Sunday, March 12, 2006

Ask Dr. Z - Functional Illness!

Ask Dr. Z - Functional Illness!:

"What is Functional Illness?
Many people don't feel good, but don't really know why. They complain of unexplained symptoms such as chronic fatigue, over-weight, depression, food cravings, head aches, muscle and joint pain, arthritis, intractable back pain, heartburn, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, mood swings, rashes, itching, allergies, ...the list goes on.

Standard medical tests show little or nothing. Many of my patients have reported over the years that their MD's either ignore these symptoms or give vague explanations such as:
  • It is because of your age
  • You just have to live with it
  • It's all in your head
  • It is stress
  • It is...

What this really means: nobody knows how to determine the cause for all these symptoms.
As the name implies, Functional Illness comprises symptoms caused by the abnormal function the body. An organ or groups of organs have begun to malfunction.

The real problem arises when this abnormal function is ignored and/or remains undetected for prolonged periods of time. This may then lead to a state of actual disease. Disease implies pathological changes that can be evaluated by standard medical tests.

So we could say that Functional Illness is this gray and vague area between optimal health and disease.

Here are some factors that may contribute to Functional Illness:

  • structural stress: misalignments of the spine which can lead to stress on the nervous system
  • emotional stress
  • lack of sleep
  • over-consumption of sugar and carbohydrates
  • lack of proper nutrition
  • junk food
  • food additives sedentary life style
  • 'recreational' drugs
  • pharmaceutical drugs
  • antibiotic use (past or present) which destroys the healthy intestinal flora
  • alcohol
  • tobacco
  • enviroment."

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