16 Feb The modern way of treating Chronic Diseases
A Chronic disease is defined as a disease of prolonged duration (more than three months), often not retreating from the body itself, and rarely being able to be completely cured. Chronic Diseases are complex and vary when it comes to their nature, how they are caused, and the extent of their impact on the community. Some chronic conditions lead to premature death, while at the same time others contribute more to the disability of the individual. In any case, however, it is a fact that they degrade the patients’ quality of life.
The Common Characteristics of Chronic Diseases include:
complex causality, with multiple factors leading to their appearance
a long period of development without necessarily the appearance of symptoms
a prolonged course of the disease, which can lead to further health complications
possible functional impairment or disability of the individual Chronic diseases include hematologic diseases, respiratory diseases, circulatory diseases, dermatological diseases, mental disorders, nephrologic as well as oncological diseases.
According to the European Commission, serious and chronic diseases( diseases affecting at least 50 people per 100,000) are responsible for 87% of the deaths in the EU for 2009, statistically indicating how the problem is growing year after year.
The Causes of Chronic Diseases
Sedentary life, deficient micronutrients derived from over-processed foods, toxins contained in foods of animal and vegetable origin, water polluted from toxins, inappropriate and unnecessary use of drugs, and the contaminated environment in general, pose the human organism at risk.
In particular, the above mentioned factors are stressful parameters for the structural and biochemical integrity of the cells and therefore the tissues and organ systems that comprise our body.
This continuous state of alarm can lead to the depletion of essential enzymes necessary to carry out biochemical functions, reduction of hormone synthesis, reduced energy production, visceral and silent inflammations, reduced body defenses, premature cell death, gene mutation, and damage to the cellular apoptosis mechanism (programmed cell death).
All of the above processes are the factors that slowly and silently build the structure of chronic diseases.
When a chronic disease finally manifests, we know that the biochemical balance is disturbed and that the human organism has exceeded its limits of self-correction.The ability to repair injuries caused naturally has declined, resulting to the onset of Chronic or Autoimmune Diseases.
The ability to repair injuries caused naturally has declined, resulting to the onset of Chronic or Autoimmune Diseases.
It is also very common for patients to have more than one Chronic or Αutoimmune Diseases at the same time, and it is also rather common to follow a different treatment plan for each of these diseases, although the real causes (although well hidden) of the diseases may be the same.
Effective Treatment of Chronic Diseases
When dealing with chronic diseases, it is important to focus not only on people who are already ill, but also on those who have manifested any disease. Besides, as already mentioned, many mechanisms are implicated and affected until a chronic condition occurs, therefore the necessary preventive control is required.
In order to rationally deal with chronic diseases, the real causes must be discovered.
In particular, medical practices with pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical preparations, which deal with the symptoms rather than the disease, are the most widespread and most ineffective. Patients for the whole of their lives handle the issue of cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, etc., but they never recover and their health has a steadily declining course. Over the years, new Chronic Diseases are usually added, which in turn burden the patient.
So, looking for the causes of Disease, we cannot limit ourselves to measuring the arterial pressure and having general blood tests. The depth and the information offered are incomplete and in this way we only see the occurrence of a disease or symptom.
Instead, there are specialized diagnostic tests that identify the real causes of diseases, i.e. tests that investigate mechanisms at a cellular level, such as specific metabolic pathways and deficiencies on a molecular level.
This approach is complemented by filling in an extensive Medical History Questionnaire that examines a number of epigenetic factors that can affect the homeostasis of the organism.
The information from the patient’s Medical History and all the diagnostic tests, enable the Health Specialists to intervene in a precise manner through strictly personalized therapeutic plans and gradually treat the real causes of disease and thus reverse many Chronic illnesses (such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Increased Cholesterol Levels, Thyroid Gland disorders).
The etiological approach to chronic diseases are medical protocols, based onmulti-nutrient formulas and natural (biomimetic) hormones, aimed at removing toxic factors, inhibiting pathogenic mechanisms, removing diseased cells, reducing inflammation, compensating for nutritional deficiencies, restoring hormonal homeostasis and assisting cellular growth and regeneration.
By applying these protocols as well as with proper nutritional advice and instructions in general about the patient’s lifestyle, a smooth and balanced physical function can gradually be achieved.
I wish all the best
Dr. Nikoleta Koini, M.D.
Doctor of Functional, Preventive, Anti-ageing and Restorative Medicine.
Diplomate and Board Certified in Anti-aging, Preventive, Functional and Regenerative Medicine from A4M (American Academy in Antiaging Medicine).