Take a peek into one woman’s journey through functional medicine.
Frustrated when doctors seemed to stop listening, Kristin Frey, 43, felt that the burden of getting well fell completely on her– something she described as “an overwhelming prospect when you’re sick.”
Kristen has suffered from debilitating chronic health problems for years, despite extensive efforts to resolve these issues through traditional medicine. She is just one of the more than half of all American adults who have reported having at least one chronic disease, according to a CDC 2012 National Interview Survey. Over 33% of the 33,557 participants reported two or more chronic health conditions, an increase of 22% since 2001.
The study also found that people with chronic conditions are more likely to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), therapies that include the use of vitamins, minerals, herbs, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, massage, special diets, naturopathy, movement therapies, acupuncture, or some combination of these.
Like so many other Americans, Kristin continues to search for solutions beyond the scope of traditional medicine. She was particularly inspired by a friend who reversed multiple autoimmune diseases through nutritional and dietary changes, supplements and detoxification, all key principles of functional medicine.
While Kristin has been open to exploring health solutions outside of conventional medicine, she knew little about functional medicine.
This led to an important question:
“How does functional medicine differ from traditional medicine?”
Kristin has decided to investigate the answer to her own question– she made an appointment with a functional medicine doctor in Atlanta and is committed to work with her for the next year. Together we are documenting her journey as she experiences functional medicine firsthand. (Read more…)