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Have you visited your doctor, been treated and still feel sick? Or are you on medication that is only partially helping or has harmful side effects? That’s when you should consider trying functional medicine.
Functional medicine is a relatively new way of looking at health with tremendous success. It uses a different approach and model for preventing or eliminating chronic illness. It focuses on treating the entire individual, rather than a set of symptoms. Functional medicine is medicine by cause, not by symptom.
If you have chronic pain, we call it fibromyalgia. If you have high blood sugar, we call it diabetes. If you have a elevated TSH, we call it hypothyroid. If you have high blood pressure or cholesterol, we call it cardiovascular disease.
But those are simply names we give to conditions shared by a group of people. The causes are multiple and different in each patient, and thus the treatments should be different and personalized depending on the causes. But yet they're not. Everybody is on the same drugs.
Functional medicine doctors spend time with their patients. Together, they discuss not only medical symptoms, but also diet, nutrition, traumas, lifestyle and any exposures to toxins. Next, they collaborate to address the underlying causes of disease through extensive testing.
A disease can have more than one imbalance or cause that needs to be treated. For example, Diabetes can be the result of imbalances in inflammation, hormones, gut flora, genetics, diet, or exposure to environmental toxins. Similarly, one imbalance — such as inflammation — can cause many conditions such as cardiovascular disease or fibromyalgia. Functional medicine studies these complexities and believes restoring balance is key to restoring health.
Customized treatment plans are based upon each individual. Your distinct & extensive laboratory findings will dictate what treatment is right for you.
There is no "one size fits all". You are your own unique person, with health concerns specific to you. Finding the underlying causes to your specific concerns will allow us to formulate a treatment plan that is effective with immediate results.
These plans are designed to help patients reverse the specific imbalances that are causing their disease or prevent chronic conditions from occurring in the first place.