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Dr. Dan KalishAuthor, The Kalish Method
Today I’m inviting you to join me in exploring what I consider to be the next phase of functional medicine.
A phase focused on better patient outcomes…cost-effective functional medicine…and explosive practice growth.
These ideas are the driving force behind my successful Walnut Creek, California, clinic. They’ve helped me successfully treat thousands of patients in the last few years.
And they are the reason why my clinic has a waiting list.
But while a thriving practice is great, this isn’t just about growing a successful clinic. It’s about serving and healing more patients. Patients who desperately need your help, but often can’t afford it.
It’s about making functional medicine a real force for good.
Not just an ‘alternative’ option for those with huge bank balances.
The Truth About Functional Medicine
If you’ve been working in functional medicine for a while, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
You worry about it…your colleagues discuss it behind closed doors…and your patients constantly complain to you about it…
Functional medicine has become far too elaborate and expensive.
Testing…supplements…and special diets can run into the thousands.
And while patients — who are desperate to get better — will find a way to pay these fees, they are not happy about it.
In fact, they often suspect a cheaper, more effective option is available.
And they are 100% correct.
That is why hundreds of disgruntled patients now seek me out. And they will seek you out too, if you’re willing to make a shift.
Let me explain…
For the last several years, I’ve been practicing a more practical and cost-effective model of functional medicine.
A type of FM that focuses on clinically relevant testing and dispenses with confusing protocols.
I realized that more treatment and more testing does not equal better results.
In fact, the opposite is often true. By trying to do too much, you can cripple yourself with information overload. When you focus on core fundamentals, you are able to be more effective because you are less distracted.
For example: cholesterol levels…blood sugar…inflammatory markers…food allergies…and antibodies have all been shown to improve after treating gut infections and dysbiosis.
So, if you succeed in treating GI infections and dysbiosis, food reactions and food allergy testing are no longer needed.
In fact, by understanding and treating the gut, you can heal a near endless range of seemingly ‘unrelated’ diseases and symptoms, such as:
- Brain fog
- Female hormonal imbalances
- Celiac disease
- Joint pain
- Food reactivity
- Dry or thinning hair and skin
- Slowed metabolism
And of course, let’s not forget digestive symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, loose stools, reflux and heartburn. Any of these symptoms are absolute confirmation that a problem in the gut is present.
Don’t get me wrong. Can treating the gut heal everything under the sun?
I’m not a ‘gut zealot’. But my extensive studies on the microbiota and, more importantly, my hundreds of clinical results all point to one thing…
Treating the gut FIRST will take care of many of the symptoms I listed above and completely eradicate the need for expensive, irrelevant testing.
In a sense, it should be every FM practitioner’s ‘first stop’. Treat the gut and you will — at the very least — clear the way for effective, relevant testing. And in many cases, you’ll solve your client’s issue altogether.
When you tweak your practice to focus on the gut and clinical-relevant testing, the result will be:
- Less extensive testing (you save your patients time).
- Cost-effective treatment (you save your patients money).
- Happier patients.
- The ability to treat more patients who need your help.
I’m now convinced that this is the way forward for functional medicine.
And in fact, I’ve completely turned away from my old methods of exhaustive testing and complex, expensive protocols.
Instead, I’ve distilled my clinical practice down to those two fundamentals I mentioned above. They are:
- Mastery of the gut.
- Understanding what types of test are clinically relevant and necessary…and ignoring everything else.
I want to share these fundamentals with you in a new, exciting publication I’ve just launched. You’ll get the full details in just a moment…
But first, let me draw your attention to one of the most perplexing and ironic facets of functional medicine today…
While I’ve been striving to make my testing and treatments simpler…the ‘gurus’ have become more complex.
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