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A series of writings from me; Sheryl Malin, a passionate person sharing her experience with Functional Medicine. Not just the symptom, but the cause – root of a disease.



How valuable is your health worth? When we get sick we go to the doctor to get fixed up. They ask you how you feel and go by your symptoms. They take tests on you to rule out any issues you may have to find the disease and then treat it with a pill. But do they find out the cause, the root of why you have been feeling the way you do and why the disease is there. No, not normally!

For six years, I have been studying on how I might have ended up with breast cancer and why I chose Functional Medicine. The reasons for my beginning the program which lead me to my journey I am sharing with you.

To explain all of this, I have taken the advice from one of the oldest types of trees, the bristlecone pine. First, we have to understand the growth and why they can live to be over 5000 years old.

We need to use our imagination and explore the branches of this pine tree as the diseases that are diagnosed daily. Each one is treated by our conventional doctors as symptoms and are given medication for treatment. Isn’t this like putting a band aid on a cut? Now, what would you think the oldest pine tree would do? Well, it would talk to its roots and ask what it was lacking.

The branches would ask the tree, is it due to the environment (climate, chemicals, water, lack of sunshine, the soil. All of these situations have something to do with why the pine isn’t growing and is getting sick.

This is much like us, the cause of why we get diseases are much like the pine tree. In order for us to correct the problem we must go deeper into the root, the why. This is Functional Medicine.

Many diseases begin in the gut because of our food. The other reasons which cause our illnesses are the environment (pollution), the food (chemicals, GMO’s processing), water we drink, stress, lack of exercise, and our DNA. In later writings, I will explain all of the above and how we can change our health by changing our lifestyle. Also, how we can alter our DNA to making it be healthy.

Take it from the bristlecone pine the oldest tree in the world, stand tall and proud. Go out on a limb. Remember your roots. Drink plenty of water. Be content with your natural beauty and enjoy the view.

Remember there are no mistakes – just lessons. Trust and love yourself and know that anything is possible.

Coming up – OUR ENVIRONMENT. I was taught by a wise doctor in Mexico that stated to me, “you may not be able to change the environment outside your home, but you can change it within your home”.

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