Functional Medicine

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 into the long term success of eliminating your symptoms without leaving you dependent on medication.

What does functional medicine offer you?

Any complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis can be treated with the end in mind of re-establishing 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.

  • Patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. This means that we want optimal health for you as the patient. If you had ever had blood tests done by us you would have noticed when we look at blood test results we are interested in optimum results and not just average range. An example would be Vitamin D. The reference range of laboratories is that anything above 30 is normal. We aim for above 50 blood levels to improve your health long-term.
  • An integrative – science-based approach. Functional medicine practitioners look ‘upstream’ to consider the complex web of interactions in your history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. Your unique genetic makeup is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. An example of this would be a patient that indicated their problem started 6 years ago after an emergency appendectomy. She has never been well since. This is an important factor that was active when the physiology went out of balance. The time factor, no matter how long ago it happened, is of utmost importance.
  • Integrating the best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with ‘alternative’ or ‘integrative’ medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs or stress management techniques. So you get the best of both worlds – the science and the medicine with no harmful chemicals.

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 ASSESSMENT

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:

  • Environmental inputs – The air you breathe, the water you drink, the particular diet you eat, the quality of the food available to you, your level of physical exercise, toxic exposures or traumas you have experienced.
  • Mind-Body Connections – Psychological, spiritual, and social factors all can have a profound influence on your health. Considering these areas helps us see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just physical symptoms.
  • Genetic Makeup – Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes are activated and expressed (this is called epigenetics). A recent study showed that eating a healthy meal can suppress some genes within 6 hours.

UNDERSTANDING KEY PROCESSES IN FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE 

– How your body rids itself of toxins

– Regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters

– Immune system function

– Digestion and absorption of nutrients

– Structural integrity

– Psychological equilibrium

– Energy production

 

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 them as well as 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.

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