A functional medicine provider has revealed the five things she would never tell her patients now that she no longer practices conventional medicine.
Efrat LaMandre, 51, of New York, worked as a family nurse (FNP) for many years before receiving her Ph.D. in integrative medicine, a form of treatment that focuses on the patient as a whole.
The founder of Knew Method recently went viral 11 Jun 2023 12TikTok after sharing some of the practices she’s given up since shifting her focus to addressing the root cause of illness.
“Now full disclosure, I practiced conventional medicine and was guilty of these five things ? but not anymore,” she explained.
Efrat LaMandre, 51, of New York, went viral on TikTok after revealing the five things she would never tell her patients as a functional medicine provider
She worked as a family nurse (FNP) for many years before receiving her Ph.D. in integrative medicine, a form of treatment that focuses on the patient as a whole
“So I say to my colleagues that it’s never too late to evolve.”
LaMandre began by saying she would never tell her patients that their thyroid is “normal” based on the results of a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test.
The test measures the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone in the blood.
TSH levels that are too high or too low may indicate a thyroid problem; However, 11 Jun 2023 12some people with hypothyroidism have normal lab results.
“Make sure you ask for antibodies, your T4, your T3, the whole thyroid panel to really know what’s going on,” she advised.
LaMandre went on to say that she would never tell a patient with painful joints or muscles that “it’s just your age.”
“I’m 50 and I feel better than when I was 40 and when I was 30,” she insisted.
“That’s because we now know that aches and pains mean something, and it usually means inflammation that hasn’t been treated.” So don’t accept that as an answer.’
LaMandre said she would never tell her patients that their thyroid is “normal” based on the results of a TSH test, which measures the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone in the blood.
LaMandre went on to say she would never chalk up aching joints or brain fog to old age. She would also never tell women with irregular periods to just start using birth control pills
The functional medicine provider ended her video by emphasizing that she would never tell anyone “that the symptoms are in their head” and that there is “nothing wrong with it”
She continued to remark that she would never tell women with irregular periods to start using birth control pills to regulate their cycles, believing there was nothing else they could do.
“There’s so much you can do about it, and most importantly, get to the root of why your period is irregular rather than just taking medication,” she said.
In a similar vein, she would never tell people struggling with brain fog or memory problems that it’s part of getting older and “nothing to worry about unless it gets really serious.”
“There’s so much you can do around brain fog and around cognitive decline that has to do with diet, anti-inflammatories and something called nootropics,” she said.
LaMandre advised anyone who doesn’t know what nootropics are “to google it and find out, because it’s a big deal.”
Nootropics, also known as “smart drugs” or “neuroenhancers,” are natural or synthetic substances that 11 Jun 2023 12claim to improve cognitive function and brain performance.
The functional medicine provider ended her video by emphasizing that she would never tell anyone “that their symptoms are in their head” and that there is “nothing wrong with it.”
LaMandre said she felt so strongly about this that she wrote an entire book about it, titled “It’s NOT in Your Head,” which came out last year.
?What I want you to know is that your symptoms are real. They mean something. They’re not in your head and they need to be dealt with,” she concluded.
LaMandre’s video has been viewed more than 400,000 times and received hundreds of comments since the video was posted on May 27.
Why aren’t all doctors like this? I love everything you said,” one person wrote.
“Why can’t they all be like you?” asked another.
‘Heard them all. No joke. Celiac disease and Hashimoto’s went undetected for years!’ someone else shared.