Functional Medicine doctors not only take into consideration your signs, symptoms, and lab values, but also see how your “environment” and labs tie all together, Including lifestyle factors such as diet, stress level, exercise, and many other factors that may be contributing to your condition. " - Dr. Michael Brown
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A Naturopath's Guide to Treating Anxiety and Depression
Do you feel anxious? Nervous? Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Have you been diagnosed with depression? Are you on one, two, even three prescription medications? Are you afraid “something is wrong with you”? If you answered "yes" to any of the above, here are a few things to consider before throwing in the towel and giving in to the idea that there is, in fact, "something wrong with you”:
Maybe some of these have caught your attention. In today’s world of rapidly evolving information, some of the below ideas--based on the re-emergence of a field of medicine that has stood the test of time--may very well hold the key(s) to helping you get back on your path of health and well being!
Today’s world of “quick fixes”, especially in the world of conventional medicine, has everyone believing that our bodies and minds actually have deficiencies thus needing prescription medications. One doesn’t have to look very far to see this conditioning woven into our society given the amount of commercials and advertisements we are exposed to declaring that you need this drug or that drug to “cure” a myriad of signs and symptoms you may be experiencing.
Fortunately for us, this could not be further from the truth. Although prescription medications certainly do have their place of importance in our world today, especially with regards to acute or emergency medicine, they are far over used and over prescribed for many chronic conditions that just might respond significantly better to many of the suggestions in this article/blog. Here is a short but outstanding excerpt worth reading that expands on this idea - http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/good-medicine-do-much-nothing-possible
An Alternative to Traditional Medicine
An alternative that many have never heard of or know little about is Naturopathic Medicine. You may know of this as Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Natural Medicine, and Alternative Medicine offers an expanding world of what we call “functional lab testing”. These labs can look significantly deeper and broader at your underlying “functional” biochemistry and physiology.
Most Naturopathic/Functional medicine doctors utilize these newer, more state of the art methods of testing, to gain a much deeper understanding of what may be going on with you at a cellular and even genetic level. In addition, most doctors in this arena also utilize conventional lab testing – only with significantly more expanded, in-depth profiles and a more narrow range for “normal values” than what the labs might suggest. The combination of running both functional and expanded conventional labs allow naturopathic or functional medicine doctors to look for deficiencies and/or imbalances that may be more of the underlying cause of the condition(s) including:
Expanded testing can shed a lot of light and help minimize the “guesswork” of what treatment approach might be best for your unique biochemistry.
What Functional Medicine Doctors Do
Functional Medicine doctors not only take into consideration your signs, symptoms, and lab values, but also see how your “environment” and labs tie all together. That includes what all is going on in your life – lifestyle factors including diet, stress level, exercise, and many other factors that may be contributing to your condition.
For example - in today’s fast paced world of technology people are spending a very large proportion of their time engaged with their smartphones and/or computers.
Human beings were not designed to remain “seated” all day long in a cubicle or at a desk locked down on a laptop or cell phone. This has created an over-stimulated “mental” state that co-conspires with an under stimulated “physical/lack of movement” state, resulting in an even more profound imbalance in the biochemistry and physiology of the majority of humans in the today’s workforce.
The sheer lack of movement in the form of exercise is an obvious “imbalance “ to most, but there are further implications as well. Disconnecting from our environment, and we are talking about Mother Nature here, is also creating issues. If you think about this a bit more, where do most people choose to go for vacation? It quite often involves the beach or mountains. At some level, we instinctively know we need this, and it really does impact us favorably on both a psychological AND physiological level.
In fact, the Japanese are actually studying the impact and health benefits of being in nature – it is called “Forest Bathing”. Their results are actually quite impressive:
The list goes on and on, but the point? Find a way to spend some time in nature.
Why Functional Medicine
In summary there are a number of things that you can do other than just take a prescription medication for your anxiety, depression, or for that matter any condition:
If this is something you currently struggle with or have any questions about, seeing a naturopathic doctor can help get your life and body back on track. Visit Dr. Michael Brown’s website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 913.333.8798 to get started today!
Michael D Brown, ND
Functional Medicine Doctor
Integrative Medicine Doctor
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