“Grande, Iced, Sugar-Free, Vanilla Latte with Soy Milk” – Is this what your 3pm looks like? It doesn’t have to be this way friends! Ditch that big business, toxic, chemical laden latte – there’s a way to get past that late afternoon fatigue or that feeling of always being tired or maybe it’s the opposite and you have a hard time falling asleep at night.
Or maybe you are interested in not only mitigating but stopping the progression of (and in come cases reversing the symptoms of) autoimmune diseases like Celiac, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, arthritis including Rheumatoid arthritis, joint inflammation and pain, Lupus, SLE and MS.
Or maybe you have been seeing your doctor or multiple specialists for months or years without experiencing any relief.
I’m not talking about the latest and greatest in pharmaceuticals or the next miracle drug. I’m talking about optimizing your health NATURALLY through lifestyle changes and food – not drugs. It’s the future of medicine and it’s called functional medicine.
W.E.L.L. Boston continues the conversation this week talking with Dr. Sarika Arora, a functional medicine practitioner here in Boston. This will be a 30 minute talk from the doctor followed by about an hour of Q&A so bring your questions! If you are local – hit it up!
- Free talk with Dr. Arora this Wednesday night. Click here to R.S.V.P. Audience is capped at 30 people.
- Location: Aum Healing Center, 332 Newbury Street, Second Floor, Boston
- Date: Wednesday 6/29/16 6:30-8:15pm
- Cost: Free
What is Functional Medicine?
I talked with Dr. Arora on her walk to work yesterday and this is how she explains it. Functional medicine looks at the whole picture, the whole person. It is evidence based medicine looking at the root cause of symptoms and disease. It is listening to a patient’s story, how their symptoms started, their past medical history, family history and genetics.
Comparatively speaking, primary care doctors don’t ask for the whole story and tend to refer patients to specialists where people end up being treated in parts as opposed to a whole.
For example, an endocrinologist is just looking at numbers on a lab – they are not listening to the whole story. Patients are complaining about weight gain and these specialists have nothing in their toolbox besides prescriptions. Functional medicine has B12, vitamin D and so much more. Functional medicine takes a close look at food and not only uses it to heal the body but makes sure you are not promoting disease by what you are eating.
Meet Sarika Arora, MD.
Dr. Arora is a functional medicine practitioner here in Boston with her own beautiful practice in Boston’s Back Bay.
After completing her residency at SUNY Buffalo she practiced medical care at a hospital and kept seeing the same patients coming into the hospital with the same complaints. She says doctors are trained to treat acute conditions but are lacking in treating for prevention. Recognizing that conventional western medicine was not getting to the root of people’s ailments she was determined to do so.
From here she completed her Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice training with the Institute of Functional Medicine while training with Dr. Rothfeld (Boston’s grandfather of functional medicine who has been practicing for over 30 years). In 2012, Dr. Rothfeld advised Dr. Arora to start her own practice which is now a team of three, including herself, a PA and a health coach. They are located at:
Aum Healing Center, 332 Newbury Street, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02115
What to Expect
A first appointment typically lasts an hour as Dr. Arora will go through the patient’s whole story. It may include taking a deeper dive into the patient’s toxic load considering exposure to heavy metals like fillings, chemicals in beauty and personal care products or pesticides in foods. Toxins are a leading cause of symptoms like fatigue, weight gain and hormone imbalance. It may also include running some labs and setting up a short term plus a follow-up within a few weeks.
Dr. Arora has seen so much success in her practice. She told me the story of a woman with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism that was having muscle aches for years. She checked her full thyroid panel, looked at her hormones and adjusted her food plan. In addition, she changed her thyroid medicine to a natural form where the patient was getting more thyroid support and the patients said it was a life changer. Her muscle aches went away.
In addition, Dr. Arora says millions of women are suffering from hypothyroidism in this country and endocrinologists are not listening to their symptoms. Women are hard on themselves. Plates are loaded and women are trying to do it all. Functional medicine does a great job with this and we can really help women feel their best.
If you are not local to Boston and are interested in finding a functional medicine practitioner, try searching the Institute of Functional Medicine’s national directory.
If you are in the boston area, come join Dr. Arora’s talk this WEdnesday night! Also, make sure to check out W.E.L.L. Boston for more wellness events to come. You can also follow them on Facebook or Instagram for all the latest.