What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is a science-based health care approach to assess, prevent and treat complex chronic disease. It is a new model of medicine that has evolved through the efforts of scientists and clinicians from the fields of clinical nutrition, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, conventional medicine, and a wide array of scientific disciplines. Functional medicine evaluates the body as a whole with special attention to the relationship of one body system to another and the nutrient imbalances and toxic overload that may adversely affect these relationships.
Through functional medicine, we find the underlying cause of your condition instead of just treating symptoms. We look at many factors that contribute to your health. These include genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.
How Is Functional Medicine Different?
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease.
Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:
The focus of functional medicine is on promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.
An integrative, science-based healthcare approach.
Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is evaluated, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
Embraces “alternative” or “integrative” medicine.
Functional medicine embraces “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 recommended supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
Many chronic conditions in the body are caused by everyday factors like the environment, nutrition, and exercise. Functional Medicine looks for the root cause, treat the cause, and alleviate symptoms without medications.
Functional medicine is a very individualized and personalized approach to medicine with a focus on root cause rather than symptomology.
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
Blood tests have been used as a tool for determining health status for a long time. However, conventional blood tests have been used mainly for diagnosing disease.
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis is a new approach and one of the best methods to identify underlying biochemical and nutritional imbalances that dictate the health status. Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis helps to interpret blood test markers and understand these imbalances to prevent disease before it affects one’s health.
Traditional medical lab ranges are looking for disease pathologies where as functional lab ranges are looking at the physiological changes of organ systems that happen before a disease occurs.
They are also known as optimal ranges and pathological ranges. Test values that fall between optimal ranges and pathological ranges are considered sub-clinical and may indicate the beginning stages of disease. In other words, there might be a condition that isn’t bad enough to be treated medically.
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis provides a great deal of information about your health status. This comprehensive analysis helps to decode blood markers to understand nutritional needs for achieving and maintaining health.
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