Functional Medicine – A Naperville Approach

If you have a health problem, do you think the problem is the result of a single body-system failure?

Let’s say you have a digestion problem that causes gas, bloating and loose stool. You might think your digestive system is the root cause of your problem. This would be a reasonable assumption to make, but there is probably more going on than you realize. There are several root causes that could cause digestion symptoms…

  • Food allergies
  • Yeast overgrowth in the bowel
  • SIBO: small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Low levels of digestive enzymes or stomach acid
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Neurotransmitter imbalance (especially serotonin and dopamine).
  • Etc.

These are all conditions that AFFECT the digestive system but are not necessarily caused by a root problem of the digestive system.

Your digestive system does not function in isolation. It must work in harmony with other systems. If we take the examples listed above, you will see that root causes can also be found in the following systems:

  • Immune system
  • Endocrine system (hormones)
  • Nervous system (neurotransmitters)

It is worth noting that the top regulating or control systems of your body are the immune, endocrine and nervous system.

These 3 systems are in constant communication with each other. They regulate each other and the other systems of the body. Functional medicine doctors understand the overlap of your body’s systems and the need to bring them back into smooth interaction again. In functional medicine we often talk about the gut (digestive system) as being the foundation of health. I believe this to be true, but problems with the digestive system are not isolated to the digestive system alone.

Every system in your body is like a gear in a complex machine.

Problems with the digestive tract will ALWAYS involve one or more of the 3 major regulating systems.

If you remove food allergies and digestion improves, then the immune system was involved.

If you balance your estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, insulin or thyroid hormones and your digestion improves then the endocrine system was involved.

If you reduce stress, exercise and balance your serotonin or dopamine with dietary supplements and digestion improves, then your nervous system was involved.

In some cases, all 3 of the major regulating systems are involved and by improving one of these systems you would also be improving the other 2.

There are countless combinations of systems and health problems that can occur when they are not functioning properly. This is what functional medicine is all about…viewing your body as a whole. When systems such are the digestive system are viewed as solitary “islands” within your body, it can be very difficult or even impossible to restore health and wellbeing.

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Your body is a collection of systems that must work together as a whole.  When one or more systems begin to fail, other systems will also suffer…a domino effect.

This is what disease, poor health and body problems are…a downward spiral of compromised function and health.

Contact our office for more information about functional medicine and how it can help you.

The purpose of functional medicine is:

Understanding health problems, knowing how and where to investigate, understanding what to look for, understanding what is found and creating a plan of action to correct the root cause of the health problem.

This is what I do, this is what I love, this is functional medicine, this is why Naperville Integrated Wellness exists. 

I hope you have found value in this information.

I wish you health, happiness and a better quality of life!

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.