What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying cause of disease. By shifting the disease-centered focus of today’s medical practice to a more patient-centered one, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms or organs.Most chronic diseases have a list of symptoms. However, treating just those symptoms without understanding the root cause can lead to a host of additional symptoms and unnecessary suffering.
So how does our clinic implement and organize Functional Medicine into your life?
Once an extensive health history is taken and laboratory exams are evaluated; a personalized treatment plan is developed. Treatment plans may consist of dietary supplements, herbs, manageable lifestyle changes and physiotherapy recommendations. Each treatment plan is crafted in a way that empowers you with tools to bring your body and mind to its healthiest state in a non-stressful manner taking in to account modern life’s busy and sometimes hectic pace.
Knowing that it is all interconnected facilitates us with using the format of Functional Medicine. Through this focused, diagnostic approach, we are able to see the complete picture and break it apart and make meaningful changes towards health. We recognize the fact that medication is sometimes a necessity and make every effort to lessen the side effects caused by synthetics, with the goal of decreasing the need for additional and while supporting your effected organ systems.
Living a healthy, vibrant life is more than being symptom-free; we believe it is a combination of mental health, physical health, weight management, hormonal balance and ultimately aging gracefully and disease free.
Sir William Osler said, “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has. Variability is the law of life and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.”
The primary drivers of chronic disease epidemic are the complex daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional Medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web.
We work with patients every day to manage their health care abeling them to create and manage a lifestyle full of vitality and energy.