What is Functional Medicine and Can It Help Autoimmune?

What if we made wellness and well-being as important as just getting over our current symptoms…? In this info-packed episode, we welcome Susan Blum, MD, a true pioneer in functional medicine and a nationally recognized speaker, author, and teacher. As founder and director of Blum Center for Health, and through her patient care, writing, research, and mentoring, she is a passionate advocate for those with chronic illness and helping them restore to a state of wellness.

Dr. Blum is assistant clinical professor in preventive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, and senior faculty with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. She is certified in functional medicine, author of ‘The Immune System Recovery Program,’ and medical advisor for the Dr. Oz Show and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Dr. Blum’s book, ‘Healing Arthritis’ was just released to much praise. She shares insights from both books including:

• What is functional medicine and would it help?
• How to feel empowered in your health care and maintain the locus of control.
• Why the ‘fixer-model’ doesn’t fix and how to develop a partnership in your care
• The five significant guidelines for choosing your food as part of your healing
• How to repair your gut and eliminate toxins and much more….

Dr. Blum also shares how your body is an eco-system and although it takes time for the whole eco-system to shift, the steps you can take to acerbate that shift to wellness, including her four-step program, which she has used to help thousands of patients recover from autoimmune and immune-related conditions without medication from her first best-selling book, ‘The Immune System Recovery Plan’ as well as, tips from ‘Healing Arthritis.’ She has created useful programs that supports and ensures wellness success that you can discover at www.blumhealthmd.com and www.blumcenterforhealth.com AND be sure and join your host, Sharon Sayler as we discover easy ways to enhance our immune system, available now at www.UnderstandingAutoimmune.com/Blum

Positive Thoughts

The show begins with Sharon asking Dr. Susan Blum what got her interested in the autoimmune conditions to which she relates her own experience with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which spurred her to want to understand why she had it.

Dr. Blum goes on to explain why functional medicine is the perfect vehicle for it as it goes to the root causes of the chronic health condition to actually treat them. Being conventionally trained, she says that she integrates everything but her main approach is functional.

0:06:01.6 This is where they start talking about the gut as the home base of the immune system.

Digressing a bit, she says that, unfortunately, people with autoimmune end up with different specialists offering different solutions. And that’s where functional medicine comes in with what they call, “systems biology” where they connect the organs system and do the whole person.

0:16:37.7 At this point, Dr. Blum discusses the need for a wellness model of health care rather than one that is focused on the disease model where the definition of health is the absence of those diseases as opposed to “vibrant, living your life to the fullest.”

They also discuss moving the locus of control from the physician to the patient and giving them the tools and the skills to participate in their own self-care which she says she tries to do in her first book, The Immune System Recovery Plan.

0:25:49.2 Sharon now asks about the basic steps in going through the immune system recovery program to which Dr. Susan breaks it down into four basics steps:  food, stress, gut, and toxins.

0:43:16.5 With just a few minutes left, Susan tells everybody the coaching programs and the tele-education services they can avail.

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Your host, Sharon Sayler is a certified executive and wellness coach, communications trainer, public speaker, best selling author, and the founder of Competitive Edge Communications who specializes in teaching professionals critical nonverbal and body language skills including how to have those critical “tough” conversations. She teaches how to up-your-impact on the stage, in the boardroom, with clients, customers, team members and even how to deal with difficult people.

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