I apply nutrition-based medicine as part of a Functional Medicine approach when working with our patients that are looking for a natural approach for their chronic condition. In Functional and Integrative Medicine, the focus is on healing the underlying cause of disease through lifestyle changes, internal nutrition, and natural therapies vs. conventional medicine with its focus on symptoms and the drugs that relieve them. As a nutritional medicine doctor, my passionate goal is to help you get well and stay well in the quickest and most effective way possible without the use of drugs, which often have side effects and limited effectiveness.
We use conventional blood work and/or energy reflex analysis to assist in determining underlying factors of involvement. While medications can be lifesaving at times, too often they are prescribed as patchwork. I am not anti-drugs, just anti –too many drugs and anti- wrong drugs. For many, drugs cause more problems than benefits. Indeed taking medication as prescribed is now the fourth leading cause of death in America.
Our philosophy in treating a chronic condition is different. We check on basic underlying systems such as digestive, liver, kidney, adrenal, thyroid, cardiovascular, hormonal, neurologic, structural and yes even emotional to find areas of congestion and dysfunction and treat those areas with dietary changes, herbs, vitamins, stress reduction techniques, spinal adjustments and/or exercise and lifestyle recommendations.
We treat all involved systems without sending you off to a specialist who only wants to treat his area of specialty. As stress is taken off the primary systems of involvement, the body can regain its inborn, natural ability to go about the job of healing itself.
Some of the items we commonly find in treating the chronic patient are the need to change their diet some, which usually includes avoiding some foods to which they are sensitive; improving digestive function by removing toxic microbes with the use of herbs, and assisting the congested liver in detoxifying the body from the excess burden of environmental chemicals and toxins.
At the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding. The great majority of patients who we accept for care will report that within several weeks of starting treatment their primary complaint is responding, they are sleeping better, their mood is better and they have more energy. More often than not, they are able to gradually decrease the various medications they are on.
If this approach from a nutritional medicine doctor resonates with how you would like to be treated, then contact us for a consultation.
Yours in Health
Jacob Bastomski DC, DIBCN
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist