Sydney CBD Chiropractor and Functional Medicine specialist Dr Adrian Clegg discusses how his integrated approach to the underlying cause of chronic disease can help with conditions ranging from migraine headaches through to weight loss. Drugs and surgery rarely correct the root cause of migraines or weight gain, but they can offer short term results.
In Australia, the medical treatment of migraine focuses on medications. Different classes of drugs are commonly used in the attempt to either prevent migraines or to help with the severity of the symptoms once a migraine has commenced.
Pain relief medications together with drugs which alter blood flow in the brain are often used. Anti-depressant medications are also commonly used to attempt to alleviate symptoms. The constant use of these drugs causes damage via side effects of the medications. Long term use of migraine medications will also act as a trigger in many cases, meaning the drugs which are meant to help, can now be a cause of much suffering.
Before a Migraine Treatment strategy is decided upon Dr Clegg will order varying tests to gather crucial information;
Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder consisting of weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes or insulin resistance and cholesterol and lipid abnormalities. As with migraines, metabolic syndrome has underlying causes which are not best treated with drugs and surgery.
Functional lab tests like the ones I’ve discussed above can pinpoint areas that need to be addressed. Many people who are struggling with weight gain have hormonal imbalances in the adrenal or sex hormones. Adrenal fatigue is a well-known cause of stubborn weight gain. In men weight gain can cause havoc with testosterone levels making it even harder to shed unwanted belly fat and add to dangerous deposits around the liver and other organs.
Many simplistic, over the counter Weight Loss Treatment programs are NOT individually tailored for each unique person’s physiology. This form of weight loss via basic calorific restriction will achieve short term results. In the long-term weight gain will return as severely reducing calories and fasting can cause damage to the hormonal and metabolic systems.
Chronic health conditions such as migraines, weight gain and metabolic syndrome require an integrated strategy and not a “ready, aim, fire” approach that just covers up symptoms without correcting the underlying cause.