What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is new way for Health Care Practitioners to think about and confront chronic health issues. It is an innovative approach using the latest medical research to develop personalized care for each person based on his or her unique environment, lifestyle and genes.

The result is a dynamic, effective way to address chronic disease that works.

– Institute for Functional Medicine, 2015

functional-medicineEssentially, when patients come to us for care, we aren’t simply treating symptoms (high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, elevated blood glucose, joint pain, etc.) with medications. Instead, we seek to remedy the underlying causes of those symptoms.

Have you ever been to your primary care doctor with symptoms only to be told everything looks okay, yet you know something is off? This is exactly where our medical sleuthing work really shines.

Functional Medicine Practitioners use specialized testing that digs deeper than conventional laboratory panels to look for things like nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, environmental toxins and hidden infections that could be keeping you from a state of health. As mentioned above, each person’s environment, lifestyle, and genes are considered when mitigating conditions and diseases.

It is an innovative approach using the latest medical research to develop personalized care for each person based on his or her unique environment, lifestyle and genes.

So, in Functional Medicine, treatment is not “one pill fits all”. In fact, we’d prefer to greatly reduce or eliminate the need for many medications. For you that means money saved on expensive prescriptions, and relief from the additional side effects they often produce.

Your body wants to be in a healthy state. When you treat the underlying reason for the problem and support the body to do its own work, a return to a healthy state is within reach. And we can work together to get there.