Dr. Rutherford has decided to start a series on Functional Medicine going over the fundamental ideas and in his opinion what is needed in order to have a successful outcome with treatment. This video gives an overview of the series and setup for our video next week on Obstacles to Cure.
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Talking to you, we we just did a video. I don’t, know four or five six weeks ago, something like that and it was called Wacom Bowl, medicine versus functional medicine, whack-a-mole, medicine versus functional medicine.
And if this is what I’m about to talk about over the next couple of minutes interests, you, I would suggest you go to power. Health talk comm and look that up because it’s, going to be kind of an enhancement of what I what I say right now and and kind of give you a better explanation.
I’ve, been thinking about this. A lot and a functional medicine has changed a lot over the last twelve years and and the patients are coming in are different. They’re, more well educated. They’re already trying a lot of things.
We have probably five or six or seven hundred hours online already and in the whole the whole point of that, and that data is, if you have Hashimoto’s. If you have fibromyalgia, if you have preferably chronic fatigue, polycystic ovarian syndrome, dizziness vertigo about some chronic problem to help you to understand what that chronic problem is kind of the science behind what is is causing it and giving you answers, because the average person that comes In here, by the time they get here, they still have any answers.
I had a person come in here the other day and they have severe balance problems and they ‘ Ve been one of the westcoast now, so these are some of the prominent facilities. They’ve, been to University Utah Research Center.
They’ve, been the UCSF University of San Francisco. They’ve, been to Stanford, they’ve been to neurologists and and and they everything was normal. Nothing was wrong. This lady couldn’t even stand up since 2014.
Megan long story short it turned out that she had a it looks like a cerebellar. Ataxia is what it’s called. You can look that up online and after one visit she was doing a lot better. The point of that is, we are still getting that we’re still getting the person who comes in here and and after going through everything, doesn’t understand why they don’t know what’s, going On why didn’t the doctor? In fact, I could go over like several cases.
I’ve, seen in the last two weeks. Why did the doctor tell me why didn’t they know, so those videos are all about that. Those videos are all about that, and and in its interest thing you, we put a lot of time and effort into those videos and research and, and we get the comment of like well.
Okay, you guys are telling us all that. But how come you’re, not telling us how to get better on our own? You’re. Holding that back you’re. Not you’re, not you’re, not telling us like you know. You just want us to come to you and you don’t, so so you know I hurt my feelings and and and and and and the reality is this is that we can’t this year is gonna.
Be about that. This year’s, gonna be about why we couldn’t in the just generally broad spectrum. Lis say here’s. What you need to do four or five of my object here’s. What you need for your polycystic ovarian syndrome here’s, what you need to do, for you know chronic fatigue, etc.
So, and I thought a good way of doing about it, I mean we ‘ Ve spent a lot of time here years. Putting together a really solid classic classic functional medicine and practice, and we also practice functional neurology, which is an asset because the brain is now exploding in it.
Then, in the matter that people are understanding that the brain has a lot to do with a lot of things they’re now calling irritable, bowel syndrome, irritable brain syndrome, most people don’t realize how much their brain has to do With dampening mewn responses, and so it’s a big deal, so we we’ve.
We’ve, crafted a functional medicine practice that that heavily uses, functional neurology procedures and and and and that’s. What we do in in it, but but they meld together in an organized form, to address chronic problems.
So I so I thought the best way to answer those of you who said well tell us how to get better and and and and and from from my side, to at least in many cases answer why we can’t tell you how to Get better completely in this venue.
Okay was just to walk you through what a classic functional medicine practice should look like, and I’m, not saying that, because this is what I think it should look like. I have my notes in front of me here.
These are my notes and I have lots of notes. I have a notebook that you don’t see here that’s. This thick actually have many notebooks here that are that thick. But these are my notes. These are the notes that I’ve, taken from attending classes, with literally the guys who started functional medicine, the top some of the top functional medicine researchers in the world and the end, and they teach classic functional medicine.
What does that mean? Classic functional mess, it means there’s. It means there’s, a way to do it, and and and and so there’s a there’s, a way to proceed. There’s, an organization there’s, certain foundational things that need to be done before your supplements work.
There’s certain foundation, so you’re online and you’re and you’re. You know you’re online. Idolator came in here the other day and she has. She had a. She had. A condition I looked at her history, she’s, taking like 15 supplement and they’re.
All supplements that I would potentially use in her case, but she’s here and and it’s, not working for so my brains already going okay. When we get into this – and I start wanting to use a supplement – I’m gonna – have to answer to her.
Why I’m already, taking that something one getting better. We’re, going to answer those questions this year and we’re going to do it in a very organized fashion. The answer to that one is one whole presentation in and of itself, and we’re going to do that presentation when the time comes.
So what we’re going to do. Is we’re gonna walk you through functional medicine, an awful lot of people who do functional medicine out there, don’t do an exam. Now they’re gonna tell you! Well, I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Well, these guys, who have put it they are going to tell you you need to do an exam. I just was to a seminar a month ago and and in the doctor who was presenting it, it was on it was on endocrinology, it was on PCOS and and in in in polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility and ventricle problems, and all you know heavy bleeding.
All that type of stuff he spends he spends. He is the best friend of the person who probably I give credit for a starting functional medicine, or you haven’t. You know it, and – and both of those will tell you they spend an hour to an hour and a half just interviewing the patient.
We use an 18 page history, so today, okay and so do many of the classic luminaries in this field, because this is how you’re, going to get the results and just to go online and take supplements without getting the foundation under control.
That’s, going to allow you to first of all know where those supplements are even good supplements and then, secondly, are they getting into your system or they get in Magoo’s orb if they’re, not getting into Your system is it because you’re, not absorbing him.
Is it because of other foundational things that needs to be done so that they work? We’re gonna walk through all that that is the beginning of functional medicine. Before you really before you even getting into practice functional medicine, which is looking at the person’s, entire physiology, it’s about vicious cycles.
It’s about getting systems to synchronize it’s about getting your whole system in the omiyo stasis, no matter what you come in with, if, before you get into doing that, there’s about six other things that you Really need to do to make that sing in our office.
We literally have three doctors working on every in office case, and we have one doctor that just does the foundational stuff it relative to diet relative to blood sugar relative to oxygenation the things of that nature.
That are that are profound, and I’ve. Seen III Drive again just saw one. Yesterday I had a doctor who sent me a case and it was a Lyme casein and he wanted me to reevaluate it for him, and this person had already gone to a lion.
Tiger was pages and pages and pages and pages of what looked to me like standard eye stuff and some of the foundational things were in there. But there were just like all thrown in together and and and that’s, not how it works, and that’s, not how that’s, not how your physiology works and functional medicine is getting your physiology to work.
So so we’re gonna go through that it’s, gonna be very organized, so maybe we ‘ Ll start you! Well, we won’t make it. We’ll, probably start off with what it, what a history should look like and and and certain specific things I’ll.
Probably just have my history form here: walk through it with you and literally tell you what I get out of each particular area that form and then we’ll, probably go through and examine. We won’t, go through a whole exam because our exams about an hour and a half long and but but there are certain specifics in exam that you just can’t get without getting to an exam.
And there are things that you don’t particularly pick up on blood panels or even MRIs or cat scans or MRIs, or EEG s or NCBS or any of that type of stuff, and it usually blows our patient’s. Mind, usually by the time we’re done at the end, the exam think like oh, my god, that makes so much sense.
I get it that that you know with, and we ‘ Ll probably show you some of the say. Some of the more relevant exam findings that you should use to check yourself and and when we show you these most of these, you’re gonna be able to do at home and they’ll point you in the right direction And they may not, you may not be able to fix that particular thing, but the point you want to right there they’ll, give you some answers and you’ll, see how the history name give us answers, then, after that you Should do testing we’ll talk about testing there.
I am as a sheet of tests than I mean. I can actually show you the sheet, but but but I don’t use that sheet on everybody and I’ll. Do the same testing whenever I have literally two tests, I do on everybody and I’ll talk to you about about what they are when we get to that point in because you’re gonna, because if you, if you determine To follow this, you’re gonna see the organization of what a functional medicine approach should look like me, and and and and our results are consistently consistently successful.
We don’t have a lot of failed cases. Okay and sometimes it’s, because we don’t take cases that we believe we’re, not going to be able to help in the beginning and and and sometimes we recognize what are called obstacles to cure before we Even start and every functional medicine practitioner, shouldn’t, do that and I Ord lino any that do we’re gonna talk about that? Okay, but a big part of it is we don’t miss things, because we follow an organized procedure that allows us to hit everything we need to hit, but also to understand specifically that patient’s needs.
Then we’ll move into treatment, and there is a there is a relative, a relative organization to how you attack chronic conditions. Our Pat our our practice is the practice of every symptom that everybody could possibly imagine that the mystery symptoms and, and and and and chronic pain and people who’ve, gone and and and and been to all these different places.
And then they end up here. If a person comes here first, I almost um I don’t. You want to see him. I want to do everything else, because maybe I’ll, get better doing that, rather than have to go through what I’m, going to put them through, and then we walk through, that we walk and – and that is comprehensive.
Now, along the way, what we want to do is what you want us to do. We want we want to do is what you want to do. We’re, going to walk through the organization in which you should attack your system in general.
We’re gonna walk through that, okay and and – and we might have videos we might have before afters. We might not. We might do case studies – I get new cases every week. Some of them are gonna light me up and go ooh.
We should use this one at that particular time and we’ll use them. We had some cool before-and-afters on the patient that I talked about just before. Maybe we will use those, but we’ll. Do what we? What I have seen to be interesting to the patients who come in here the things that have created the AHA, meaning that things that have created the understandings, because a good functional medicine practitioner when you’re done they don’t want You being codependent with them, they want you to so precisely understand your physiology.
What you need to do with as few supplements and as few drugs and as and and and it was precise, a diet and is exact food sensitivities, which is a whole area of itself. As possible and we’re gonna walk through that step by step by step, we’re gonna we’re going to talk about the organization of it.
We’re gonna talk about how some things can sabotage other things. If you don’t, do it in the right order. We’re going to talk about supplements. I use something that’s all day. Long it’s like it’s, an art and my supplements are not inexpensive and the reason they’re.
Not expensive is because they are nutraceutical pharmaceuticals, their pristine. They are pure, they work, nobody takes our supplements and goes. I don’t know if they’re working or not, they either feel better or they feel worse, and that tells us what we need to be doing.
So we will do a whole area on supplementation and and we’ll. Take the bullets there from all the people who are selling all the great supplements out there and and stuff like that. But – and there are a lot of great supplements out there, but there are a lot of not great supplements out there.
A lot more, not great supplements than great sums, and we’ll. Go into that and then we’ll kind of go into, so we’ll walk through the treatments we’ll answer all those questions and we will take questions from you along the way.
Now that doesn’t mean we’re, going to answer all your questions. Okay, what it does mean is we will look at those questions and the ones that are applicable at certain parts along the way that are going to be representative to a broad spectrum of people will be.
We’ll, be answering those because we want to do what you want to hear this. Is I’ve been look. I’ve, been in practice a long time this my 39th year in practice here in Reno, and I was in practice back in New Jersey before I got here.
Don’t, threw things at the camera and and and and then before, that you know you go to school for several years and and and and so I’ve been in this a long time, and this is the thing right now. This is really where medicine should be.
We have a medical profession that is mind-bogglingly monolithic and just like. No, that test, doesn’t say this, so we’re, not going to do that. The test says this: I’m going to do that. I know you. Don’t feel better, but then the test is normal and I am NOT anti medicine.
Those of you who watch me. No, I’m. Not I work with medical doctors. I have a very good relationship with the medical doctors that I work with, but there’s a place for medicine and you can watch the whack-a-mole video that I went referred to earlier and there’s.
A place for functional medicine and I’ll. I’ll. Tell you when that is, and I’ll walk you through how to know, and that is so the never medicine or the never drug er. I’m, never going to take a thyroid medication.
In my whole life. They may not be a good patient here, depending on their history and and and the potential for them getting off thyroid medication, but we may get them to the point where they’re, actually get their thyroid medication right and use it properly, and price 60, 70 percent of our patients, don’t need thyroid medication when they come in here for a thyroid problem.
We’ll, explain all of that. Okay, so it’s. Gon na be a flow of of me. Sharing with you all the things that I’ve had to learn to get successful outcomes with patients, and if I didn’t say it’s already earlier.
In this I mean I just I just had a couple of Wow’s in the last week, a couple of like light bulbs going on my head in a couple of really tough cases that we had that we were able to move from life’s a point.
You know C, to point B on the way to point a where we were stuck, and it was just like. How did I not know that before so when you’re, when you’re an in on two trenches, I mean we, we guys in the trenches.
We have kind of a attitude it’s like you, you listen to these studies online and then and then you say that study is wrong, because that study, didn’t. It didn’t cover this. It didn’t control for that, and then you will were you know better than Harvard and study of 150 million dollars and go yeah, because we’ve had 40,000 patients walk through this clinic and we’ve.
Seen a lot and y know when I look on Wikipedia – and it tells me that these supplements that I’m used in or these herbs that I’m using fresh for her for anxiety. You don’t work and I’m, seeing them work every day.
I know that’s wrong, so so those of us were in the trenches we have. I think we have a little bit more of a feel for this. We’re, the ones who are on the line we’re, the ones who are like the patient comes in.
They got to get better. I don’t, know about it most doctors, but I’m, like get stressed if the patient’s not doing as well as I’d like them to be doing, and I think most doctors do. You know so we’re gonna share that with you over that over the over the next period of time it’s, and and and there’s so much, and I think that’s.
What you’re, going to come to understand. There are so many nuances to taking a person who is ill and taking them from ill stopping that downward progress, that they’ve, been experiencing forever or getting them off of that hump, because today a lot of people are coming in.
They’ve, already been on the diets they ‘ Ve tried the multiple diets they’ve, tried supplements and a lot of them. Maybe they got off a gluten and whatever it was, and a lot of them have have stopped.
The downward progress, or at least slowed it down tremendously or even reverse them, but now they’re, stuck that’s, a that’s, a new evolution in my practice like 12 years ago. Nobody knew anything about anything.
I’ve, told me get off of gluten. They would start like get up and walk out. Well, I’m, not giving up my pizza and my vodka and my this and my that so so. So we’re, going to go through all of that and – and I and I think you’re gonna, find the complexities and and and I think you’re gonna understand them, and some of you are gon Na in this series are gonna, you know what I think, if I do, that it’s.
Gon na help me because I’ve already done this, that’s and that’s. What he said, or you’re gonna go well. I haven’t done this this and this maybe I’ll. Try that do it on my own and I’m good with that look.
They’re, saying that there’s, gonna be a hundred and sixty million chronic pain patients in this country by 2020, and if my watch is right, this just turned into 2019. We’re talking over half our half of the population in this country, so no doctor should be holding anything back because there’s, not gonna be any short of business for him.
If that’s, what they’re worried about and and to me, I’m in the end of my career here. Maybe I’m, not at the end of my career. I don’t know I’ll, probably be here ten piers from saying I’m at the end of my career, but but you know you want to share and, and you’d like to see people, You know maybe live a little bit better life, and and for those of you who you know who aren’t doing well, then, who knows? Maybe you’ll show up my office one day and maybe well and and but at least I would have an educated patient because it’s harder.
Today it’s, actually harder that people know more to get people well because them, because people think they’re educated because they’ve read some stuff online. They don’t. Maybe I don’t realize they don’t have a background that to completely understand what what you know, what they’ve learned or what they didn’t learn.
So it’s a little harder today I almost left like deprogram people, so people watch stuff like this. It would make them a much better patient, but in the end this just feels like a fun thing to do. I would enjoy it.
I’ve been asked to do it. I know I know a lot of the people who are viewers are going to like this because they really were the generator of me doing this and I wanted to get back online and and and and this seemed like a fun way to do it.
So if you have questions yeah, you know I would I would wait. You know I you. Maybe you got some questions right now and you would send us wewe that we are going to we’re, going to be guided by the interests of the viewer to to a degree and and they’re gonna tell us where You guys want to go so you feel free to to.
Let us know what you want to do and then we’re gonna start this we’re. Probably I don’t know right now. We’re talking about maybe doing it on a regular basis. Maybe on a Friday I don’t know what our schedule is going to be before we were doing everything on a Tuesday morning.
So we’re gonna be way, and we may morph into a couple of other things here. Maybe some clinical pearls, maybe we’ll, do some case studies. Those are kind of fun for you to understand how we think, through a fibromyalgia case and actual case study, like the one I just talked about, is actually a mind-blowing, a mind-blowing case of this lady, who’s.
Who has had this horrendous balance problem for since 2014 and and and and she’s? Gon na do well yeah, maybe walk you through a case like that. Maybe cases that are representative of wide swaths of our patient base of a PCO case of fibromyalgia case, but we’ll.
Do it within the context of of this or we may develop, maybe another flow where we do that separately, but we’re gonna educate this year is going to be education and and we’ll, see where that takes us, and I think you’re really going to enjoy it.
I know I know basically what we’re gonna be sharing with you is what we do here in the office and patients just really. I think I think it’s. The one thing that patients tell us sets us apart. Our true goal is to not have you to be codependent on us.
While we’re done, we take, we have three doctors like I said we have one doctor that spends time with the patient. I kind of run the cake. The cases we have one doctor who does our functional neurology, we’re all educators.
We don’t want you taking a supplement unless you understand exactly why you’re, taking it. What its gonna do someone so forth, and I’m not supposed to bang the desk like that, so I just saw my producer put his head down like this.
Oh, so I so so anyway, so that I that’s, where we’re going, I think I ‘ Ll wrap it up with that and before I start banging, is this too much more cuz? I get a little fired up over this stuff and I think it’s.
Gon na be fun. I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s. Gon na go over very well and and and I’m – really looking forward to seeing if that’s the case, and so so, starting probably next week we’ll. We’ll start on this flow and and it’s, gonna be kind of it’s.
It’s, gonna be kind of an amorphous, amoeba type animal that may you know, may change through the year, but it’s going to change depending on the feedback that we get from you. So look at look watch that video.
I I don’t normally watch my own videos ever, but I was convinced to by my wife to go back and watch the video that I did on whack-a-mole chiropractic and it really is kind of a take. It is really kind of with this.
Together with what we just did it’s, really kind of a massive intro to what this year is going to look like, and I think it would be information if this is thing sounds like it’s. Gon na be like interesting to you that’ll, be interesting to you, and let me let me know what your thoughts are on that too.
So hopefully I’ll, see you next week and and and we’ll – be adding a piece to the puzzle each weekend and – and I’m looking forward to doing this again. So thanks for watching – and I will see you next week – you