Functional Neurology

June 9, 2017
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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Functional Neurology looks at the underlying functioning of the nervous system. While allopathic neurology can diagnose gross pathology such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury: functional neurology can pinpoint functioning of specific parts of the brain. Such studies include studies with the eyes (saccades (rapid movements from point to point), pupil reflexes) and other neurological assessments. Brain imbalances can be identified long before the pathology points to a specific diagnosis. Once brain imbalances are identified, individualized treatment plans can be prepared to reverse the damages. Periodic assessments can track the improved status of brain in response to treatment. The causes of such brain imbalances can be many such as toxins, infectious process such as lyme disease, metabolic disorders such as blood sugar irregularities and hormone imbalances. It is important to seek and treat the underlying cause as well.

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Susan Downs, MD

Dr. Susan is boarded in Integrative Medicine and in Psychiatry, is a certified IFM practitioner and certified in the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine. She works at the University of California, San Francisco and is on the Psychiatry Consultant Registry (UK). She has Masters Degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford and a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda Medical Center.

Based between San Francisco and Bloomsbury (London), she is the president of the cutting edge, Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI), has worked in ten countries and studied many healing modalities. Previously, she worked for the NHS in the UK, was an assistant professor at INSEAD (European School for Business Administration), and was a foreign service officer managing alternative energy projects in Asia. She is also a film-maker with two multi award winning films on health. Her interests include medicine, economics, spirituality and making the world a better place.

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