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  • Writer's pictureKate Coutherut

A Functional Medicine Approach: Treating the Cause, Not the Symptoms with Gershon Preventative Medicine

In this fast-paced world, it's all too common for people to experience chronic discomfort, tackle weight concerns, or navigate the aftermath of a health scare. At Gershon Preventative Medicine, we believe in a functional journey towards health that starts with treating the root cause of your concerns, not just the symptoms. It's about understanding the full story of your health and crafting a pathway towards self-healing and wellness that's as unique as you are.

Identify | Assess | Strategize | Solutions | Support

Identifying Symptoms: The First Step to a Functional Health Solution

The first step on this journey is to listen to your body and mind, identifying any emotional or physical symptoms you've been facing. Whether it's fatigue, stress, digestive issues, or anything else, recognizing these signs is your body's way of asking for help.

Assessment Stage: Building Your Personalized Health Plan

Understanding your symptoms deeper involves looking into when they occur, their frequency, and any patterns that emerge. It's also crucial to examine how they're currently being managed. This stage isn't just about gathering facts but about beginning to see the bigger picture of your health.

Root Cause Health Strategy: Beyond the Symptoms

Often, the key to unlocking the mystery of your symptoms lies in assessing both your primary and secondary food sources. Primary food, as introduced by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, isn't what you eat but encompasses the essential aspects of your life that nourish you beyond the dinner plate - your sleep habits, stress levels, physical activity, spiritual practices, social connections, and career satisfaction.

Secondary food then brings us to your actual diet, emphasizing the importance of whole foods over processed ones, hydration, and your intake of substances that can often be irritants, like dairy, gluten, added sugars, caffeine, and alcohol.

Transformative Stories in Functional Health Solutions

Every day, we at Gershon Preventative Medicine have the honor of guiding our patients through their health journeys. Utilizing tools like the Circle of Life, functional lab testing and health history surveys, we assess and bring balance to both primary and secondary nutritional needs and treating the root cause of conditions. Consider the story of Laurel, a pseudonym for privacy, who approached us after gaining over 25 pounds in just two years. Despite trying various fad diets, increasing her workout regimen, and seeking advice from primary care physicians, she found no relief, and her symptoms worsened.

Laurel took advantage of our free online health quiz and scheduled a one-on-one call to pinpoint the root cause of her concerns. Through careful evaluation of her symptoms and a comprehensive assessment, we uncovered a hormone imbalance and diagnosed her with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Affecting 1 in 10 women, PCOS is often driven by increased insulin resistance and elevated androgen levels, leading to weight gain, acne, and mood fluctuations.

By taking a functional look at Laurel's life and dietary habits, we identified that her "fuel" was imbalanced: too much reliance on processed foods, insufficient water intake, and a lack of social engagement. Together, we designed a personalized plan aimed at rejuvenating both her body and spirit.

Laurel's transformation from enduring fatigue to embracing vitality stands as a powerful example of our commitment to addressing the underlying causes, not just the symptoms. This case underscores the effectiveness of our approach, combining personalized care with an understanding of the complex interplay between lifestyle, diet, and health.

Explore Your Health Solutions and Start Your Journey Now

Your path to wellness is waiting, and at Gershon Preventative Medicine, we're ready to walk beside you every step of the way. With our patient-centered approach, we're not just treating conditions; we're nurturing whole-person health, empowering you to take charge of your well-being.

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Remember, while this blog is for you, true understanding and healing come from a partnership with a provider who connects with you. Start Your Journey with a Functional Medicine Approach: Schedule Your Personalized Health Plan Consultation at Gershon Preventative Medicine Today.

Disclaimer: Your privacy is paramount. This blog is for informational purposes on behalf of Gershon Preventative Medicine. No advice is given without a clinical consultation. We operate on a cash-pay basis. For resources on eating disorders, please click here.


Interested in a Complimentary Case Review?

Are you keen to delve deeper into your health journey and discover functional health solutions tailored to you? Simply follow these steps to get started:

  1. Register for Your Secure, HIPAA-Compliant Patient Portal: Click the link below to access our secure, HIPAA-compliant patient portal. Your privacy and security are our top priorities.

  2. Share Your Health Story: In the patient portal, you'll find a section titled "Personal Medical History." Here, please share your health history, including any symptoms, when these symptoms began, and your health goals. This information is crucial for us to understand your unique situation.

  3. Submit Your Information: Once you've completed your health story, submit your information. Our dedicated patient support team will reach out to you, ensuring you're well-informed and comfortable as our clinical team reviews your case and determines the next steps.

Register Your Portal Now: Secure Patient Registration

Our team at Gershon Preventative Medicine is committed to providing you with personalized, comprehensive care. By sharing your health story with us, you're taking a significant step towards understanding and improving your health. We're here to guide you every step of the way.

Disclaimer: Your privacy is paramount. This blog is for informational purposes on behalf of Gershon Preventative Medicine. No advice is given without a clinical consultation. We operate on a cash-pay basis. For resources on eating disorders, please click here.

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