Winning the battle against Autoimmunity

Hello and welcome to The Functional Perspective!  My name is Salena and I am a functional medicine health and wellness practitioner with a passion to help others restore their health.  I specialize in helping those facing autoimmune challenges, especially children.

In 2014 my family was impacted by an autoimmune disease. Upon being flown to Dallas Childrens hospital, my eldest was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  This took us by complete surprise due to no family history of diabetes and after all, we ate ‘organic’, homemade foods.  As my child lay in the ICU my mission to restore health was ignited.   ‘

The Functional Perspective’ is a result of that spark.  My work is to restore health in those who are battling with a health obstacle most others think to great to overcome.

The website consists of blog posts with a variety of topics such as the all important Microbiome and the three game changing diagnostic tests for autoimmune sufferers.  There is a recipe section (with many recipes inspired by my children) as well as a page with links to research and other scientific resources.  Of course the most important page is the one with my contact info – I offer a free 15 minute no-obligation consultation.  You can also find the pricing for my services on that page.  I hope you find information to better your, or a loved one’s, health and to walk away from my site knowing there is hope for autoimmune sufferers.  I look forward to the opportunity to help you navigate the road to better health!   ~Salena

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Expert Talk: David Perlmutter, MD Brain Inflammation, Autoimmune Disease and Nutrition

I just listened to the first ‘bonus’ video from the Autoimmune Revolution and I was STUNNED! ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!  I am looking forward to the rest of the videos – I have a feeling it is going to end up being a great resource for me on this journey…  If you missed my previous post here is another link below to sign up for the free content!

After registering you will get an email confirmation with a link to the bonus content – The video I just watched was:

Expert Talk: David Perlmutter, MD Brain Inflammation, Autoimmune Disease and Nutrition

(Here is Dr. Perlmutters website http://www.drperlmutter.com/

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/50763-the-autoimmune-revolution/embed

So, which came first?

Which came first – autoimmune disease or malfunction in the body?questions-1922476_1920

(Update 4/11/2017: Check out this post for a hint)

the Functional Perspective – What is that?

This is a great question!

Simply put, when we take a functional perspective we continually ask ourselves how is the body supposed to function?  Then we find ways to support and encourage that function.

A quick search on dictionary.com gives the following top 3 definitions for functional:

  • 1. of or relating to a function or functions:
  • 2. capable of operating or functioning:
  • 3. having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed:

When one takes a functional approach they transform from a symptom management of health challenges to restoration of function – they look at the problem from a different perspective.  They are looking to restore the body to operation in a manner for which it was designed.  To find a solution for malfunctioning they look at the reasons why, or what, triggered the malfunction. Then they look at what changes need to be made to achieve restoration.

For instance with my son and his diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes.  In the process of examining our management options we ask many questions.  We are trying to put pieces of the puzzle together. Connect the dots.  Such as:

  • What causes the ‘honeymoon’ period?
  • How does the pancreas stop working then start working again?
  • Which processes are involved in the triggering of insulin to be released in the body?
  • Does this food support the body in eliciting an insulin response?
  • How are we supporting the leptin or ghrelin responses?
  • What processes are triggered during the sun converting vitamin D?
  • What does my son’s cholesterol panel look like?  Will that give us a clue to what ‘health road’ we were on?
  • What role does the bouts with eczema over the last two years fit in to where we are health-wise today?
  • The severe infant re-flux as an infant, was that a clue we missed?
  • Are all carbs the same?  Are different metabolic processes triggered due to various types carbs?
  • Is this activity disrupting or supporting circadian rhythms?
  • The list grows and grows…

In other areas it would be like one looking upstream to see why the water stopped flowing.  Or looking at the root system, soil and water to see why has this plant stopped thriving.  An arborist looks at the historical environmental factors to see why this tree has a disease.  Ironically a functional perspective is used in nearly every other industry.

We wouldn’t keep going to a mechanic who only treated our misfiring car with fuel additives.  We expect him to find the reason why it is not working and restore our vehicle to the original operation for which the vehicle was designed.   Just as we would be quite upset if went to a tire dealer because we kept getting flats and all their solution was use of a flat fixing additive. We would expect them to find the reason it is going flat and restore the tire to fully operational condition.  Driving around with a nail and just adding air or some other filler does not address the problem – it’s symptom management.

Should you have any questions, comments or would like to share your thoughts – I love hearing from you and welcome discussions!!  In January 2017 I will have finished my certification course and will begin offering heath coaching consultations. In the meantime my resource section contains links to many of the places I go as I search for ways to transform and achieve restoration.

The Functional Perspective: Well, so it begins

Well, so it begins…

I’m a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister and a friend with a passion to help others.  Many experiences have shaped who I am but the most recent is why you and I have crossed paths. In 2014 a shocking health event happened with my oldest child.  It was during a point in my life when I thought I had conquered the most difficult events one can have once becoming a parent – suffering the loss of four children during pregnancies. Now I was faced with a more traumatic event as my oldest was on a life-flight to Dallas with a newly diagnosed disease.

From the onset we were encouraged how this is a very manageable disease, not life threatening and one can live a “normal” life, after all  “we have medicine for that”.  And from the onset I was determined to alter the normal outcome of a life being dependent on the latest “medicine” and restore life dependent on the provisions from our Creator.  Let’s face it we have a body that functions in magnificent ways… So two years later, after strong encouragement of a supporter that has been imperative in this journey, I took the plunge to become a health coach in hopes of being able to encourage and guide others to take control of their health and reach their goals of a better outcome.

Are you up for the challenge?  I sure am! Take my hand, let’s do this together… I guarantee you it’s always easier when we have another to help navigate the way…