When your body is exposed to something that is viewed as foreign or potentially damaging, an immune response is triggered. With asthma, the immune system response is to produce mucous in the lungs. An asthmatic’s respiratory tract is sensitive and when their body is under stress the lungs will be where these symptoms show up.

The Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition approach to treating asthma is to first, find out what is causing the immune reaction and remove it from your environment. Sometimes this trigger is something in your body, for example exposure to mold years ago can still cause asthma tendencies today. Second, the function of the body and immune system need to be improved to be stronger than the potential stress the body is under on any given day.

Once the immune triggers are removed and the body is healthier, there are no more asthma symptoms. Easy! Well, maybe not that easy. There are a number of potential asthma triggers stemming from environmental, seasonal, chemical, accumulative exposures, sub-clinical food sensitivities and even emotional, genetic or neurological origins. Dr. Shaw specializes in working with the functional changes in your body to correct the cause of the symptoms and remove the presence disease.

In working with a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Clinical nutritionist you will hear the word “functional” quite a bit. What we are referring to is that not all problems show up in your blood work, and there may be a more subtle change in your system that is not bad enough to raise the red flags for your medical doctor. Asthma is a perfect example.

Most patients who treat in our office for asthma have already worked with an allergist and are using a myriad of medicines to control the symptoms. The Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutritionist approach to correcting asthma will usually stop the need for the medications and restore normal health. This usually starts with addressing the root of the problem, which in many asthmatic cases, is actually the health of the Gastro-inteestinal lining.

It is important to note that when your medical history and health related goals are explored, your consultations are held directly with Dr. Shaw, not an untrained individual, a staff member, a questionnaire or a computer program. You will not be signing up for a “program” and paying money up front for services not yet rendered. Your health care journey in our office is unique to your specific needs.

We look forward to working with you to identify your immune system challenges.— Dr. Conan Shaw  Functional Medicine, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Pittsburgh PA

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