Functional medicine is a powerful paradigm that addresses the root causes of chronic illnesses. This is in complete contrast to the “typical” approach of conventional Western Medicine, which dictates the taking of a pill (or a combination of many) for every ill.
The functional medicine model draws upon exciting advancements in molecular and genetic medicine combined with time-honored self-care practices that promote optimal function of all systems of your body.
The system of medicine that has developed in the Western world, especially in the past 50 years, relies upon the use of drugs to provide symptom relief. Medications can do this some of the time, but they also cause a variety of side effects ranging from nutrient depletion to death. In psychiatry, when a patient does not experience adequate results from one drug, more are added. In primary care offices around the country, patients presenting with a variety of common issues such as gastroesophageal reflux, obesity, hypertension, type II Diabetes and elevated cholesterol often end up taking a number of medications often without ever learning that lifestyle choices can have a dramatic impact upon these maladies. It is not uncommon for people to experience adverse effects that results from the use of medication combinations that have never been studies for safety or effectiveness.
In functional medicine, we understand that the roots of these chronic conditions can be found when basic systems of the body are brought back to their optimal function. Children experiencing the features of autism have been found to have disturbances in the function of their gastrointestinal, immune and detoxification systems. The same is true for many other conditions. Depression, for instance, has been found to be associated with inflammation. Other conditions associated with inflammation include heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
Functional medicine takes the bigger-picture perspective to consider all possible factors and develop an understanding of the causes for a symptom or illness. From your family history to what you eat for breakfast and where you have travelled in-between, the clue to understanding your condition might be found in some detail that could be easily overlooked. This is a process requiring time and attention for provider and patient alike. While it is possible for many to begin making positive lifestyle choices that may improve their health, sometimes it is necessary to have personalized guidance and direction in order to take the steps necessary for a more serious health challenge. Contact me if you would like to find out if my practice is a good fit for your needs. I would love to partner with you on your journey back to your whole self.