Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of health care that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
Much like integrative medicine, functional medicine treats the individual rather than the disease. Often, individual genetic and environmental research is conducted to obtain a deeper knowledge of the patient’s health status
Every Person is Metabolically Unique. Shouldn’t Your Treatment be as Well?
Most physicians are trained to look only in specific places for the answers, using the same familiar labs or diagnostic tests. Yet, many causes of illness cannot be found in these places. The usual tests do not look for food sensitivities, hidden infections, environmental toxins, mold exposures, nutritional deficiencies and metabolic imbalances.
Our office uses an innovative approach to assessing and treating your health care concerns. Perhaps you have experienced being examined by your doctor, having blood tests done, x-rays or other diagnostic tests taken, only for your doctor to report back that all your tests are normal yet both you and your doctor know that you are anything but normal. Unfortunately this experience is all too common.
Patients with the following conditions have found relief through functional medicine.…
Autoimmune conditions, Arthritis, Allergies, Anxiety, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Acid Reflux, Cardiovascular Disease, Cholesterol problems, Candida, Crohn’s, Diabetes, Depression, Eczema, Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Gastrointestinal Symptoms, Hashimoto’s, Hypothyroidism, High Blood Pressure, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion, Insomnia, Lupus, Menopause, Osteoporosis, Obesity, Sjogren’s. Stress, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis.
Why Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine offers a whole new way to understand and treat chronic illnesses including allergies, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, obesity, IBS, gastrointestinal symptoms, menopausal symptoms, stress, chronic fatigue, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, headaches, autism, cardiovascular disease, and more. Chronic illness is the result of imbalances in the underlying physiological systems in your body. When inflammation, blood sugar imbalance, insulin resistance, oxidative stress, hormonal problems, and other systemic dysfunction occur the body shifts out of balance. This combined with poor diet, lack of nutrients, stress, environmental toxins, lack of exercise, and other lifestyle issues cause chronic disease to develop. Functional medicine corrects the body’s underlying physiological dysfunctions that contribute to these diseases. Functional medicine is a unique approach to understanding the real cause of chronic illness, instead of learning how to live with a disease.
A Functional medicine consultant works in conjunction with your current health care team and is not considered a replacement for your primary care physician.