"Root Cause Medicine is Our Philosophy"
At our San Jose based Medical Center, Root Cause Medicine explains how we diagnose and treat our patients. It simply means that the healthcare we practice strives to discover the underlying root cause that is resulting in the body’s ill health or malfunction. Inherent in this philosophy is three key precepts:
- The body is designed to be healthy
- The body’s organs and systems interrelate and affect each other – no organ works in a vacuum.
- When the root cause of a health problem is discovered and the stressor(s) removed, the body is capable of healing itself in most cases.
Therefore our main thrust is to identify the stressors, be they lifestyle, diet, organ or nervous system malfunction, etc that are getting in the way of the body healing itself. With the proper assistance the body can heal itself; a remarkable ability that is too often overlooked and underappreciated. A cut heals with one doing very little to aid it; so too can the immune system kill cancer cells as long as too many obstacles are not overwhelming it. The healthy immune system in fact does kill cancer cells every day, but because we can’t “feel” this activity it’s easy to forget that it’s occurring.
Traditional medicine operates in a very different manner. A patient is tested to see if a known disease process can be found and if so that named disease is treated with an accepted drug protocol. There is no thought to why the problem occurred or if it can be reversed or how future problems might be prevented. And, sadly, if the problem or symptoms being presented by the patient do not fall into a known disease category, too often the patient is told that they are fine, there’s nothing wrong or their problems are chalked up to stress or depression, sometimes resulting in the prescription of dangerous psychiatric medications.
Drugs mask symptoms, have side effects and provide only temporary relief or suppression of symptoms. While sometimes a condition has progressed to the point where medication is required, utilizing root cause medicine and optimizing the function of the body can often result in reducing or weaning off the drug completely in the future.
What Creates Ill Health?
The stressors on the body can be structural or organ related. They include such things as a poor diet, inadequate sleep, pain, emotional strain, allergies, chronic illness and injury. It is due to the vast diversity of stressors that we have created our unique clinic, comprised of a variety of doctors and health care practitioners who work together as a team under one roof. The varying specialties allow us to successfully tackle most health problems, together as an integrated team.
Our philosophy of health sets us apart from most other doctors whom you’ve met as it is based on the normalization of function rather than the treatment of symptoms. Malfunction precedes most major diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and autoimmune disease by at least a decade if not more. Imagine if malfunction could be detected early enough to be corrected prior to the onset of disease? Imagine if correcting malfunction could reverse diseases already present? Would our life expectancy and overall quality of life improve? We believe the answer to be a resounding “Yes” on all counts!
Masking Symptoms with a Pill is Not What We Do
What we don’t do here is embrace the more traditional approach of medicine – that of pharmaceuticals or the “swallow a pill” and feel better temporarily concept. Unfortunately, this is practiced all too abundantly in our country. Patients arrive to see their doctors with pain, fatigue and other problems only to be:
- sent home with a drug that masks the symptoms, has potentially dangerous side effects and/or does nothing to address the root cause of the symptom, or
- told that their symptoms are “normal” or “common” for someone their age and to just live with it.
This is short-sighted because masking a symptom with a medication or ignoring it entirely, does nothing to address the underlying root cause that is continuing to worsen as time goes by.
Your Body is Designed to Be Healthy
Our bodies are incredible machines designed to function optimally, without symptoms, well past the age of 100. The body creates a symptom because that is the only way it can communicate with us. Symptoms are a sign of malfunction; they are not normal. What happens when we take pain relievers so that we can’t feel the pain or the symptom anymore? Has that corrected the problem? Of course not. Temporary relief of symptoms is just that, temporary. It doesn’t resolve the underlying cause of the problem.
Many patients are never spoken to about identifying the root cause of their problem. The only option they’ve ever been given is symptomatic, temporary relief. Therefore we are not surprised when patients sometimes look shocked at the concept of correction. They often are amazed that actual correction is available and ask why no one has ever offered it to them before.
We Frequently Get our Patients Off Their Medications
The success of Root Cause Medicine is measured by such milestones as successfully getting our patients off most of their medications. Along with this comes returning the body to optimal health that expressed in a functionality and vitality the likes of which most patients haven’t experienced in decades. Upon completion of their program, patients frequently exclaim that they cannot remember the last time they felt as good as they currently do. They also comment that they didn’t know that feeling “this good” was possible, so they had simply given up believing that it was. Fortunately optimal health is an attainable goal and it’s to this end that we dedicate our clinic and our lives.
This Isn’t a Quick, Temporary Fix
Is there a downside to this approach?
The biggest “problem” in correcting the root cause is that it isn’t fast. We’re not offering a “quick fix” here. You don’t just take a pill and have a symptom go away. It takes time to improve and restore normal function to the body. Most people realize that it took them time to get unhealthy and it therefore will take time to reverse the process.
The good news is that the restoration to health often takes a mere fraction of the time that it took the body to get ill. On average our programs take about 3 to 4 months to complete.
We Can Find the Root Cause of Your Problem
In order to diagnose the underlying root cause of your problem, we utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tests and functional laboratory tests. We then design individualized tailor-made programs for each one of our patients.
This approach isn’t for everyone – some people truly would rather take a pill. But if getting to the root cause of your problem makes sense to you then you’ve found a doctor’s office that thinks as you do!
Give us a call. To ensure that we feel you are a good candidate for our program, we will offer you a FREE introductory 30 minute consultation with one of our doctors - 408-733-0400.