TGIF: Functional Medicine is the Future of Medicine

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Watch a video here, where a functional medicine physician describes the Functional Medicine Triangle of Health.

Functional medicine is a medical approach that focuses on identifying the causes of disease rather than treating the symptoms.  It seeks to understand the origins of chronic disease so that meaningful treatment and prevention methods can be developed and implemented.  The functional medicine approach is a partnership between the patient and the doctor.  The goal of this partnership is to bring the patient back to health as well as to teach the patient about the core principles of health maintenance and prevention.

The philosophy recognizes that each patient is a unique individual with a unique set of genetics and biochemistry, as well as a unique set of environmental and lifestyle factors.  These genetic/environment interactions are complex not simple.  Thus a person could potentially have the same disease with a completely different set of causes.  To that end, the approach of functional medicine relies less on synthetic drugs and more on the thorough investigation of a patient using the following tools:

  • Comprehensive medical history
  • Evaluation of the patient’s lifestyle and environmental factors.
  • Functional outcomes based laboratory workup vs. static labs based on standard deviation bell curves of an assumed normal range.
  • Comprehensive physical evaluation
  • Education based approach so that ultimately the patient is less dependent on the doctor to maintain their health.

Mainstream medicine is problem focused.  Drugs are prescribed to mask symptoms without concern for the root cause of the disease.  Drug companies have a huge influence over what is being taught in medical schools.  Additionally, drug companies are allowed to advertise to consumers directly.  Both of these practices are extremely unethical and lead to numerous problems.

The new health care bill created socialized medicine.  What does this mean for you?  Free care that doesn’t work for chronic health conditions! Medicine is the largest business in the world despite the fact that it has perpetually failed it’s customers.  Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases continue to increase and spiral out of control.  What is mainstream’s solution?  More drugs? Drugs only mask the underlying cause of disease.  If drugs haven’t worked to date, why are they perpetually pushed down our throats as the solution?

The Functional Medicine approach is to treat the patient and identify the cause for their problem vs. medicating symptoms.  The only way success can be achieved is to educate the patient on why the illness exists in the first place.  Mainstream medicine places the patient in the role of a victim.  Functional medicine empowers the patient with education so that health can be restored.

  • DNA is influenced by the three outer triangles (these outer triangles represent the environment)
  • Biochemistry = Nutrition (vitamins, minerals, water, etc)  Additionally, food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities affect biochemistry as do pollution in the air and water.
  • Physical = structure.  For example, being 20 pounds overweight causes excessive pressure on your heart, blood vessels, joints, and more.  Exercise greatly influences the physical aspect of the Triangle of Health.
  • Mental = your psychological and spiritual state of mind.

If you are tired of a 50 minute wait for the doctor followed by a 5 minute consult and a quick drug prescription fix, you are in the right place.  Functional medicine is on the cutting edge of medicine.  What we do in the office today to help patients will be common place in medicine in ten years or so.  Do you have 10 years to wait to get healthy?

Our wish is to have everyone say,  “I didn’t know I could feel this good!” Because we treat the person, not the disease, and deal with the core systems of the body, we can address any condition — either from a curative or supportive standpoint. Here is just a partial list of problems we specialize in:

  • Brain Wellness
  • Heart Health
  • Detoxification and Healing
  • Healthy Weight and Metabolism
  • Healthy Aging
  • Fatigue
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Elevated Cholesterol
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Environmental and Food Allergies
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Mercury and Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Thyroid and Adrenal Disorders
  • Female Disorders (PMS, Menopause, Infertility)
  • Eczema/Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • GERD/Reflux
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Osteoporosis

If you would like to see how Functional Medicine can change your life for the better, please call (304) 263-4927 today to schedule an appointment.

Sources: http://towncenterwellness.com/announcements/functional-medicine-is-the-future-of-medicine/

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/08/08/functional-medicine-how-to-access-the-future-of-medicine-now/

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