For most autoimmune diseases, the best that medicine can do is keep some of the symptoms at bay. The root cause of the condition, or any potential to cure the autoimmune disease, is rarely - if at all - addressed. Once your autoimmune system turns on you, it may start a seemingly downward health spiral characterized by development of other autoimmune conditions. Multiple autoimmune conditions are frequently accompanied by dramatically worsening allergies, heightened chemical sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, and a host of other debilitating and life-changing symptoms.
For the most part, doctors throw up their hands when you ask, “What can I do about my autoimmune condition?” Most doctors just shake their heads, perplexed, when you ask, “How can I avoid getting more autoimmune-related diseases?” Most doctors don’t have an answer to: “Is there anything I can do to help prevent my children from developing autoimmune disease?”
Over time chronic malfunctioning of the immune system can ultimately lead to various cancers. Most doctors have no idea on how to recapture your health, no way to slow or halt the immune system gone haywire as it launches each new attack on another part of your body.
You won’t find answers in main stream medicine. You aren’t likely to hear them from the typical HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) doctor, who may not even recognize or easily diagnose many autoimmune conditions, much less know how to treat them - particularly given the constraints of the typical HMO-mandated 15-minute-or-less appointment. And the answers aren’t likely to be forthcoming from the average primary care doctor, or GP, or ob-gyn - the doctors most of us see for our day-to-day medical care. These doctors rush through dozens of patients a day and barely have time to keep up with key developments in the most studied conditions such as heart disease and cancer, much less delve into complicated and often misunderstood autoimmune diseases.
And even those doctors who consider themselves experts in treating the most common autoimmune diseases rarely venture into the uncharted territory of actually dealing with the autoimmune process itself. Most are content to focus on treating symptoms. So endocrinologists give insulin for diabetes and thyroid hormone replacement for thyroid disease.
Rheumatologists prescribe pain relievers and immunosupppressives for rheumatoid arthritis. Gastroenterologists offer surgeries and drugs from Crohn’s disease. But ask these doctors about autoimmmune implications of the conditions and they may draw a blank.
That is why you need a doctor that specializes in “functional testing”.
Would you like to take the guesswork out of knowing what you really need to be healthy? Functional testing allows us to target your specific nutritional and metabolic needs. The state-of-the-art test allows us to select the most effective and efficient combination of nutritional products for you, based on your individual results.
Your body’s systems don’t work in a vacuum. Dr. McKernan takes a functional approach to determine areas of imbalance or deficiency. His testing provides information about antioxidant deficiencies and insufficiencies of nutrients like carnitine, NAC, lipoic acid, and CoQ10. You will discover how effectively the B vitamins function in your body, how well your body handles toxins, and how well your brain’s neurotransmitters are functioning. It looks at lipid peroxides to see if you need additional antioxidant protection and provides a fatty acid assessment to optimize your ratio to reduce overall inflammation. These functional tests will even reveal unknown digestive abnormalities that may be causing health problems and uncover food sensitivities that can impact a host of conditions including difficult weight loss, skin disorders and autoimmune disease.
Stop taking medications to cover up your problems and start to get to the cause of your disease. Call us today, it will be the most important decision you make about your health.