The hardest part of this work is seeing the monumental unmet demand for quality functional medicine health care from patients around the world. Health care has a ways to go to catch up with the explosion of autoimmune and chronic illnesses. That’s why it made our day to receive the following email from a teenage girl in Kansas. (Her father gave us permission to reprint it, but we changed her name):
“Hi Dr. Kharrazian! My name is Laurie. I am a senior in high school in Kansas. I read your book ‘Why Isn’t My Brain Working?’ and I absolutely loved it. For so long I have been curious about the topics discussed in your book. I’m contacting you to ask for your recommendation on what to study in undergraduate school to set me on the path to doing what you do, and helping patients as you help them. I’ve looked into psychology and dietetics, but I’m not sure if those would help in providing holistic care for patients. Thank you for any assistance you can give me.”
My answer to her was to study biochemistry as it can provide a strong foundation to understand nutrition, metabolism, and disease.
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