“To be an artist is to believe in life. ”

~ Henry Moore



“Integrative medicine and health reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.”



  • Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease such as Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.
  • Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.
  • Functional Medicine supports Cystic Fibrosis by utilizing supplementation to enhance various factors of the disease: pancreatic enzymatic sufficiency, lung strengthening glandulars, and inflammatory control and immune health.

For example, many individuals with cystic fibrosis have difficulty with lung infections developing into pneumonia, especially Pseudomonas. Many plant materials are being researched for their therapeutic value for our immune and lung health. Here are 43 natural substances that have been researched to possibly improve the lung status of people with cystic fibrosis.

Lily’s care from the Pulmonary team at Children’s Hospital and from Dr. Stacey Martiniano, keeps her alive. Access to integrative medical support keeps her body strong. Lily has benefited greatly from the “Functional Medicine” model practiced by Lisa Fitzwilliams.


43 natural substances that may improve lung function

December 30, 2015
The following list of 43 natural substances that have been researched and may improve lung function, is excerpted from Green Medicine Info: Omega-3 and gamma-linolenic fatty acids improve pulmonary status (lung function, respiratory exacerbations and antibiotic consumption), inflammatory and anthropometric parameters in adults with CF. Omega-3 fatty acids may have a protective effect against mucus over-production caused by pulmonary bacterial colonization in cystic fibrosis. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces inflammatory biomarkers, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and interleukin-8 concentrations in cystic fibrosis patients. An 8-month treatment with Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) has a positive effects, such as decreasing inflammation, in patients with cystic fibrosis. Oral magnesium supplementation may help overcome the failure of rhDNase-Iin patients with cystic fibrosis. Vitamin A and E levels are inversely correlated with pulmonary exacerbations in cystic fibrosis. Glutathione improves clinical markers in cystic fibrosis patients. Improved glutathione status in young adult patients with cystic fibrosis supplemented with whey protein. Lactobacillus GG supplementation reduces pulmonary exacerberations and hospital admissions in patients with cystic fibrosis. Inhaled hypertonic saline accelerates mucus clearance and improves lung function in patients with cystic fibrosis. Zinc supplementation reduces the number of days of oral antibiotics used to treat respiratory tract infections in children with cystic fibrosis. Zinc supplementation is beneficial in Zinc-deficient Cystic Fibrosis patients. Lactoferrin inhibits Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia cenocepia, two infectious organisms found in Cystic Fibrosis patients. Lactobacillus probiotic delayed respiratory tract colonization and infection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Garlic and tea have antibacterial activity against Klebsiella, as well as drug resistant strains of Saphylococci, Enterococci and Psedomonas aeruginosa. Ginseng treatment enhances bacterial clearance and decreases lung pathology (in rats) with chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia. Ripe and unripe papaya fruit exhibit significant antibacterial action on Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Shigella flexneri. Curcumin attenuates the virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Ginseng extract reduces bacterial load and lung pathology in chronic P. aeruginosa pneumonia (in rats). Water soluble green tea extract has significant activity against multi-drug resistant strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Cinnamon water possesses profound activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Clove, cinnamon, lavender and peppermint oils appear to interfere with quorum sensing activity in bacteria, reducing the pseudomonus drug-resistant virulence and pathogenicity. Goldenseal (H. canadensis) demonstrates antibacterial activity against Staphloccocal, Steptococcal, E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains in vitro. A combination of Rhodiola, Schisandra and Eleutherococccus (Siberian Ginseng) improves patients with acute non-specific pneumonia. High dose vitamin D3 prevents recurrence of pneumonia in children treated with antibiotics. Adjuvant treatment with zinc accelerates recovery from severe pneumonia in children. Licorice is effective in reducing experimentally induced pulmonary inflammation. Oxidative stress is implicated in acute pneumonia in children and may be attenuated through antioxidants. Green tea consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from pneumonia. Higher intake of Omega 3 fatty acidsmay reduce the risk of pneumonia. Dietary supplementation with amla protects against bacterial colonization (Klebsiella pneumoniae) of lungs on long-term feeding in experimental model. Curcumin ameliorates lung inflammation induced by Klebsiella pneumoniae and may be a useful adjuvant more »


Lily is fortunate to be in the care of many healing professionals in this valley. A few of the doctors & therapists who care for Lily are highlighted below….

Dr.Dave Jensen

January 14, 2016
“Chiropractic has a strong neurological and physiological effect with cystic fibrosis. Remember, that your brain and nervous system control the ability for systems such as the lungs and associated tissues. This control happens due to the spinal cord and the local nerve flow through the

Dr. Lisa Fitzwilliams

December 21, 2015
Dr. Lisa Fitzwilliams has been in the nutritional medicine field for over 25 years and is known for her ability to synthesize complex scientific concepts in a manner that is both personable and accessible. She received a Molecular Biology/Biochemistry degrees from the University of Wisconsin and

Pixie Byrne: Massage Therapist

December 14, 2015
Pixie Byrne has been working with Lily since 2009. We are so grateful for her support in Lily’s wellness regimen. Pixie has been a practicing certified massage therapist since 2001. She has served clients at the Carbondale Acupuncture Center since its inception in 2004. Pixie gives her
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