Dr. Washatka believes that true healing involves addressing the root causes of chronic diseases rather than merely managing symptoms. Functional medicine is a patient-centered approach that empowers individuals to take control of their health and well-being.
Dr. Washatka takes a functional medicine approach, which is a comprehensive and integrative approach to healthcare that seeks to understand the interconnectedness of the body’s systems. It emphasizes treating the whole person rather than isolating symptoms or diseases. Functional medicine practitioners spend time listening to patients, taking detailed medical histories, and considering genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that contribute to health issues.
Eczema, a chronic skin condition characterized by itching, inflammation, and rashes, often has its roots in systemic imbalances. Functional medicine approaches eczema by addressing the underlying causes, which can include:
A significant portion of the immune system resides in the gut. Dysbiosis (imbalances in gut bacteria) and leaky gut syndrome can contribute to eczema. Functional medicine employs gut-healing protocols, including dietary changes and probiotics, to restore gut health.
Identifying and eliminating trigger foods, such as gluten, dairy, or artificial additives, can alleviate eczema symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners utilize elimination diets and food sensitivity testing to pinpoint specific dietary culprits.
Nutrient imbalances or deficiencies, such as low levels of essential fatty acids or vitamins like vitamin D, can exacerbate eczema. Functional medicine addresses these deficiencies through targeted supplementation and dietary modifications
Exposure to environmental toxins can worsen eczema. Functional medicine advocates for detoxification strategies to reduce the body’s toxic burden.
By treating eczema holistically and identifying individual triggers, functional medicine can help patients achieve long-term relief and improve their overall quality of life.
Thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism and autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, are prevalent and often complex. Functional medicine takes a comprehensive approach to thyroid health by considering factors such as:
Proper thyroid function depends on essential nutrients like iodine, selenium, and zinc. Functional medicine assesses nutrient levels and recommends dietary adjustments and supplements as necessary.
Chronic stress can disrupt thyroid function. Functional medicine practitioners address adrenal health and stress management techniques to support the thyroid.
In cases of autoimmune thyroid disorders, the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Functional medicine aims to calm the immune response through diet, lifestyle changes, and sometimes targeted supplements.
Environmental toxins like heavy metals can interfere with thyroid function. Functional medicine includes detoxification strategies to remove these harmful substances.
By restoring thyroid balance naturally and addressing the underlying causes, functional medicine offers patients a chance to regain energy, maintain a healthy weight, and improve overall well-being.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition characterized by persistent fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest. Functional medicine recognizes that CFS often has multifaceted causes, such as:
Mitochondria are the cellular powerhouses. Dysfunction in these structures can lead to fatigue. Functional medicine works on enhancing mitochondrial function through specific nutrients and lifestyle changes.
Persistent viral, bacterial, or fungal infections can underlie CFS. Functional medicine explores the possibility of these infections and treats them accordingly.
Hormonal disruptions, including adrenal fatigue and imbalanced sex hormones, can contribute to CFS. Functional medicine aims to balance hormones naturally.
Chronic stress and emotional factors often contribute to CFS. Functional medicine incorporates stress reduction techniques, counseling, and mindfulness practices.
Functional medicine offers a personalized and holistic approach to managing chronic fatigue, helping individuals regain their vitality and improve their quality of life.
The gut-brain connection plays a crucial role in CFS. Addressing gut dysbiosis and inflammation can help alleviate symptoms.
Dr. Washatka is committed to helping patients with chronic diseases like eczema, thyroid disorders, and chronic fatigue achieve lasting relief and vibrant health. By addressing the root causes and promoting the body’s innate healing mechanisms, our goal is to empower individuals to take charge of their health journey and experience a renewed sense of well-being. If you or a loved one are struggling with chronic health issues, contact us today. We would love to help!
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