Functional Medicine

Is Functional Medicine for you?

 Functional Medicine relies on the concept that everybody has at least some ability to return to a state of balance or “homeostasis” if the body is provided with the right resources and if substances toxic to the body are removed. As such it implies a partnership relationship between the physician and the patient. Before a functional medicine doctor tries to treat any issue, she does a lengthy interview delving into past history, then does a focused exam before recommending labs appropriate to each patient. After the labs are back a follow up visit will go over in detail the recommendations needed to start the pathway back to health. Typically, a minimum of 1 hour is spent on the first visit and a minimum of 30 minutes on the 2nd.
Because lifestyle changes (diet, sleep patterns, stress management, exercise etc) are ALWAYS needed to shift body chemistry, patients MUST be educated on the “nuts and bolts” of how to achieve these lifestyle changes. Therefore, education plays a big role. Of course, the root of the word “doctor” come from the Latin “docere” which means to teach. Only by embracing all aspects of this process can a FM doctor give a customized recommendation to help each patient reach their optimal state of wellness.

 In addition to lifestyle changes, as people age, they almost ALWAYS need professional expertise to return their hormones to a more youthful level. Adequate and balanced hormones are one of the foundations of achieving optimal health, energy, and wellness.
By comparison, a conventional (disease-centered) doctor has been trained to focus mainly on “band aids” those things that will artificially suppress symptoms. In the insurance based model of medicine there are quotas---patients per hour that MUST be seen in order to meet the salary expectations. Typically, this ranges from 4-8 per hour. This leaves insufficient time to actually find the root cause(s) of the problem. Plus, medical education is biased towards the pharmaceutical approach instead of lifestyle. It’s just much quicker to write a prescription than to educate. So, there is no time or focus to figure out what the body is missing or what is toxic in the body. to summarize, Functional Medicine is a proactive, predictive, and personalized medicine approach that will help empower anyone who wants to take control of their health. It is permanent and life-changing.
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