Neurologic & Mental Health Treatments
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Functional Medicine’s Approach to Neurologic and Mental Health Disorders
Neurologic and Mental Health Disorders affect the brain, but their root causes usually lie within problems identified in stress response, gut health, and the body’s ability to detoxify. Knowing these causes can lead to the reversal of disease and to prevention for those who have a family history of these health problems
Problems with how our brains function are greatly impacting our society today, and these problems are growing:
- Mental Health disorders are conditions that affect your mood, thinking, or behavior. 1 in 5 adults struggles with one of these problems which include depression, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder and many others.
- 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia which now affects 5 million Americans today.
- 600,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed in the United States each year and it is estimated that 1.2 million people will be living with Parkinson’s Disease by the year 2030.
- 3 million adults have epilepsy and almost half a million children also suffer from this disorder.
In 2021, the CDC reported that 1 in 27 boys was diagnosed with autism and 1 in 44 of all children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
The providers at Spire Health Pathways are trained in the evaluation of brain symptoms and disorders of all types and will work with you to develop a path to calmer thought processes and increased mental clarity.
What Is Functional Medicine’s Approach to Neurologic and Mental Health Disorders?
Health-Oriented and Comprehensive
The health of the brain is determined by providing adequate nutrients and preventing both physical and toxic injuries. Most of the Neurological and Mental Health Disorders described have been found to have genetic links, however it is only after one or more injuries that these genetics are turned on and dysfunction occurs. The injuries can be different from one person to the next and may include an inflammatory diet, a nutrient deficiency, exposures to environmental toxins as common as plastics, and poor tolerance of emotional and physical demands. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension share many of these same root causes and often signal that neurologic and mental health problems are on the horizon, and for these reasons we evaluate your entire health in order to improve your brain’s function.
We focus on diet, movement, and stress management to create the optimal environment for your brain’s health and function. Depending on your individual preferences and using science-based information as a guide, your provider will help design a diet that incorporates the nutrient-dense choices best for brain health and specific to your disorder, your genetics, and your biochemistry. Movement and stress reduction also play important roles in your brain and overall health and your individualized plan is tailored to your daily responsibilities and preferences.
How does Functional Medicine for Neurologic and Mental Health Disorders Work?
Our providers take the time to get to know you and your family history which can illuminate where you may have potential vulnerabilities that lead to brain dysfunction now or in the future. We will order appropriate advanced testing that may include examination of your intestinal function, genetic testing for predispositions to brain problems, food sensitivities, and cortisol levels, as well as determine whether your basic thyroid, liver, and blood sugar levels are optimal and are not creating an inflammatory environment for your brain. Together we will work toward overall better health for both body and mind which allows for a stable mood and mental clarity.
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“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison