Chronic disease occurs as the disturbing factors accumulate, and the attempts by the body to get rid of these disturbances are suppressed, allowing the disturbance to penetrate deeper and deeper into the vital structures and functions of the body.
First line therapy is to identify any disturbing factors. This is usually found most dramatically in diet, and therefore corrected by changing the current diet followed. One need not make absolute or perfect improvements in the diet; incremental improvements will prove effective.
Make positive changes, with a focus upon four things:
1. Determine dietary adequacy: insure that all the necessary nutrients for health and healing are present in the diet, that there is enough of everything.
2. Insure a more healthful balance of nutrients, that there is not too much of something.
3. Identify and remove reactive foods if they are present.
4. Identify the stressful elements in the person’s life and act to reduce the effects of stress upon the body. This includes the suppressive effects of drugs and other medical interventions, toxic and traumatic exposures, as well as what might be called toxic relationships, and the whole host of that which we have identified as potentially disturbing factors.
What is a Chronic Disease?
Chronic Disease causes you to be sick for long periods of time, perhaps with episodes of feeling better or worse, and possibly involving more than one organ system of the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control, chronic diseases are many of the top ten causes of death in the USA.
The goal in treating chronic disease is to slow down and eventually stop the progression of the illness by addressing the underlying cause. Often there are multiple factors involved in symptom development and disease progression that must be uncovered and corrected in order to affect a cure.
Just as diseases develop and progress over long periods of time, uncovering their root cause and correcting it can also take time. Chronic disease can be complex to manage and require a close, on-going partnership between doctor and patient.
PFCNM empowers you to make the diet and lifestyle changes necessary to restore your body to ongoing, lasting health.
Your individualized treatment plan may include addressing immune system imbalances; restoring hormonal balance; quieting inflammation; correcting neurotransmitter imbalances; improving nutrition, digestion, absorption and elimination; using herbs and nutritional supplements to achieve therapeutic levels of supportive nutrients; and more.
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