What is functional medicine?
Most chronic diseases have a list of symptoms. However, treating the symptoms without understanding the underlying cause can lead to a host of additional symptoms and a lifetime of suffering. This is where Functional Medicine can come in handy. Doesn’t it make more sense to deal with prevention and underlying causes of a disease rather than just treat the symptom? Here’s how it works:
Genetics & Environment: We have learned the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that are derived from genetic and environmental factors and take those into consideration.
Having Patience: Patience is more than just a virtue when it comes to good medicine. Treating your body as a whole is much more important than treating your disease. Sir William Osler’s said it best, “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has.”
Finding Balance: By looking at the internal and external factors of your health we can get a much better overall view of what is happening in your body and in your mind.
It’s all Connected: Remember that old saying, “You are what you eat”? Well Functional Medicine takes this saying to a whole new level. We know that the human body functions as a whole rather than individually and without effect on one another. For example, diet can contribute to hormones, immune deficiencies can lead to heart disease, and environmental factors can cause anything from cancer to Parkinson’s disease.
There’s More: Being healthy is more than just not being sick. It’s a combination of hormones, weight, activity, mental health, and so much more.
Functional Medicine takes in the whole picture then breaks it apart to help you achieve optimal health. By considering your environment, diet, stress, genetics, among other things we are able to help you find a healthy balance in all levels of your life. One of your symptoms may be fatigue. This can be linked to many chronic illnesses or perhaps just simply not getting enough restful sleep at night. What good would it be to send you home with sleeping pills if the fatigue was actually linked to a thyroid malfunction? Taking into account your life and body as a whole contribute to a more accurate diagnosis and treatment.
By using functional medicine, a scientifically based method of medicine, to treat chronic illness you are on your way to complete balance and health for both your mind and your body.