Revitalize Your Immune System – A Functional Medicine Perspective
How can you protect yourself from getting sick? Well, to revitalize your immune system from a functional medicine perspective, we first have to accept that exposure to pathogens is going to happen. No matter what we do to try to prevent it, we are exposed to all kinds of pathogens. I’m all for washing hands and keeping our environments clean. (However, some of the cleaners out there are so toxic I’m not sure if the benefit is worth the toxicity. I have the test results to prove it. There are safe and effective alternatives.)
These measures help REDUCE exposure. However, nothing we do can prevent all exposure to pathogens. We do not eat sterile food, we do not drink sterile fluids, we do not breathe sterile air, we do not live in sterile homes or workplaces, or shop in sterile stores, or interact with sterile people.
We cannot escape pathogens. They are everywhere. I’ve seen patients with infections that shock me. Giardia (a serious parasite), Salmonella (a serious bacteria), Norovirus (a serious virus) are some examples of pathogens I find in patients on a regular basis. Most of these patients have no idea how they even contracted their infections.
From a functional medicine perspective, our immune system is always under attack from all kinds of pathogens. Viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungus are all out to ruin my life 24/7, 365 days out of the year. Sounds pretty pessimistic, doesn’t it? I haven’t always been so pessimistic, but after seeing enough lab reports on my patients, I began to understand how a weak immune system can lead to all kinds of health problems, including vulnerability to pathogens.
So. If we are going to be exposed to pathogens, and if exposure does not equal illness, why do we get sick?
THE ISSUE IS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE IS THE ANSWER!
One of the things I want to know about my patients is how healthy their immune system is. The tests tell the story. Often I see a depleted, weakened immune system which can lead to a multitude of problems. The kinds of things that lead to a sick immune system are:
- Poor diets
- Poor lifestyle choices
- Nutrient deficiencies ( Vitamin D is super common)
- Toxins (from plastics, chemicals and mold, toxic metals are common)
- Chronic Infections (The Gut is often home to these)
When I have a patient with a weak immune system, I look for these kinds of things and fix them with the right supplements and proper nutrition. And guess what happens! Their immune system starts to recover! Here is an example:
A FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE EXAMPLE
A 51 year old female came to me for help for the following problems:
- Frequently sick
- Brain Fog
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The testing we did on this patient uncovered several serious issues:
- Several intestinal bacterial infections
- Intestinal hyperpermeability (Leaky Gut)
- Food Sensitivities
- Dysbiosis (Poor/Unbalanced probiotic colonies)
- Mercury, Cadmium and Arsenic toxicity
- Low AM Cortisol (Adrenal Fatigue)
Now, isn’t that quite a list? When you look at this list, can you imagine why this patient might be experiencing the problems she is having? Is it any wonder that she is frequently sick?
My patient was very committed to her health and stuck with her specific treatment plan and follow-up testing. Over time, her symptoms began to disappear and the testing showed that the root problems were no more! This patient recently wrote to me:
This is the first year I can remember that I didn’t get really sick over the winter, even with travel and stress. So thank you for all that you have done to help me. I really feel like I’m in a good place health wise right now!!!
If you are worried about getting sick, one of the best things you can do is start working with me to get healthy! I can help you even if you don’t live here in Arizona.
IMMUNE SYSTEM CHECK UP
Our Wellness Check Up is for those who aren’t extremely sick and want to be proactive with their health. It is an affordable and super easy option! Seriously, if you want to help your immune system, this is the way to do it!
IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST
There’s another treatment for boosting your immunity! This treatment, Red Light Therapy, is an easy, non-invasive 15 minute treatment. Red Light Therapy, also known as Photobiomodulation (PBMT), has so many benefits that immune support is not surprising at all! It can be used to improve general wellness, relieve inflammation, and as a treatment against viruses.
Other Amazing Benefits of Red Light Therapy
- Lose Fat
- Reduce Acne
- Improve Cognitive Function
- Improve Eye Health
- Treat Depression and Anxiety
- Treat Eczema
- Treat Diabetes
- Fix Thyroid Hormones – for Men and Women
- Improve natural hair growth/reducing hair loss
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Improve sleep quality and duration
- Speed Up Recovery
- And so much MORE!
And that’s why full body use is so amazing! Because not only can you boost your immunity, you can also get so many other benefits – without side effects!
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For Functional Medicine: The first step in working with Dr. Kilcup is filling out the Functional Medicine history form HERE. When you are finished filling out the form, Dr. Kilcup will go over your history and prepare a plan to move forward. You will receive an email from Dr. Kilcup letting you know that he is ready to meet with you. Often, this meeting is over the phone and on the internet. Dr. Kilcup will email you the documents he wants to go over with you over the phone. During this initial meeting, Dr. Kilcup will discuss your history with you to make sure he understands what is going on. In order to get to the root of the problem, most patients need advanced functional medicine testing. Dr. Kilcup will explain the tests you need and answer any questions you have. The cost of this visit is $150.
For Red Light Therapy: If you live close enough to come in person, we HIGHLY recommend doing so! We have 2 full-sized panels that will cover every inch of your body with this amazing healing light. Appointments are only 15 minutes and you can come in up to 3 times a week (recommended). Our UNLIMITED plan is the best price around! Call the office today at (602) 864-0304 for more information or to get started. Located in Phoenix, Arizona
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