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Elmhurst Doctor Celebrates 8 Years of Helping Diabetics with Functional Medicine

This article was originally posted on prweb.com – Another example showing how functional medicine can help reverse and prevent diseases!

Dr. Powell celebrates 8 years on his mission to address the root cause of diabetes, says greaterchicagofunctionalhealth.com

Many of my patients are very frustrated with the way their doctors manage their condition. They are tired of just taking more and more drugs, and there is very little done to address the root cause of diabetes.

Elmhurst, IL (PRWEB) October 23, 2013

Patients diagnosed early with type 2 diabetes typically do not display the associated symptoms caused by the debilitating high sugar levels. Type 2 Diabetes, also known as the “silent killer”, can exist in an individual for many years potentially causing eye, kidney and nerve damage and is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

“Many of my patients are very frustrated with the way their doctors manage their condition. They are tired of just taking more and more drugs, and there is very little done to address the root cause of diabetes”, say Elmhurst doctor Richard Powell DC, who is today celebrating his 8th year of helping Diabetics with functional medicine.

“There is a different way to treat diabetes. Finding the cause or triggers and addressing these with natural dietary and lifestyle changes. Functional Medicine is a science-based approach to healing: the basic premise is that every individual is unique and therefore no single treatment will be ideal for everyone”, Dr. Powell informs his patients. This is a process which done accurately and incorporated into patient’s lifestyle can have life changing results.

Dr. Powell says, “Most experts, including the American Diabetes Association, recommend that lifestyle and dietary intervention should be the first line treatment. Most doctors, however, don’t have the knowledge or the time to educate their patients about how to find the root cause and make the correct nutritional changes to reverse diabetes. Therefore, patients are typically treated with medication right from the beginning. In my experience, this may not be necessary.”

About Dr. Powell:

Dr. Powell has been in practice for 29 years and has been concentrating on reversing diabetes for the last 8 years. He has also been helping people with Thyroid disease for the past 8 years. Everyone has unique characteristics, and therefore the treatment is individually tailored.

For those looking for a Type II Diabetes doctor in Chicago area or would like more information on diabetes reversal solutions please visit http://www.greaterchicagofunctionalhealth.com/ or contact Dr. Richard Powell by calling his office, (630) 832-4077.

567 North York Roadthe
Elmhurst, IL 60126



Why You Need to Clean Your Gut Now

I read this article this morning and was happy to learn that yet another person – a functional medicine doctor – was also able to reverse her autoimmune issues by treating the gut.

I’m happy to report that it has now been 2 1/2 years since I went through my treatment to reverse my autoimmune diseases and am still feeling normal!  Even my rheumatologist on my last visit told his doctor in training (shadowing him) that I somehow cured my Lupus.

Just remember, the key to this is getting a great gastroenterologist and a great functional medicine doctor (an M.D.) to help you reverse your autoimmune disease.  They will help you medically treat your intestinal tract and balance your immune system, and help you along with changing your diet to reduce the inflammation and let your system heal.


May is Lupus Awareness Month – I dare say Lupus CURE Awareness Month

This month is usually reserved in the autoimmune community to create awareness about lupus. The hope is to let people know it exists, how serious it is and to get people to help in the effort to cure lupus.

I’d like to say, there already is a possible cure – since I’ve done it myself! The cure seems to simple, but it’s true:

Get the intestinal tract balanced and eat a more plant-based diet.

Therefore I want to make people aware that the possibility of reversing lupus and other autoimmune conditions can and does exist.  It may not work in every case, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

May should be Lupus CURE Awareness Month!

IMPLORE YOU to read my blog.  I was diagnosed with SLE and RA (among other autoimmune issues) in 2003.  It was the lupus that was primarily active.  I was almost bedridden and was on many medications with a specialist for almost everything you could think of.  In great pain and agony.  I didn’t think  I’d make it to 30.

But thank God (yes, literally) that I had a pre-med background and education in DNA and was great at medical research.  I just couldn’t accept that my lupus was incurable.  I finally found information that eating a more “vegetarian” diet could help ease symptoms.  I started doing that in 2007.  It helped some, but not a lot.

But then I found the key that unlocked the big door blocking me from my cure – intestinal flora imbalance.  Once I learned I had SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and systemic yeast overgrowth (which caused leaky gut – and THAT is what really makes someone start becoming autoimmune), I could then get treated for those by my gastroenterologist and my functional medicine doctors (yes, both traditional M.D.’s).

After starting treatment, within the first week, my ANA went from 1:1280 to 1:320!!!  I was having no joint pain and didn’t need my meds.  I haven’t looked back since!  Haven’t had to go back on meds in the 2 1/2 years since then and am still feeling NORMAL.

There is hope.  I know you must feel terrible.  And the meds may help you function, but they make you feel terrible too.  And despite the meds, you’re STILL in pain.  I know, I was there.  All I’m asking is for you to find a great functional medicine doctor, get tested for things like systemic yeast overgrowth, SIBO, H. pylori and other BAD intestinal flora that shouldn’t be present.  Treat those infections, take the right probiotics and have the right diet (all of the specifics of this should be laid out by your functional medicine doctor) and you too may find the possibility of a life free from the bondage of autoimmune disease.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Spread the word – Make this Lupus CURE Awareness Month!

How is Functional Medicine Different than Conventional Medicine?

Institute for Functional Medicine Vice Chair Mark Hyman, MD explains the difference between conventional medicine and functional medicine, using the example from his own practice of a young girl with severe autoimmune disease. While the conventional medicine approach suppresses the inflammation in this patient, functional medicine asks and addresses the question of why the inflammation exists in the first place and looks at the scientific drivers (causes) of the disease, which include toxins, infections, allergens, stress and poor diet. Copyright IFM 2010.