The Functional Medicine Approach
Functional Medicine is a whole body, systems–based approach to illness and health that focuses on the identification of the root cause of disease and then addresses the root cause through natural treatment approaches. A single symptom or differential diagnosis may be only one of many contributing factors to an individual’s illness.
The graphic below illustrates how a diagnosis is often the result of more than just one cause. For example, joint pain from arthritis can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation, diet, genetics (although this is a smaller portion than most people think), environmental factors and many others.
Likewise, something like inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses depending on the patient, including arthritis, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal distress, autoimmunity and the list goes on.
The exact development and presentation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right root cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression. Are you ready to get off the prescription drug merry-go-round - are you tired of taking one drug and needing one or two more to counteract the side effects from the first one? Are you ready to address the root cause of your condition(s)/not feeling well and take back your life? Take the next step forward for YOUR HEALTH today by calling to set up your first appointment.
Some of our functional medicine offerings include the following:
- Food sensitivity testing - blood testing through immunoglobulins (IgG and IgA as well as optional IgE testing)
- Hormone testing
- Gastrointestinal testing - utilizing cutting-edge technologies and biomarkers, this profile offers valuable insight into digestive function, intestinal inflammation and the intestinal microbiome
- Micronutrient testing - micronutrients, as opposed to macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat), are comprised of vitamins and minerals which are required in small quantities to ensure normal metabolism, growth and physical well‐being. Nearly 60% of people who take a daily multivitamin are still deficient in many micronutrients so this testing can aid in restoring optimal health.
- Standard blood labs such as CBC, CMP, vitamin D levels, cholesterol, thyroid, etc.
- ...many more