Deborah Z. Bain, M.D., FAAP, ABIHM, IFMCP
Previously a board-certified pediatrician for 20 years, Dr. Deborah Bain’s approach now looks much different as a certified functional medicine practitioner. She says, “In medical school, we were taught to diagnose and treat with medications, surgeries, therapies etc. This approach was focused on management of the disease state, not focused on restoring health. I sought out additional training in functional medicine because of my own health battles, including nine neck and back surgeries, plus breast cancer in my 30s.”
She shared her experiences of being a patient in the very medical system she served and her journey to find real health that ultimately shaped her new focus in the book How a Chiropractor Saved My Life.
Bain says that she focuses on finding the root of the problem, fixing the underlying imbalances restoring health and avoiding the inevitable progression to disease through lifestyle changes and nutrition. One of the most telling moments for her as a functional medicine practitioner was when she compared her post-chemotherapy, post-cancer nutrient profile labs with other children she cared for that had autism, severe eczema, failure to thrive and autoimmune disease. She could not tell her own lab results from any of the kids with chronic disease.
Her intention became, “If I could get well after cancer with attention to nutrients, detoxification and diet, than I can also reverse some of the most chronic diseases in childhood and get these kids on the way to health without the use of medications.”
Bain says, “The body gives you warning signs way before disease can be diagnosed, and often it is too late to reverse all the damage. I have seen too many kids diagnosed with severe chronic and life-threatening illnesses that have required these poor, innocent children to suffer and endure endless procedures, lists of medications and their side effects, all of which could have been avoided if the imbalance was recognized early. The disease did not just appear. It came as a result of a predictable pattern of breakdown with a predictable outcome.”
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