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?
Next question: Any particular case you remember?
Transcript: Interview with Chris Kresser Q3 What is functional medicine really good at?
SANDI: What is functional medicine really good at? Whom can it help most?
CHRIS: Really it can help anybody, but I would say people with chronic disease, which unfortunately is half of all people in USA now, one in two Americans now have chronic disease, one in four have more than one chronic disease. And unfortunately it is not just affecting adults now. The number of children with chronic diseases has risen dramatically in recent years. Anybody who is dealing with chronic health problem is really well served by functional medicine.
On the other hand, if I get hit by a bus I probably wanna go to the hospital and conventional medicine really shines in those circumstances, with trauma, acute emergency situations and end of life care conventional medicine is really great and don’t get me wrong it’s led to some incredible achievements, like being able to restore sight to the blind and reattach limbs and maybe in our lifetimes fighting cancer with nano-robots. But that is pretty far on this side of the disease spectrum, like close to death, where as we wanna intervene closer to health, so that we can prevent people from get there in the first place, because what we know, that once someone gets that far along the spectrum, it’s not only a lot more difficult to help him, it’s a lot more costly.
And that’s why we spend so much money, almost 4 trillion dollars in the USA, on health care. Because we are intervening at that far end of the spectrum, in many cases when it is too late.
SANDI: I don’t think it is only the US. It’s the whole modern world.
CHRIS: There is some slight differences certainly between US and other industrialized countries but I agree it’s the paradigm is wrong and that’s as you say all over the western industrialized world.