The vast majority of people, adults and children, now suffer from at least one chronic illness. In fact, if you’re reading this page, you are probably one of them. At IMGI we understand chronic medical conditions of every sort, as they all have a great deal in common. While the diagnostic approach to identifying these conditions is fundamentally similar, treatments are always individualized based on individual history and findings. At each step along the way, you will have complete explanations provided to you, and you will participate in determining your treatment plan and the pace of your recovery.
The reason for this epidemic of medical ills is largely the result of modern industrialized life – factory processed foods containing bizarre chemicals of all sorts and toxins permeating every other aspect of our lives – the air we breathe, the water we drink, the furniture we sit in, the clothes we wear, and our homes, work places, playgrounds, schools, and even hospitals. We are now also bombarded with levels of electromagnetic radiation never before experienced; we take antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals as if there were no consequences; and we absorb large amounts of chemicals leaching out of the plastic coatings encasing our foods.
Additionally, we live in a world of bright lights, which wreak havoc with our circadian rhythms; we sleep too little; and live with far too much stress. Most of us were not breast fed long, or at all, and some of us were delivered by Cesarean Section… all important factors in developing a healthy microbiome in the gut.
The end result is an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and pre-diabetes, all sorts of gastrointestinal problems, rampant depression and anxiety, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue, insomnia, chronic infections such as Lyme Disease, headaches, rashes, all sorts of autoimmune diseases, arthritis, infertility, hormonal imbalances, allergies, and asthma.
As diverse a list as that is, they all share a common thread – rampant INFLAMMATION! While the original cause may vary from one person to another, they all stimulate the body’s inflammatory mechanism to create chronic, unrelenting inflammation, which ultimately damages the brain, the immune system, the pancreas, liver, kidneys, blood vessels, joints, and so on….
Our expert team of inflammation fighters understands well the underlying similarities which all chronic diseases share. We know how to search for the underlying causes of inflammation, and know how to tame those raging flames! We invite you to join our many happy patients, who have found the road back to health through our unique approach to the treatment of Complex Medical Problems. Contact Dr. Gersh at our Irvine location, easily accessible from the Orange County areas of Huntington Beach, Tustin, Newport Coast, Mission Viejo & beyond.
Comprehensive Program For Complex Medical Problems
The reason for choosing our Complex Medicine Program is really quite simple: we understand your problem in its many different dimensions, we have the clinical treatment and therapy tools to address both symptoms and root causes, and we have the long-term experience to successfully manage your care from beginning to end.
In order to fully understand your condition, we will order a number of both conventional and highly specialized laboratory tests. These may include advanced blood, allergy, DNA, nutrition, and stool tests. Based on our familiarity with these tests and their reference ranges, we will then interpret the tests in order to begin our dialog with you concerning treatment options.
At this point we work closely with you to determine possibilities and personal preferences. In virtually all instances there will be a variety of different treatment protocols, all with unique sets of trade-offs. Together, we will decide which ones make most sense for you, as well as agreeing to the pace and cost of the treatment plan. You really must be comfortable with the decisions made and the pace of change for the program to be effective!
Once we know where you are going, it is time to manage the process to your complete satisfaction. That’s what our many years of experience allow us to do. We will work closely with you to make certain that appointments are conveniently scheduled, tests results are promptly reported, and progress is carefully monitored. After all, your satisfaction with treatment outcomes and your personal experience with our staff are the only two performance measures that matter to us!
Finding knowledgeable and compassionate medical care in any community can be challenging, particularly when complex medical conditions are involved. And finding a fellowship-trained integrative medical doctor may be impossible. To answer this need we offer the following telemedicine options.
TeleMedicine Appointments for California Residents
Though we always encourage initial visits to be in person, in-state residents have the option of scheduling initial and all follow-up visits via phone or Skype, during which all aspects of health can be specifically addressed. Callers under 18 years old require parental consent.
TeleMedicine Appointments for Residents Outside California
Differing state laws make telemedicine more challenging, though certainly not impossible. Your first visit must be at our Irvine, California, office. Follow-up appointments can be accomplished by phone or Skype, but periodic visits to our office are required. State laws are expected to change and will become less restrictive in the future. International patients have more flexibility with appointments. Callers under 18 years of age require parental consent.
If you would like to arrange a TeleMedicine Appointment, please call our office at 949-753-7475.