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Kalish Method and Functional Medicine - tested by the Mayo Clinic

Functional Medicine is a systems approach to chronic illness. Focusing on restoring optimal function to these different body systems results in positive effects on our health. Functional medicine practitioners address the whole person rather than just his or her symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners include chiropractors, osteopaths, doctors of oriental medicine, medical doctors, dentists and podiatrists as well as nurse practitioners, physical therapists, physician assistants and mental health professionals. Dr. Robert Richart is a chiropractic physician and does not provide medical services. He is not a medical doctor.

Chiropractic physician Daniel Kalish is a pioneer in the development of functional medicine. A noted author and educator he has developed his own model of functional medicine called the Kalish Method. It emphasizes modern scientific lab testing with natural medicine. Combining individualized lab based supplement programs with diet and simple lifestyle changes, thousands of patients have reclaimed their health. By restoring optimal function to the hormonal, digestive and detoxification systems of the body positive effects occur in the areas of stress, fatigue, energy, digestive issues and quality of life.

Physicians who have been trained by Dr. Kalish include Dr. Joe Mercola and doctors from the prestigious Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Kalish's method focuses on what he calls the big five disorders; fatigue, depression, digestive problems, weight gain and hormone imbalances. Functional medicine uses lab-based natural health programs and lifestyle changes to reverse all of the big five disorders.

Functional lab tests are different than conventional lab testing. Conventional lab tests confirm disease after it already has happened. Functional lab testing is designed to find health problems in the earliest stages so that they can be reversed without drugs or surgery using natural therapies instead.

We are our own worst enemy. The Standard American Diet, also known as the SAD diet is deficient in vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Our water contains numerous pathogens and the air that we breathe is polluted by more chemicals every year. We don't find time to exercise or support our spiritual health. Technology has made it so that we are continuously connected to our jobs. Long term stress and the effects of it eventually lead us to poor health.

Our current healthcare system does not allow the physician the time to adequately treat the patient. Many physicians only have time to explore the symptoms that a patient presents with but not the underlying cause. Most healthcare is symptom driven. While the symptom may be masked the root problem remains and the body continues to breakdown eventually leading to disease.

Using the Kalish Method Dr. Richart will assist you in regaining your health. While every person is unique the breakdown of our health is more predictable. While there are variations from patient to patient  in terms of symptomotology the underlying problems within the body systems are similar. And they all ususally start with one common trigger.

That trigger is stress. Within one year of being under intense emotional stress the body responds to that stress by increasing cortisol. Cortisol is produced by your adrenal glands which are located just above your kidneys. When stress increases and cortisol initially goes up the digestive sysytem can be adversely affected.

The digestive system may become overburdened. Higher levels of toxins and allergens are absorbed throough the gastric mucosa. Poor absorption of nutrients leads to food allergies and malabsorption. The balance of beneficial and non beneficial bacteria in the gut may affected and a condition called dysbiosis occurs. Eventually these toxins end up in the liver and it becomes overburdened, unable to remove the accumulation of toxins and the system breaks down and you feel lousy. We become fat, fatigued, depressed and exhausted with hormone issues.

Using lab tests Dr. Richart identifies the damage caused by unrelenting stress in our lives and designs a program to aid in restoring  his patients health.

In 2016, in the journal ComplimentaryTherapies in Clinical Practice, the results of a study performed by the Mayo Clinic with Dr. Daniel Kalish using the Kalish Method on a group of women suffering from fatigue, stress and digestive issues were published. Dr. Richart follows the same and similar protocols used in the study in his treatment of patients. To receive a copy of the study please contact Dr. Richart's office.

In 2017 Dr. Richart found himself suffering the effects of chronic stress in his own life. Suffering from fatigue, weight gain, exhaustion and digestive symptoms including heartburn he found that the solutions offered by conventional medicine involved medications that would only treat his symptoms. He has personally experienced the positive effects of functional medicine and the Kalish Method. It is this experience that fuels his passion for helping people regain their health through functional medicine.