Working for Everyone To Achieve Whole-Body Wellness
By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on March 12, 2015
It has been well documented that we are in the midst of an epidemic of chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and autoimmune diseases. However, the exclusive treatment of the symptoms of chronic diseases, is not a reasonable approach to Whole Body Wellness. That's the bad news. The good news is that many of these diseases are preventable, if only we look to the main causes. Indeed, the key to reducing the incidence of chronic illnesses lies in addressing the dysfunction that arises from genetic susceptibility, environmental exposures and an unhealthy lifestyle.
That's precisely why the California Center of Longevity and Functional Medicine stands as a beacon in the Southern California medical community. Dr. Allen Kurtz knows that in order to achieve Whole Body Wellness, we must first take a look at three triggers for chronic illness, and look at possible ways to prevent them.
Also called Genetic Predisposition, Genetic Susceptibility refers to an increased likelihood of developing a particular disease due to the presence of specific gene mutations, or a family history of a particular disease. If you have a family history of heart disease, for example, Dr. Kurtz will recommend any number of preventative measures, ranging from the addition of nutritional supplements, to a customized diet such as the Mediterranean Diet, along with a clearly designed exercise program which incorporates both aerobic exercise along with resistance training.
According to the World Health Organization, environmentally-triggered diseases also rank as some of the biggest killers. These diseases- which include cardiovascular diseases, cancers, lower respiratory infections, COPD, and others-also happen to have modifiable environmental factors.
For example, lower respiratory infections can be caused by both indoor and outdoor air pollution. COPD may result from harmful fumes and dust at the workplace and in the home. The WHO confirmed in fact that the environmentsignificantly affects more than 80% of these major diseases.
At the California Center of Longevity and Functional Medicine, Dr. Kurtz will gladly work with you to determine an appropriate detoxification program in order to cleanse your system from environmental and lifestyle toxins which may lead to disease.
Unfortunately it is personal habits which often make a person sick. A lack of exercise, poor diet, or indulgence in vices which are proven to cause illness are all contributing factors to the epidemic of chronic illness.
For example, a poor diet has been conclusively linked to diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke and hyperlipidemia. If a poor diet results in obesity the numbers of preventable diseases is multiplied significantly.
With proper nutrition and exercise playing such a vital role in Whole Body Wellness it is perplexing that more doctors don't focus on educating patients on the need for a healthy diet, proper exercise, and elimination of environmental and lifestyle exposures as a way to prevent illness.
Obviously, Whole Body Wellness will begin with the choices you make, but rest assured, Dr. Kurtz will provide all of the nutritional and dietary suggestions you will need in order to begin to transform into your best, healthiest, self yet.
Dr. Allan Kurtz is a Board Certified Internist, specializing in creating optimal health and longevity for his patients. Dr. Kurtz has been in private practice since 1984. He is fellowship trained in Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and The Institute for Functional Medicine.