2.inddIn April I had the great opportunity and privilege to interview non other than Dr Jeff Bland, the founder of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Everyone suffering a chronic illness including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME would benefit from understanding the principles laid out in Dr Bland’s accessible new book The Disease Delusion. For practitioners, whether you originally trained in conventional healthcare, or started your career with alternative and complementary methods from the outset, everybody has something to gain from truly understanding the principles and key messages from the functional medicine “movement.”

Dr Jeff Bland was the first to connect all the dots and articulate what amounts to no less than a paradigm shift in conceptual understanding about health and disease.

The Death of the Protocol

If you are still working with the idea that fixed protocols of treatment exist for different disease states and symptoms, whether you are using non-drug natural approaches such as herbs or dietary supplements, in truth you are still thinking in allopathic terms and have not fully embraced personalized medicine and systems biology approaches. These basic principles represent state-of –the art in conceptual thinking about solutions to human health – if we want to do the best for our patients, we need to change ourselves first, and it starts with how we think.

The Disease Delusion brings together the major principles first laid out in the Institute for Functional Medicine Textbook in a more palatable up-to-date format for a wider audience. If the size of that text-book originally put you off, or you haven’t quite looked closely enough and embraced what functional medicine is all about, take a read, you wont be disappointed.

Key Principles from “The Disease Delusion”

Our health is not predetermined by our genes

Chronic Illness is result of an imbalance in one or more of the core physiological processes

The absence of illness does not necessarily equate to the presence of health

Each person’s physiological response to lifestyle, dietary, and environmental factors is unique to his or her own genetic makeup

Drugs effective for the management of acute disease may be inappropriate for the long-term management of chronic illness

For effective treatment of chronic illness, individuals must engage continually in different approaches to his or her health

The individual knows the most about his or her own condition and about the effects of certain therapies and must apply that knowledge

To achieve success, the individual and the individual’s health professionals must share knowledge and divide authority

There is no complete cure for chronic illness unless the cause of the individual’s own disease is discovered and successfully managed; individualized management over time is essential



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