Episode 119: Root Cause Medicine to Gain Insight into Illness

Dr. Sean McCloy

Cindy Kennedy, FNP, is joined by Dr. Sean McCloy for an examination of the different approaches between allopathic and functional healthcare. Finding “why” an illness is occurring is the basic philosophy of a functional approach. Today, more than ever, people are interested in making alternative care choices rather than taking prescription medications. By educating patients on the root of their illness, they can begin to understand why they are suffering and how they can be an active participant in their healing process.

Dr. McCloy received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his family medicine residency training at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He is a board-certified in both family medicine and holistic medicine. He received his master of public health (specializing in health promotion and disease prevention) from Boston University School of Public Health and his master of arts in medical sciences from Boston University School of Medicine. He is certified in chelation therapy from the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

Besides offering holistic family medicine, Dr. McCloy specializes in intravenous vitamin therapies, heavy metal detoxification, functional and nutritional medicine, and bioidentical hormone replacement. He also uses osteopathic manipulative medicine in his treatment approaches. He sees all ages of patients, from newborns to geriatrics. By restoring balance to his patients, he lets their bodies, minds, and spirits heal themselves. Instead of using medicines to cover up symptoms, Dr. McCloy hunts for the roots of an illness. After treating these root causes his patients often find they can stop taking their pharmaceutical medications.

In addition to enjoying his work, Dr. McCloy loves going on outdoor adventures with his family, preparing gourmet vegetarian feasts, making music with his friends, playing ultimate frisbee and squash, furniture building, and exploring Maine.

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SHOW NOTES
What is root cause medicine?
Why is there such a difference between allopathic and functional approaches?
Is the gut the No. 1 place to go?
Are people all different?
What are the biggest contributors to poor health?
How often do you find that environment as well as environmental issues are at play?
Chronic health issues and the need to keep searching. How difficult is this?