Why should you consider working with a Functional Medicine Practitioner?
As Functional Medicine Practitioners we promote wellness by focusing on the underlying factors that influence your experience of health and disease. This means our interest is to treat the underlying cause of disease. This translates in long term success of eliminating your symptoms without being dependant on medication.
What does functional medicine offer you?
Any complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness and auto immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis can be treated with the end in mind which is to re-establish normal physiological function of the body and in doing so eliminating or decreasing symptoms significantly.
How is functional medicine different?
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of complex, chronic disease.
WORKING WITH US AS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS
We promote wellness by focusing on the underlying factors that influence every patient’s experience of health and disease.
THE FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE APPROACH TO ASSESMENT
As functional medicine practitioners we are trained to assess the patient’s clinical imbalances through careful case history, physical examination and laboratory testing, considering multiple factors:
Why do we want to know the root cause?
If we understand the root factors contributing to your health we can better treat long term health and longevity. Rather than focusing only on symptoms we look at and the systems of biology like: detox, hormones, digestion and further reflecting on lifestyle factors like diet genetics and stress, beliefs.How do we find out the root causes?
By reflecting upon the contributing factors at the root level. These include stress, diet, exercise, genetics, sleep and emotional health. Blood and functional tests are used to gather information about the root level (the cause). These are the building blocks from which the systems function and produce the symptoms.
|Lets look at an example how Functional Medicine has helped one of Dr Sandra’s patientsReal life example:A patient I saw was a lady in her early forties who was complaining of having no energy, she was exhausted, she felt like she couldn’t even stay awake driving the kids to school in the morning yawning uncontrollably and she was drinking a lot of coffee to stay awake. She wasn’t interested in her usual activities and hadn’t been able to bake or cook with her usual enthusiasm. Her libido was non existent and it was really starting to affect her relationship with her husband. She was irritable with the children and emotional sensitive all the time too.We agreed that we needed to gather some more information and do some blood tests. Her results came back with very low levels of Vit D, she had a lot of inflammation showing up in her bloods, and her thyroid was completely out of balance.She was really motivated to make some changes in her life because she is still so young and needs a lot of energy to be a mom, a wife, run her home, and work.We changed her diet, gave her some supplements, supported her thyroid gland. We retested her bloods every three months to make sure everything was working well and changed her medications accordingly.
After 9 months of treatment all her inflammation is gone, her thyroid levels have improved and she is back to baking and cooking. She has even taken up yoga and art classes. She has so much more energy and feels she relates better to her children and husband than ever before.
By this example we see how an approach looking at many angles has shifted her towards improved health and away from disease and better quality of life. Diet, exercise, relaxing response, supplements as a complex approach has helped her a great deal.
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