Functional medicine is a patient-centered, evidence-based approach to health care that addresses the individual rather than an isolated set of symptoms. It’s a refreshing shift from the “pill-for-this-pill-for-that” model of patient care commonly experienced today. Functional medicine practitioners are trained to assess the underlying cause of chronic disease and apply comprehensive and integrative strategies to both treat and prevent illness.
Healthcare vs. Sick care
The purpose of Functional Medicine is to go beyond standard health care (sick care?) and provide actual “health” care, allowing you to achieve real health- free of a lifetime supply of drugs, surgeries, and endless reactive measures. Functional Medicine requires a lot more from your Physician: advanced training on body systems, more time spent with each patient, and a more in-depth analysis of disease on an individualized basis.
One part detective, one part scientist
Every patient manifests imbalances and problems in a unique way and figuring out the root cause is a lot like detective work. We employ state-of-the-art lab testing and analysis to find out what is going on inside you, and then we apply a personalized approach to helping you heal from within. We utilize nutritional therapy, herbal medicines, and medical grade supplements to bring about positive changes in health. Our culture of convenience and fast food has brought about a demise in the basic building blocks of nutrition that our bodies require to function optimally. How many times has your mom told you that you are what you eat? Our bodies need high-quality fuel to run at top levels. You would never put unclean, watered-down fuel in your new Ferrari just because it’s quicker and cheaper–and that car is replaceable! Our bodies…not so much!
Comparing traditional medicine and functional medicine:
- We treat the causes and not only the symptoms
We focus on the root cause of disease, with the objective of eliminating not only the symptom but also the underlying problem.
- We look at the whole body
Our holistic approach allows us to view the body as an interconnected matrix rather than a collection of separate systems.
- We address the body/mind/spirit connection
We examine the physical and emotional aspects of illness. Stress is a potent disruptor of many enzymes, hormones, and the nervous system—we recognize this, bring awareness to potential stresses, and prescribe supplements and strategies to improve a healthy balance between mind, body, and spirit.
- We work on the cutting edge of diagnostics and interpretations
We use the latest diagnostics to look for deficiencies, which may include genetic testing when warranted. We order lab tests seeking optimal ranges, rather than “normal” values, and we take advantage of the latest advances in medicine to personalize a treatment plan for each patient.
- We strive to enhance the body’s innate healing ability
Many people do not require pharmaceuticals, which often have significant side effects. Where appropriate, we recommend diet, exercise, lifestyle modifications, and natural supplements. If medication is needed, we will prescribe it, along with supplements to decrease the risk of side effects.
- We partner with our patients to achieve optimal health
We believe the doctor and patient are equal partners in medical care. Two-way communication is hard to accomplish in the average 10-minute conventional office visit—we spend 30 and often 60 minutes with our patients. We talk with our patients and we listen. To get a better idea of how our functional medicine programs are structured click here.