In June I’ve met Chris Kresser in Stocholm and asked him a few questions.
Question 3: What is functional medicine really good at? Whom can it help most?
Transcript: Interview with Chris Kresser Q4 Any particular case you remember?
SANDI: You also have your own very busy function medicine practice you’ve seen lots of clients over the years is there any particular one or any particular case you remember most, you won’t forget ever?
CHRIS: Yeah I you know I, I tend to remember the kids most because as a parent myself and someone who cares a lot about kids and future generations it’s it really that moves me when I see kids who are suffering because you know well for all of the obvious reasons I mean one is that kids really have very little control or influence over their environment you know and so whereas adults we have the power to make those choices ourselves kids don’t really have that in most cases and if a kid acquires a disease early in life they’re gonna suffer for their their entire life so many years so it’s really heartbreaking.
I remember one kid who has something that was called it’s called sensory processing disorder and it’s a fairly new diagnosis I’m not sure if it’s even useful but it’s on the autism spectrum so he you know he couldn’t really tolerate physical contact he you know clothing and anything that touched his skin would really bother him a lot so he was very picky about what he wore he had a little bit of obsessive-compulsive disorder as well like so he wouldn’t go to the bathroom outside of the house which meant that his parents had to come pick him up at school and you know like in the middle of the day and bring him home to use the bathroom his…
It was you know really a big problem for his teachers if they were getting ready to go out to dinner or something or leave the house if his shirt was bothering him he would just lie on the floor and be kicking and screaming and you know inconsolable and for you know half hour an hour it would make them late so it was a real problem in their life and you know you went to psychologist psychiatrist conventional doctors and all they had to offer was drugs you know stimulants or antidepressants antipsychotics all the drugs and they tried all of them but though they would help in some ways they would often make other symptoms worse or create new symptoms that weren’t there in the first place and he would become very kind of dead has had no affect he you know would be flat emotionally and they just didn’t like what happened to him on these drugs.
Nobody ever suggested that it could have anything to do with his diet you know food intolerances anything to do with his gut health and we ran a full you know battery of tests as we always do and we found out he was gluten and dairy intolerant found out he had severe fungal overgrowth in his gut and SIBO bacterial overgrowth in his small intestine along with a number of other issues iron deficiency b12 deficiency because of all the problems in his gut so we did a fairly straightforward treatment some botanicals or herbs and supplements for the SIBO and the fungal overgrowth we took him off gluten and dairy and it was in a relatively short period of time maybe three months, he was…
His teacher called his parents up and said I don’t know who this kid is you’re sending to school but it’s not you know it’s not who it was before he used the bathroom for the first time ever at school today and you know his sensory processing disorder almost went away completely and you know his parents were just blown away because and and they were very happy but in some ways upset that nobody had ever even suggested that as a possibility after all those years of suffering so I feel for all the kids that are out there that are going through this who aren’t his parents are not aware of this is a possibility and just hope that we can get this word out to as many people as possible so we can help not only kids but adults who are suffering from these problems.