What defines chronic illness and why is it so complex to treat?

One of the most common questions I am asked when people are inquiring about potential treatment is, “Do I fit into the category of being chronically ill?”

Chronic illness is a large umbrella term and accompanies a host of physical and mental/emotional components, so I have yet to turn anyone away. The healing process is similar regardless of what type and duration of illnesses people bring forward, however, the vital component is understanding the layered, multifaceted approach to treatment. An unraveling, of sorts. The key to healing illness – whether acute (short term symptoms) or chronic (long term symptoms) is redirecting the body back towards homeostasis (its original, natural state) in order to eradicate disease.

With that being said, it is certainly more complex treating chronic illness and often requires a more detailed and lengthy treatment approach. With chronic health issues we tend to see an intertwined presentation of symptomatology. Layers of disease are added as the body is living in a constant state of inflammation and weakened immunity (due to invading offenders – in whatever form that may be). This combination makes the patient more susceptible to diseases that they may have otherwise been able to avoid. As a result, I find that a lot of chronically ill people have a hard time even defining their most common or bothersome symptoms due to their interchangeability.

Simply stated, they just feel, “not quite right.”

The most common chronic conditions that I see in clinic are: Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Mold Toxicity, Post Concussion Syndrome, Parasitic Infections, Allergies, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Autoimmunity. The list goes on.

To make it simple – I focus on conditions that fit any or all of these categories:

  • Symptoms for a minimum of 6 months with little to no improvement. Most patients have had symptoms for an average of 5 years or more.
  • Symptoms that have labels but are not improved by their current treatment plan
  • Symptoms that have no formal label by medical professionals
  • Symptoms that seem to impede on a person’s quality of life
  • Symptoms that are only mildly improved by pharmaceuticals
  • Persons who wish to find the CAUSE of their ‘disease’, rather than bandaid with medications

Keep in mind that the body is always working to reach its natural state of functioning. It does not enjoy the symptoms you are experiencing. It is a constant battle to attempt to rid the body of invaders (bacteria, viral loads, neurotoxins, mycotoxins, parasitic infections, etc). The immune system is taxed. It’s attempting to fight for you at all times, with little to no success due to the inability of the body to rid disease once it is overloaded and burdened with toxicity.

It is easy to see how someone who is sick over a longer period of time is not only exhausted, but continues to get more sick as time goes on.

The cycle needs to be stopped. There comes a time when they body needs help. 
And that’s where I come in.

It’s your time to heal. 

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