What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine combines the wisdom of time tested traditional medicines with some of the most cutting edge scientific advances in an approach to treating chronic ailments and disease that focuses on Root Cause Resolution.
Our practice uses Functional Medicine to address several common issues:
- Digestive Disorders
- Hormonal imbalances (Thyroid hormones, Adrenal hormones, Sex Hormones)
- Anxiety and Depression
- Auto-Immune disease
- Chronic Pain
- Difficulty Losing Weight
Additionally, we have a specialty in working with patients who have finished their treatment for Cancer, and are interested in restoring their health and vitality, optimizing their immune function, and giving themselves the best possible chance at long healthy life.
Perhaps best thing about focusing on treating the Root Causes of disease is that in doing so, many different areas of a patients health improve as well. Our patient Dan is a great example of what is possible:
Who is an ideal patient for Functional Medicine?
Our idea patient has a couple of characteristics:
- They are interested in dealing with the root cause of their issue rather than taking a pill that masks their symptoms.
- They are willing to make changes in their diet and lifestyle to address their health concerns.
- They are interested in playing an active role in their own health, rather than expecting that healthcare will just happen to them.
During our initial Case Review appointment we go through a very detailed medical history with each patient. Based on what we learn, we then will order the lab testing that is appropriate for each patient’s complaints and goals. At the end of our initial appointment, we will usually go over individualized dietary recommendations that each patient can implement right away to start on their road to healing.
Once we receive the results back from the labs, we meet again to review our findings and treatment plans which usually include dietary changes, lifestyle modification, exercise counseling, and targeted nutritional supplements. Depending on each patients specific needs, we will meet with them as needed to provide the guidance, support and coaching that they need to reach their health goals. At the appropriate junctures, we utilize retesting to make sure that our treatments have had the desired effects.