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Functional Medicine in Palo Alto

Published By: Dr. Jeffrey Mark
Date: March 01, 2024

Want to optimize wellness in Palo Alto? Dr. Jeffrey Mark offers personalized functional medicine addressing digestion, aging, stress, nutrition, and more through advanced testing, natural healing, and lifestyle changes. Ditch temporary relief and start a journey to lifelong health.

Understanding Functional Medicine

Functional medicine basics

The conventional medical system wasn't designed for creating & maintaining vibrant health... It was born out of the need for acute care interventions (think fractures, car accidents, and the like). 

Functional medicine is a different approach that cost-effectively addresses the underlying factors that create disease... without expensive and toxic prescription drugs that merely mask symptoms. It's actually not entirely new... it's how medicine was practiced 4000 years ago.

It’s an approach well accepted by our Palo Alto neighbors. 

What's new is that we have brought advanced lab testing and a keen systems-biology approach to medicine – which is short for looking at the body as a system of interconnected organs that need to play in perfect sync to function optimally.

That's what coined the term "Functional Medicine" because ultimately, it's about restoring proper function to all the body's systems.

Our Services: Customized Functional Medicine in Palo Alto

Since the founding of his practice, Dr. Jeffrey Mark, M.D., and his team have helped patients heal from life-altering conditions.

We offer a wide range of services designed to address the diverse health concerns prevalent in our area. From functional medicine with personalized stress management programs for our tech professionals to cutting-edge regenerative treatments we are dedicated to optimizing your health and well-being.

Our Services:

Functional Gastroenterology: As a board-certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Mark specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders.

Whether you're dealing with acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), we provide compassionate care and advanced treatment options to help you achieve digestive health.

Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine: Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Our anti-aging and regenerative medicine services are designed to help you look and feel your best at every stage of life.

From hormone replacement therapy to innovative skin rejuvenation treatments, we offer personalized solutions to help you defy the effects of aging and live a vibrant, youthful life.

Stress Management for Tech Professionals: In the fast-paced world of Silicon Valley, stress is a common concern among tech professionals. Our stress management programs are specifically tailored to the unique needs of individuals working in the tech industry.

Through a combination of mindfulness techniques, relaxation exercises, and personalized counseling, we help you manage stress effectively and regain balance in your life.

Nutritional Support: Proper nutrition is the foundation of good health. Our nutritional support services are designed to help you make informed choices about your diet and lifestyle, promoting optimal health and vitality. Whether you're looking to lose weight, manage a chronic condition, or simply improve your overall well-being, our expert team is here to support you every step of the way.

Lifestyle Medicine: Healthy habits are essential for long-term wellness. Our lifestyle medicine programs focus on empowering you to make positive changes in your daily life, from exercise and sleep habits to stress management and mindfulness practices. By addressing the root causes of health issues and promoting holistic wellness, we help you achieve lasting results and live your best life.

We're not just here to treat symptoms – we're here to transform lives. Contact us today to learn more about our services and start your journey to optimal health and wellness.

Choosing The Real Gut Doctor for Functional Medicine in Palo Alto

Here are just some of the things we focus on in our program:

We prioritize quality over quantity with our patients. We will only make a medical diagnosis after listening carefully to a patient’s medical history, reviewing testing, looking at lifestyle factors that are materially contributing to illnesses, and then making a personalized recommendation based on each patient’s unique situation. 

We also factor in your local environment. For example, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has determined our local water City of Palo Alto) has 8 potential cancer-causing contaminants.  

Our water contains Bromodichloromethane(23x), Chloroform(83x), Chromium (hexavalent 3.3x), Dichloroacetic acid (95x), Haloacetic acids (HAA5   345x), Haloacetic acids (HAA9   529x), Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs  237x ), Trichloroacetic acid (141x) from 3.3 to 529 times over EWG guidelines. 

Assessment, natural healing, and prevention are prioritized over wait-and-see treatment approaches. 

The most modern and advanced medical equipment available is used along with natural forms of healing like upgrading your diet and healing herbs or supplementation with fewer or no side effects. 

Patients are taught how to take a more active role in their own health and will learn up-to-date nutritional science & lifestyle modifications that can boost their health and overall wellness for a lifetime.

For example, we’ve helped educate and treat people with toxicity during the recent East Bay fires over the past 3 years. 

Instead of relying on being prescribed medications again and again for temporary relief, functional medicine Dr. Jeffrey Mark, M.D., and his team at The Real Gut Doctor diagnose problems holistically and arm patients with the modern tools for healthy living.

Palo Alto Community Health: The Role of Functional Medicine

Innovative Solutions for Local Health Challenges - Discussion on how functional medicine addresses specific health issues prevalent in Palo Alto, potentially including local health statistics or common concerns related to the area's lifestyle.

Your Journey to Wellness

We focus on the unique needs of the client and craft a personalized treatment plan that reflects what we see in your testing and how your lifestyle may be impacting (or even creating) your symptoms. 

On your first 50-minute visit, we review a comprehensive history questionnaire for in-depth evaluation rather than just matching symptoms with a diagnosis seen in the conventional medicine approach. Based on this evaluation, we then order advanced lab testing that will give us a much more complete picture of what triggered your specific physiological imbalances that caused your symptoms in the first place.

We then design a custom-tailored plan to completely support your body... giving it what it needs to finally heal instead of trying to cover up your symptoms with medications. 

After implementing the plan, the final stage is to rebalance your body systems, build up your resilience to help guard for the future, and aim to maximize your quality of life.

Integrating Functional Medicine into Your Palo Alto Lifestyle

Good digestive health is fundamental to overall well-being and vitality. In the realm of functional medicine, making lifestyle changes is paramount for achieving long-term improvements in health. Here are some tips to optimize your digestive health and enhance your overall wellness.

Exercise plays a crucial role in promoting good digestion. Engaging in aerobic activities such as walking, jogging, and cycling can significantly enhance digestive function. These exercises boost blood flow and stimulate the movement of food through the digestive tract, aiding in efficient digestion.

Explore the scenic trails of Palo Alto to incorporate exercise into your routine. Take a hike down a trail at the breathtaking Arastradero Preserve or explore the lush surroundings of Foothills Park. Jog along the picturesque paths of Stanford University's campus or bike through the serene Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.

Remember, you are what you eat. Embracing a Mediterranean diet rich in antioxidants can be highly beneficial for gut health and overall well-being.

This diet emphasizes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, all of which contribute to gut repair and promote optimal digestive function.

Discover fresh and nutritious produce at the Palo Alto Farmers' Market, held year-round at various locations throughout the city. Support local farmers and artisans while stocking up on seasonal fruits, vegetables, and artisanal products to fuel your body with wholesome goodness.

By incorporating these lifestyle changes into your daily routine, you can take proactive steps toward improving your digestive health and enhancing your overall quality of life. Remember, small changes can lead to significant improvements over time. Start your journey towards better digestive health today!

Contact Us

Our team treats the underlying causes of complex chronic disorders using a functional medicine approach. Please complete the form below to connect with us and tell us how we can help as you begin on your path toward improved health!

Contact Dr. Jeffrey Mark today to get started.

Dr. Jeffrey Mark
With over thirty years of experience, Dr. Mark is a leading expert in holistic gut health. His integrative approach combines conventional medicine, functional and regenerative medicine, and advanced therapies to heal the gut and transform patient health. Holding 5 board certifications, Dr. Mark offers the comprehensive expertise of five medical specialists during each patient visit. He is dedicated to optimizing wellbeing by addressing the gut-related root causes of chronic health issues.
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