What is functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is a system-oriented, science based approach that involves taking a patient's biochemistry, physiology, genetics and environmental exposures into account when looking for the cause of a specific health issue or set of symptoms.
Why haven't I heard of it before?
The short answer is, you will. The long answer is that altering the course of traditional conventional treatment take a while. Functional medicine started in the early 1990s as the brainstorm of a few doctors headed by Jeffrey Bland, PhD. who were frustrated with health care delivery and treating symptoms rather than searching for the underlying cause of an illness. Now there are over 100,000 doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths and other health care providers who practice is this manner.
What can I expect?
A functional medicine practitioner would investigate what environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors may be contributing to your particular health concern. Numerous functions, such as poor diet, inactivity, hormonal imbalances, chronic inflammation can all have an impact on your overall health and well-being.
Core Principles of Functional Medicine
- An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness
- Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than a disease-centeered approach to treatment
- Search for a dynamic balace among the internal and external body, mind and spirit
- Interconnections of internal physiological factors
- Identifiacation of health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease, and emphasing those factors
- Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient
Functional Medicine Institute