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Functional Medicine

29
Nov

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional, Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine is a new form of medicine that is personalized, preventive, and predictive. It is a wellness oriented approach to care, built on the latest breakthroughs in research across diverse medical and health care disciplines.
It addresses the underlying root cause of chronic disease, offering a comprehensive approach for treating the individual patient, not just the symptoms.  It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. We spend time with our patients, listening to their complex stories and evaluating the interaction between genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can affect long-term health and complex, chronic disease.
It is far better to prevent illness and build health than it is to treat disease when it has already taken hold. 
 
WHY DO WE NEED FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DOCTORS?
 
The health care system is in crisis.  Rates of doctor dissatisfaction are at an all time high, and patients suffer the consequences of a system that cares more about cost savings than instituting measures to improve health. Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders like Chrohns disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
Integrative medicine is helping to heal a broken health care system where doctors care for their patients differently and speak a new language of health and wellness, fueled by the latest scientific approaches.
HOW IS OUR PRACTICE OF FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DIFFERENT?
Patient-centered care: We take the time required to listen intently and develop a strategic diagnostic and treatment regime that is individualized for each patient.  We expect patients to feel better in less than 30 days.
Integrative science based  healthcare approach: We focus on prevention through diet, nutrition, and exercise. We use specialized laboratory testing to measure DNA variants, gastrointestinal function, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, and heavy metal burden. We use a combination of botanical, herbal, nutritional supplements, therapeutic and detoxification dietary programs, and lifestyle modifications to improve vitality, well-being, and longevity.

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