Two Years On: Tech Nerd Has Entrepreneurial Episode, Starts Functional Medicine Practice
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Run a blood test, find low levels of a hormone. Prescribe synthetic version of said hormone. Two weeks later your patient is back with a slightly different set of symptoms. Run another blood test, prescribe another hormone. If there's too much, block it, if there isn't enough, just add more. Rinse and repeat for hypothalamic pituitary adrenal, thyroid and gonadal axes. Refer out to a gastroenterologist for chronic diarrhoea. Gastroenterologist diagnosis is “irritable bowel syndrome”, says it’s nothing to do with diet, suggests colonoscopy, anti-inflammatory drugs, possible surgery. This sounds like a parody. But this is what happened to me, and it’s still happening to other athletes. Finding a better solution inspired me to quit my day job as a computer programmer at a hedge fund and start a new business with my wife (a food scientist) and a medical doctor. 2015 was our first full year in practice. At the time of recording, we’ve helped over 600 athletes with their diet and lifestyle. We’ve gotten great…