What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine (FM) is an evidence-based, science proven-based way of looking at the “root cause” of disease. It examines the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
Oftentimes your visit will involve lab work and an InBody test. Then we dive deep into your information you provided on your Nutrition Intake form. Then a Wellness Plan for prevention and healing is prescribed. This could encompass modifications in sleep, eating patterns, stress management, high quality supplements, and body movement.
Two decades ago FM became a viable means for practitioners to treat chronic complex issues by addressing the root cause instead of just addressing the symptoms, so we don’t treat disease we treat the root cause of the disease. Practitioners employ integrative medicine principles to discover and treat the underlying cause and seek deeper into what had taken place more “upstream” that prompted the “downstream” symptoms.
Functional Medicine is a Patient-Centered Medicine
Unlike acute care model of traditional western medicine, FM does not apply a standard protocol to each problem. This is not a “one-size-fits-all” medicine. Through the unique partnership between the patient and practitioner, FM produces a comprehensive plan for maximizing the “whole body” health of the individual (mind, body, spirit). Beyond alleviating symptoms or slowing the progression of disease, the corrected imbalances and lifestyle changes resulting from the FM approach promote wellness and vitality for the “whole-body” healing.
Conditions Commonly Treated:
Adrenal Dysfunction, Thyroid and Sex hormone imbalances, Auto-immune disorders, GI tract issues (dysbiosis, Reflux, leaky gut, candida, hpylori, etc), Depression, Anxiety, Food allergies/intolerances, Migraines, mold exposures, Diabetes, Heart disease, Vitamin deficiencies, Weight gain/loss, etc