When an illness becomes chronic, it begins to impact all of the body’s systems. Chronic pain wears on the body and mind, while worry about what the future holds adds additional stress. Some systems overcompensate while others may begin to shut down. Focusing solely on treating the symptoms may mask the root cause of these reactions. Functional medicine delves deeper into the root causes of disease, strengthens the body’s natural restorative ability, and provides new hope for those suffering from chronic illness by:


Spending time getting to know as much as possible about the patient is at the core of functional medicine. Understanding your unique lifestyle factors, environment, and genetic makeup is essential to guiding a meaningful change for long-term health.

Before recommending medication, nutritional treatment, physical therapy, or lifestyle changes, your functional medicine specialist will want to know about your:

  • Home and work environments
  • Pain, discomfort, and less obvious symptoms
  • Genetic background
  • Family history
  • Activity level
  • Relationships
  • Eating habits
  • Stressors and past trauma
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Anything else impacting your wellbeing

With this in-depth knowledge of you as an individual, your practitioner can begin to see the big picture and interpret how the interactions between your genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors are creating your symptoms. Curing chr



Acute medical care is an important safeguard against physical trauma and infection. In the early 1900s, the top three causes of death in the United States were tuberculosis, typhoid, and pneumonia. Due to the severity of these diseases and their symptoms, doctors rushed to find the right medications treat these acute infectious diseases.

While this focus on quickly categorizing symptoms and matching them to a drug still continues in Western medicine today, functional medicine takes a different approach. Using the full spectrum of modern technology and ancient practices, these doctors look deeper to track down the root cause of the system dysfunction that is producing the symptoms.

Considering both internal and external factors provides the clues necessary to determine the root causes of:

  • Arthritis
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Crohn’s disease and IBS
  • Sciatica and other nerve pain
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain and fatigue
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Dementia
  • Depression and anxiety

What Are the Causes of Chronic Disease?

Every patient can experience a unique combination of causes which contribute to their illness, possibly including:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Chronic inflammatory responses
  • Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological issues
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Structural abnormalities
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Toxic levels of emotional stress


Following a successful targeted cleanse or full body detoxification, you will feel lighter, healthier, and fully energized. You may be inspired to embrace a new way of living which lessens the chemical and inflammatory stresses on your body and focuses on functional wellness.

Scheduling a cleansing and detoxification at Pollack Wellness Institute will promote healing from many chronic health issues and can even jumpstart your weight loss program! Reach out to us in Commack or Plainview for more information on the right approach to your own optimal health program.


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