What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Diagnostic Medicine is a growing field of modern medicine. It offers a giant step forward in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of many chronic diseases.
Because our team practices functional diagnostic medicine, we are able to identify the real causes of many health conditions by combining the results of scientifically documented tests. These are not your standard medical tests – they go the next level investigating the biochemical and metabolic glitches likely to cause a specific disease process.
Based on the results of these tests, we are able to develop personalized, patient specific treatment protocols designed to reverse, stop or prevent the disease and its related symptoms.
FUTURE OF MEDICINE
The Functional Medicine approach is designed to significantly improve health. While a person’s disease is not ignored, the focus of therapy is to improve health through optimizing body functions.
This is a highly individualized process. No two people’s treatment is the same.
When successful, symptoms will diminish in severity. The individual will begin to experience a renewed sense of well-being and a significant increase in health and vitality.
SYMPTOMS ARE WARNINGS
Just like the red warning light in your car that flashes when there is a problem with your engine, a physical symptom is a signal telling you that an underlying health problem needs to be corrected.
THE MISSED DIAGNOSIS
Traditionally trained health professionals typically interpret symptoms as indicators of a specific illness. This approach often fails to identify the real cause of the condition, especially in cases of chronic illness. Most traditional treatments tend to be heavily dependent upon pharmaceutical drugs. Again, this approach does not address the underlying cause of the condition. Further, many drugs have toxic side effects and cover up symptoms, making additional attempts at diagnosis even less reliable.
Functional Medicine practitioners are particularly good at addressing the needs of those suffering from incorrectly or partially diagnosed chronic health problems which, in many cases, have yet to manifest as a specific disease.
DETECTION AND PREVENTION
Many serious health conditions develop over years of undiagnosed and seemingly unrelated symptoms. Therefore, the detection and treatment of health issues at their point of earliest inception has consequences reaching far beyond the alleviation of symptoms.