more information about functional medicine and integrative medicine or Dr. Sexton go to www.napervilleintegratedwellness.com

Do your own research, inform yourself and ask lots of questions. When collecting information, you MUST consider the source. There is no shortage of false, misleading, outdated, profit-driven and utterly biased information in healthcare today; even from the most respected sources and organizations.

This approach to healthcare is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any disease. Why? The FDA enforces its position that these words can only be used with drugs. This approach does not use drugs.