Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome : Dr. Kim's Blog

Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has not been recognized in the medical community for long.  In fact, it first became a noted in the 1990’s, and received it’s official medical status in the 2000’s.  

For a diagnosis of CFS to be given, the patient’s symptoms must include fatigue or lethargy, and this must have been causing a 50 percent loss of physical and social function, for at least six months. Continue reading “Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”

Collagen Boosting Nutrients That Aren’t Bone Broth

Collagen Boosting Nutrients That Aren’t Bone Broth

Collagen Boosting Nutrients That Aren’t Bone Broth

By now, we’ve all heard the buzz around bone broth – it has many health benefits, like delivering an array of essential minerals, but its most distinctive benefit is providing collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and its uses are many.  As natural health expert, Dr. Axe explains in detail, collagen enhances health in numerous ways, from helping to heal leaky gut, to improving skin and nail health, to reducing joint pain. Continue reading “Collagen Boosting Nutrients That Aren’t Bone Broth”

The Importance of Self Care : Dr. Kim's Blog

The Importance of Self Care

The Importance of Self Care

The medical model of mainstream western medicine is a model based on sickness – and not health. Now don’t mistake, it’s incredible when you are acutely sick or injured, when the issues are infection and trauma. But today we are dying from cancer, heart disease, and the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs themselves. We are struggling with an epidemic of chronic disease, which we’re attempting to treat by suppressing the symptoms, rather than resolving the deeper, underlying causes. Continue reading “The Importance of Self Care”

The Importance of De-Prescribing Medication : Dr. Kim's Blog

The Importance of De-Prescribing Medication

The Importance of De-Prescribing Medication

In our current healthcare system of auto-refills, e-prescriptions, and mindless “check box” medication reconciliation, patients may continue taking medications years after they no longer need them, and even years after their original prescriber intended them to stop. There is no doubt that many Americans are over-medicated, and the problem compounds itself as we age.  Unfortunately modern medical school prepares physicians to prescribe medications for treatment of illness and disease, but little to no time is spent teaching something just as important: de-prescribing.  Continue reading “The Importance of De-Prescribing Medication”

How Functional Medicine Is Countering The Dangers Of Ageism In Healthcare : Dr Kim's Blog

How Functional Medicine Is Countering The Dangers Of Ageism In Healthcare

How Functional Medicine Is Countering The Dangers Of Ageism In Healthcare

Ageism in healthcare is a serious problem, and is often unrecognized.  When a 25 year old, a 60 year old, and an 80 year each present with the same symptoms, of course age is going to play into potential diagnosis and treatment.  But what it should not do is create a bias toward treatment, assumptions about lower capabilities, cognitive status and sedentary lifestyle. This is a dangerous type of “senior profiling”.

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Why Functional Medicine – Acute vs Systems Oriented Care : Dr Kim's Blog

Why Functional Medicine – Acute vs Systems Oriented Care

Why Functional Medicine – Acute vs Systems Oriented Care

Modern, mainstream medicine uses an acute care approach when treating patients.  This approach is generally short sighted and best for acute conditions that can be cured with surgery or a simple course of prescription medication.  Unfortunately, it is still the primary route taken even when the conditions are not acute, but are instead chronic, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.  The reality is, acute care is ill equipped to address complex and chronic disease. Continue reading “Why Functional Medicine – Acute vs Systems Oriented Care”

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Your Health : Dr Kim's Blog

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Your Health

For years we’ve been hearing about two important additions to our diet – fiber and probiotics.  But rarely in the same sentence.  Fiber has been touted as good for constipation, lowering cholesterol, aiding in weight loss by helping us feel full longer, stabilizing blood sugar, and a handful of other amazing things.

And probiotics on the other hand have long been known for curing what ails you in the belly – whether it be IBS, diarrhea, and recently their benefits are beginning to be discovered to go far beyond what was ever imagined.  Studies are finding that good gut bacteria, probiotics, may help with everything from inflammation, to auto-immune disease, and even depression.  Pretty incredible, right? Continue reading “Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Your Health”