WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?

Functional medicine is a therapeutic partnership between both the patient and the practitioner to address the underlying causes of disease. Functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioner listens to patients health histories and “digs deeper” into the interaction among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.

WHY DO WE NEED FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?

Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as GI disorders, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis which can lead to more illness than wellness. The acute care system of medicine is not equipped to address complex, chronic diseases.

HOW IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DIFFERENT?

Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic diseases. Functional medicine approach includes:

Patient-centered care 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 considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.

Integrating best functional nutrition practices.

Functional nutrition focuses on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION?

  • Functional nutrition involves finding the right way for each of us as individuals to eat—using a “Food as Medicine” focus with whole, clean, colorful, therapeudic foods for the body to thrive and function for optimal health and wellness.

  • Each therapeudic meal plan is based on an individuals needs, preferences, genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors which makes them unique in their healing journey.

  • This is personal lifestyle medicine for longevity. Functional Nutrition offers the concepts, strategies, and tools to make that happen! 

A therapeutic partnership with a IFM certified practitioner is key to getting to root cause of chronic illness. Fill out the forms today for a free consultation.

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