Fatigue is perhaps the most ubiquitous and non-specific health complaint. Nearly every disease known to man can cause fatigue. This represents a significant challenge to individuals and their health care providers when fatigue is the primary symptom. If further signs and symptoms or laboratory evidence do not shed light on a cause, this can leave both patient and doctor adrift in a sea of potential problems and solutions with no direction to sail. Yet, fatigue can cause a major decrease in quality of life and can be an early sign of serious illness. Fatigue itself will interfere in the practice of healthy behaviors such as exercise, healthy cooking, and social activities and makes navigating life’s inherent day-to-day challenges more difficult if not impossible. Getting to the root of the issue is possible though when the correct tools are utilized.
Fatigue can be divided into a few general categories even though most fatigue involves aspects of multiple categories: insufficient energy production, increased energy expenditure, insufficient sleep, intoxication, infection, organ failure/dysfunction, and altered perception. Standard medical treatment for fatigue is to screen for common markers of disease. If nothing turns up, a doctor may tell you that there is nothing wrong or offer an antidepressant drug, even without further evidence of depression. Well, feeling tired all the time IS something wrong and just because a cursory evaluation did not reveal a cause does not mean it is not. In this scenario, a more thorough investigation is called for, one that analyses the full history of an issue, tests multiple metabolic points of data, and incorporates a holistic approach. Even if such an investigation does not produce a smoking gun, the absence of a diagnosed disease state in no way prevents us from nurturing the many aspects of health. There is always something to be improved and we work with our patients over time to determine what works best for them.
About Our Work:
Dr. Sharp has been on a quest for over forty five years to explore the many approaches to understanding and healing core breakdowns in people’s health. The work of functional medicine is to discover what’s going wrong. Conventional medicine is concerned with making a diagnosis and treating with pharmaceuticals – which often amount to only the treatment of symptoms and not root causes. Our approach with each person that comes to us for help is individualized. We begin with a comprehensive, in-depth medical history reviewing the evolution of each person’s illness. This allows us to recommend a number of diagnostic tests that are rarely performed in mainstream medicine and allow us to identify where the normal physiological processes of the body are breaking down. For individuals with sleep problems, the testing process includes in-depth biochemical and electrophysiological sleep studies at home.
We have built a team of professionals, including a functional medicine physician, a dietitian/nutritionist, and a stress resilience coach. Together and collaboratively, we seek first to understand and address the root causes of illness, including the use of nutraceuticals and botanical supplements rather than prescription medication. For many of our patients, past traumas are playing a role in persistent health problems. Our collective skillset includes help for resolving the impact of past traumas and releasing obstacles to healing.
We focus on the process of true healing. The holistic process means that address every lifestyle element that influences health:
- Diet and correcting nutrient deficiencies,
- Learning and practicing the skills of stress resilience,
- A rational and individualized plan for exercise and fresh air,
- Attention to healthy sleep,
- Elimination of toxins from our immediate environment and from our bodies.
Beyond understanding and addressing the roots of unwellness, we provide active support for building skills and habits for healthy diet and stress resilient lifestyles.
It is our mission to actively support and guide each client in building skills and habits for a healthy and sustainable life for the long run, free from the restrictions that poor health can impose on achieving our most cherished goals.