As a medical doctor with over two decades of caring for patients in clinical practice, I have seen a shift in the complaints that my patients present to me.
I am seeing more chronic disease, more disability, and more conditions that seem to be just shrugged aside by conventional medical thinking. People come to me really struggling, and yet their mainstream doctors have left them with a label and a drug therapy.
You know the labels doctors or other experts may have given you: anxiety, IBS, fatigue, autoimmunity, obesity, chronic pain… and the list goes on.
With two years of post-graduate training in General Surgery, and then four more (with Board Certification) in OB/GYN, I imagined myself capable of caring for a broad swath of conditions. I found that all of this training left me ill equipped for these evolving patient needs.
Some 15 years ago, I began my transition to a practice based in Functional Medicine. I found that some of my most complex patients were needing me to think differently. They needed me to look at their health in a new light.
My patients needed me to evaluate the body within a series of systems, not just symptoms.
My decade of formal education, and years of clinical practice, defined these systems, and revealed how they were related by function and priority.
I began to develop treatment protocols based in nutrition, metabolic balance, and gut health. Detoxification took on a different meaning and importance. Hormone management required tuning within the body’s hormonal symphony. Markers of inflammation became my most valued lab tests.
And the worldwide research and science to support these protocols has just continued to grow.
The Journey Becomes Personal: When the Doctor Becomes a Patient
My journey then became personal, and I found myself with a VIP patient. Myself.
In the process of loading far too much onto my plate, I discovered what it meant to be fatigued. My body buzzed. The road swam before my eyes as I drove. My sleep was terrible and my brain fogged. My libido tanked. Basically, I felt crappy all day.
I realized that there was not a single drug that would fix this. I had to make some changes. And I did. With myself as a patient, I began to develop the thinking and practices that I will share with you in this site.
There is no single drug, supplement, diet or herb that cures fatigue, autoimmunity, obesity, cancer, or any other complex medical problem. We can only get better by looking at constellations of systems.
As you read these blogs, you will begin to understand how these systems work together. I believe that you can learn to implement them, and to make remarkable changes for your health.
My professional mission, and the mission of this site, is to give you a blueprint and the tools that you need to really get well. By understanding how your body works, and the ways that we can measure and manage these workings, you will begin to feel better.
You have the ability to change your biology, change your health, and change your life.
Allow me to be your virtual guide
I will help you to learn to:
- Use your diet to reverse disease
- Recognize good science over commercial hype
- Use herbs, nutrients and supplements with focus and direction
- Understand, measure, and balance your hormones
- Utilize a system to find your optimal health, based in biology and research, that you can learn and incorporate into your life
- Work in partnership with your conventional doctor
I know that you are really smart. And you want good information.
So take a few minutes to look over some of my content. I try to keep my writing tightly focused, and simply presented so that you can learn about yourself. Learn about how your body works, and you can begin to take the steps to make the changes to feel and live better and longer.
If you poke around the site long enough, you will begin to see that changes in your health are actionable, and that improved health is within your grasp.
You just need a good guide in your health journey, a partner.
I want to be the best parent, climber, runner, spouse, organic cook, doctor and writer possible! Are you at your best? Once we decide to study, focus and practice what we have learned, anything is possible!
Scott Resnick, MD