My name is Dr. Susanne Saltzman and I have a general practice for the last 24 years. I specialize in homeopathic and functional medicine and I treat children and adults.
Functional medicine seeks to restore function to various systems in the body. For example, the “gut” is considered one of the keys to health since 70-80% of the immune system is located throughout the gastrointestinal lining. In fact many autoimmune diseases begin in the gut; therefore healing the gut is often the first step in resolving autoimmune diseases and other disorders. This involves identifying food sensitivities and dysbiosis (an imbalance of bacteria in the gut), as well as healing increased intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) and other digestive disorders.
Detoxifying the body is also sometimes important. Although all of us have toxins in our bodies, some of us will be more affected by them than others due to genetic differences in our bodies’ ability to detoxify. I often like to heal the gut first before implementing a medical detox.
Healing mitochondrial dysfunction is important in the elderly as well as people with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia since the mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cells (make energy in the form of ATP). Healthy mitochondria mean stronger, healthier muscles, higher exercise tolerance and renewed energy.
Of course correcting nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances (thyroid, adrenal, menopause, etc) and managing stress are also key to a healthier, happier you!
Homeopathic medicine, on the other hand, is a very different system of healing. Homeopathy seeks to treat the whole person not just the disease. I can have five people with the same “disease” and give them five completely different homeopathic remedies. In homeopathy the mental/emotional symptoms are just as important as the physical symptoms in finding the correct “constitutional” homeopathic remedy. Someone’s deepest fears, worries, and anxieties (as well as old emotional trauma/grief) are often key to finding the correct remedy. These negative feelings literally become “stuck” in the body and can eventually manifest as dis-ease.
Homeopathic medicine and functional medicine are powerful tools to help bring the body back into balance. In future videos I will discuss these healing modalities in more depth and how I use them to treat different conditions.