Dr. Susan Blum, a pioneer in functional medicine, has been treating, healing and preventing chronic diseases for nearly two decades. She has a voluntary faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Founder and Director of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York. She is known for her passion and dedication for identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through the groundbreaking whole body approach known as Functional Medicine.

“There’s a growing epidemic in our country. It doesn’t grab newspaper headlines or make the evening news, but it’s there and it is debilitating and potentially deadly. It is the epidemic of autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are among the most prevalent forms of chronic illness in this country, now affecting an estimated 23.5 million Americans.”

“Autoimmune” represents a category of at least one hundred diseases, not one specific illness. This can be confusing and is probably why many people aren’t familiar with autoimmune diseases or are unsure which illnesses fall into this category. Furthermore, the names of these conditions, which include Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, celiac disease, and multiple sclerosis, among others.”

“It turns out that many autoimmune diseases are set off by similar things, such as gluten, heavy metals, toxins, infections, and stress. The main difference between each disease is that the immune cells target and attack tissue in different parts of the body.”

“Exhaustion and fatigue are the most common complaints that I hear from new patients. Often they have seen many different specialists, trying to identify the cause of their lack of energy and to get treatment that will make them feel better. After finding no relief, many people begin scouring the Internet for ideas and solutions and learn about this condition called adrenal fatigues. And then they come find me, or another functional medicine or integrative medicine practitioner, to help them get diagnosed and treated, because poorly functioning adrenal glands usually are not evaluated by conventional doctors.”

“The phrases “I’m so stressed” and “I’m stressed out” are used like badges of honor, proving that our lives are full and busy. But stress isn’t something to take lightly. Although we refer to stress as an emotion, it’s much more than that. It actually creates a series of physiological events inside your body, and how often these events occur and how long they last have a huge impact on your health, specifically on autoimmune diseases.”