This series of blog posts examines my personal journey to health after being diagnosed with a progression of chronic health conditions. In my previous post in this series, I shared how much eduction made a difference, both formally in my fellowship program and anecdotally in my personal journey.
What I have learned from the many patients I have worked with, is that my situation is not uncommon. For other’s the underlying problems may surface as constipation, diarrhea, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, depression, anxiety, or any number of other chronic conditions. The thing all of these chronic conditions have in common is that they all have an underlying cause. This underlying cause is often complex and involves any of the following:
- Diet and nutrition
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Environmental toxins
For me personally, my genetic predisposition for celiac disease, and the lengthy course of antibiotics I took after a ruptured appendix, and years of suppressing stomach acid lead to poor digestion and imbalances in beneficial gut bacteria. This caused multiple food allergies, leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune conditions.
Poor digestion and gut bacteria imbalances are a very common pathway to the development of autoimmune diseases. Likewise, halting and potentially reversing these conditions involves identifying the underlying cause and healing them utilizing a methodical approach.
The programs Vitopia has developed are designed to guide you through the maze of information you will find on the internet and in books. We constantly review the latest research to present you with the most reliable and scientific information. Finally, we offer individual coaching and referrals to health care practitioners who have experience in the field of functional medicine.
To find out more you can read about root cause healing and my personal story in my free ebook. Also check out our in-depth articles on preventing and healing chronic diseases utilizing a Functional Medicine approach.
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Wishing you good health!
Mike Woodley, R.Ph, FAARM, FMNM