Pioneering Health Management

If you are one of over 50 million Americans suffering from chronic disease, Functional Medicine has much to offer you. While it is a generalized, holistic approach to wellness, even specialists such as allergists, dermatologists, ENTs, gynecologists, urologists, orthopedists, opthamologists, accident and trauma surgeons, internists, sports medicine, dentists, and even veterinarians have started using it in their practices because of its proven effectiveness.

Functional Medicine offers a new paradigm in healthcare, based on the belief that diseases don't exist. What we know as diseases are really an expression of a breakdown in our interconnected biological systems. Functional Medicine looks at the big picture, focusing on the individual instead of the ailment and symptoms. Functional Medicine Practitioners build partnerships with our patients, empowering them to take control of their own health and make sustainable, positive lifestyle changes. You deserve more than temporary relief. Functional Medicine offers long-term recovery, so that you can go on to live a healthy life.

Generally, most physicians are trained in acute care, which treats immediate problems. There is a place for this type of care, and Dr. Shair never hesitates to recommend medical intervention when that may be indicated. However, standard medical treatment may be unable to resolve the underlying problem (often the result of a complex combination of genetics, environment and lifestyle). Without considering these functional factors, many people may receive temporary relief, but go on for years without ever resolving the issue.

People dealing with chronic ailments like hyper reactivity, rashes, neurodermatitis, asthma, migraines, pain and neurologic disorders, internal organ disorders, chronic inflammations, rheumatic illnesses, injuries, fields of interference due to scarring, dental and orthodontic problems and chronic fatigue are, at best, able to maintain a status quo, and at worst, left to live with ongoing pain and discomfort. In very few cases do they see their disease completely eradicated by standard medicine. The reason for this is a matter of perspective. The focus of western medicine is almost entirely on symptoms instead of the underlying causes - the "what" of the disease, versus the "why" - which lead to illness in the first place. This explains why there are so many prescriptions...and so few real answers.

The goal of the practitioner is to give the patient back control of his or her health, working with them and their other health care providers, as partners in education, change, and healing. We focus on the entire person instead of one specific problem. First and foremost, we look at your body's basic systems to find the imbalances that lead to illness. Based on your biochemistry, genetics, health history and lifestyle, we focus on equalizing your system using complex homeopathy (a personalized mixture of remedies) in conjunction with healthy eating and western medicine. Much like Traditional Chinese Medicine, functional medicine therapy is a completely different paradigm from standard medical practice in the West. Holistic and person-centered, Functional Medicine takes into account the individual's history, genetics, lifestyle, as well as other causes of disease, such as toxins, allergens, nutrition, infections and stress, which can lead to imbalance in the biological network - the real cause of illness. Functional Medicine is not allopathic medical treatment as provided by medical doctors. The goal of Functional Medicine is not to identify the illness, but to determine the appropriate therapeutic approach (typically used along with other therapies) that will enable the body to stabilize, and ultimately, to heal itself. In short, Functional Medicine combines the best of both worlds to provide patients with not only recovery from illness, but a long and healthy future.

 

Here are some of the tools and modalities that we use to evaluate and balance your body's basic systems. Click on them to learn more.

About Dr. Alan Shair

Dr. Alan Shair has over 30 years of experience in the field of healing. He is also a master Herbalist. His many certificates have afforded him extensive knowledge of human physiology and disposition, as well as many approaches with which to alleviate problems. Over the years, Dr. Shair has assisted individuals with a wide range of ailments. He is passionate about his work, easy to talk to and learns from every one of his patients.

Dr. Shair's expertise includes specializations in:

  • General and Advanced Naturopathy
  • Homeopathy
  • Clinical Hypno-anesthesiology
  • Pain Management
  • Neural Therapy
  • Biofeedback/Bio-resonance
  • and numerous other modalities.

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Experience You Can Trust

Over 30 years of experience with multiple modalities. This enables us to work on finding out the potential roots of the issues so that we can...

Your Health - The Best Investment

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Our Commitment To You

We strive to discover the root of the issues not just treat the symptoms. Working on your health is one of the smartest investments of time,...

Our Collaborative Approach

Partnership is built on principles and practices of shared commitment between the Dr. Shair and his patients.

We Treat You As a Whole Person

We look for the cause of your symptoms which might include innovative diagnostics like neurotransmitter testing.

We Take The Time To Know You

Each patient is different. Dr. Shair investigates all of the issues that are keeping you from optimal health.

What people say about Dr. Shair

  • “ I came to Dr. Alan for help through functional medicine for severe dental infections that were apparently affecting the rest of my body and impairing my health. He has worked very closely with my biological dentist. I think my body recovered from the dental treatment with much more ease with his help. I am happy to say I am steadily improving in health and feeling better and better with more energy than I have felt for years. My thinking is clearer too. Dr. Alan is passionate about his work, and he is also kind. He listens and readily shares his extensive knowledge, which I find very helpful in regards to my treatment. I feel fortunate to be under his care. ”
    Cathy M., AL
    Client
  • “ After many years of medical problems (Lyme disease, lower back problems, heart issues, digestive problems and others), a friend of mine pointed me to Dr. Alan Shair and his functional medical work. What a difference! I now have energy, normal blood pressure 120/78 with a 63 pulse, no symptoms of Lyme disease and a big improvement in my lower back. I feel much, much better and continue to improve all the time. ”
    Jim M., NJ
    Client
  • “ I used to have constant stomach pain that was sharp at times. After years of going to medical doctors, including several GI doctors, my pain continued. At one point I had an endoscopy procedure and was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The medicine prescribed did not work. I was very frustrated at this point and started looking into diet as an alternative solution to my situation. I began shopping at a health food store in Morristown, NJ. This is where I connected with Alan two years ago. We started working together and he ultimately discovered, among other things that I had a bacteria called Pylori in my system and this was the source of my pain. We worked together to establish a better diet, as well as the right combination of supplements for my condition. It took time but the end result is that my pain is gone. About a year into my relationship with Alan, I referred my mother to him for similar stomach pain. She is well now. Around the same time, my mother-in-law was in desperate pain due to Fibromyalgia. After working with Alan she feels better, is able to walk around for longer periods, and is on an improved diet. Thank you, Alan for helping me and my family! ”
    Ian G., NJ
    Client
  • “ Over the last twenty years, I have suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It initially manifested with diarrhea, nausea and bloating and then six years ago it changed to chronic constipation. During this time, I have lived in many different cities and states, and each time I sought out a different gastroenterologist for treatment. All I was ever told was "take this pill" and "take that laxative". Nothing helped for long. Finally, I was told that my only recourse was to have a colostomy. Fortunately my brother-in-law who lives in New Jersey, had been seeing Dr. Alan Shair for an unrelated problem. He suggested that I reach out to Dr. Shair for help. Dr. Shair performed a number of different tests in order to evaluate the situation. He felt that I was allergic to gluten and dairy. No other practioner had ever told me about these allergies. He also believed that my intestines were full of bacteria. Dr. Shair put me on a regiment of nutritional supplements and dietary changes, and within two months I felt relief from the diarrhea, constipation, nausea and bloating. Now, I am feeling much better because of the nutritional supplements and dietary changes that Dr. Shair had suggested. Dr. Shair also informed me that he thought that I was having trouble with my sphincter muscle, and that should be it checked out by my gastroenterologist. The gastroenterologist found out that indeed, I did have a problem with the sphincter muscle. It was not able to relax during a bowel movement. Once again, Dr. Shair was correct in his assessment. Now at age 70, I feel better than I have in the last twenty years. I would strongly recommend that anyone who suffers from IBS contact Dr. Alan Shair. Don't continue to suffer as I did for twenty years. ”
    Franklin S., SC
    Client
  • “ In 2010 I was medically diagnosed by my cardiologist with pericardial and peripleural effusion. My heart rate was 150 beats per minute and I had a collapsed lung. I was admitted to the emergency room and a surgeon removed the fluid from my heart and pleura. My heart rate returned to normal. Six weeks later it went back up to 125 beats per minute. My cardiologist advised me to take beta blockers to regulate the electrical conducting system of my heart. Instead, I decided to try an alternative treatment and went to Dr. Alan Shair who recommended herbs and other remedies. Since then my heart rate has been in the low sixties. I have been examined many times over the last 1 ½ years and my pulse has been slow and strong. I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Dr. Alan Shair. ”
    Herb N., NJ
    Client
  • “ What Dr. Alan has done, and does, for my health is amazing. It seems that we are always hearing about the next great supplement that’s going to do wonders for our health, but he tells me what’s going to work with my body specifically. When I feel a little illness coming on, he helps me nip it in the bud quickly. I’ve had vertigo several times; before I worked with him, I was incapacitated for days, but he’s been able to have me feeling normal within hours. He works with me as a whole person, physically and mentally. So if I call to say I’m feeling depressed, he’ll talk to me a bit about it first, addressing that psychological need, and then he works on the physiological part. With all the toxins that we are constantly being exposed to, it’s reassuring to have someone who can actually help me deal with the underlying causes and not just cover up my symptoms. ”
    Abby S., MN
    Client
  • “ I can’t say enough about working with Dr. Alan! He really listens and asks the right questions so he can get to the root of issues. He has helped me overcome longstanding problems with sleep, blood pressure, bone density and overall energy, and he is thorough – he doesn’t stop until he knows I am really improved. I am grateful for his amazing knowledge and caring! ”
    Regina Y., NJ
    Client

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