(This post was previously published on my old website April 2019. Updated September 2019)
This is how a conversation with me goes. “Dr. Kar, I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis by my Neurologist ……..at (name of some well-known hospital ) and I have been recommended ……….(name of medicine). I have researched on the internet and found out that MS is not curable and I will need long-term treatment. I have profound fatigue and my doctor says that is a part of my disease and nothing much can be done about it. However, I also found out that many people have benefited by Functional Medicine treatment. I want to know what else I can do to feel better”.
My perspective is that of a Functional Medicine doctor. My modalities of treatment fall in the category of “what else I can do to feel better”.Can I help you “cure” your disease? It depends on your definition of cure! Can I help you reach NEDA (No Evidence of Disease Activity)? Quite possible! I am not an alternative medicine practitioner. My perspective is that of a practitioner of Western Medicine who uses science to back up recommendations. This goes beyond using ONLY prescription drugs. I am not against the use of prescription drugs, but very often many of you are unable to continue the medications, either because of the cost or because of side effects from the drugs. Or you may have early symptoms that do not justify the use of potentially toxic medicines. In such a situation what else can you do?[Read more…]