What is Functional Medicine? 2018-03-01T07:01:19+00:00

What is Functional Medicine?

 

unctional medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare in that it works to understand and correct symptoms from the inside out. Rather than looking at the body as separate parts or systems and working to “fix” individual parts with surgeries and drugs, functional medicine sees the body as one complete being—where the function of each organ, cell and tissue works in harmony with the rest. By balancing the body’s systems and adjusting lifestyle issues that contribute to illness and disease, whole-body healing is found.

From chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension, to autoimmune disease and hormonal imbalance, down to anxiety, depression, allergies and more, functional medicine seeks to find the root cause of health issues. Whether you are experiencing insomnia, weight gain, aches and pains or fatigue, there is a root cause behind your suffering which functional medicine aims to identify and heal.

When these underlying dysfunctions behind your symptoms are addressed through diagnostic testing, we work to restore proper function through using targeted lifestyle changes, nutritionally balanced eating and a customized supplement program. We work to restore proper function while reducing symptoms and the need for medication.

In other words, we do not only restore health, but we help restore LIFE—naturally, safely and effectively.

TEST, DON’T GUESS

Why would you guess with your most important asset, your health? There are millions of things you could do or take to try and get well, but without testing you are simply guessing. As a Functional Medicine clinic, we test and never guess what your body needs. This will give you the best chance to succeed.

We don’t run just your basic blood test that your doctor runs once a year. Our testing may include comprehensive blood testing, holistic lab testing and genetic testing to help you discover where the imbalances in your body exist. We seek to identify the root cause for your loss of function, and discover the “why” behind your suffering.

In order to help you, we need to answer 3 fundamental questions:
– What is dysfunctional?
– Why is the dysfunction happening?
– And most importantly, how do we correct the dysfunction?

No quick fixes, no gimmicks, and no magical cures. We use scientifically accepted protocols that help accelerate the healing process by offering you natural and targeted solutions based on your unique health picture. No “one size fits all” approach here!

Why choose Integrative Wellness Centers?

Reason #1: Science-based approach

We don’t guess we test. Our in-depth testing allows us to see what it is that is wrong. We can then explain why it is happening, and how it is happening, and how it is we can help you fix it.

Reason #2: We don’t fight disease and illness, we promote health

All too often doctors are focused on naming or treating disease or symptoms but spend little if any time explaining to patients what they can do to take back control of their lives.

Reason #3: Real life patient results

We have a proven system that has helped over a thousand patients get well and stay well. Our team of doctors is dedicated to staying up to date with the current research and the most advanced natural treatment methods available. We are continually expanding our knowledge to better serve you.

Reason #4: Much more than your typical doctor’s office

We don’t simply recommend supplements and a few dietary changes, but we encourage you to learn a new approach to life. We offer cooking classes, grocery store tours, wellness workshops, nutritional and wellness coaching, we have a lending library of suggested movies, and even assign homework. This really can be a mind-body-spirit transformation ~ we empower you to take ownership of your health!

Functional Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine

Functional Medicine

  • INVESTIGATIVE
    It treats symptoms by addressing underlying cause of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer lasting results.

  • HOLISTIC
    Treats the body as an interconnected whole and recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease.

  • SAFE
    Treatments have mild or no side effects, and other unrelated complaints often improve spontaneously.

  • PATIENT CENTERED
    Treats the patient, not the disease. Treatments are highly individualized based on patient’s needs.

  • PARTICIPATORY
    Patient is respected, empowered, educated, and encouraged to play an active role in the healing process.

  • INTERROGATIVE
    Combines the best of both modern and traditional medicines and emphasizes the important of diet and lifestyle.

  • RESTORATIVE
    Tests and treatments designed to promote optimal function, prevent and reverse disease, and improve quality of life.

  • PREVENTATIVE
    Guided by the saying of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

  • PREVENTATIVE
    Guided by the saying of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

  • EVIDENCE-BASED
    Based on the latest research from peer-reviewed medical journals. Cost are sometimes are higher initially but substantial savings can occur because of liberation from conventional medicine.

Conventional Medicine

  • SUPERFICIAL
    Masks or suppresses symptoms, but does not address underlying cause, which creates “patients for life.”

  • DUALISTIC
    Views the body as a collection of separate parts, each of which
    has its own doctor (i.e. cardiologist, podiatrist, etc.).

  • SIDE EFFECTS
    Treatments have side effects and complications.

  • DISEASE CENTERED
    Treats the disease, not the patient. Patients with the same disease get the same treatment, regardless of their differences.

  • AUTOCRACTIC
    Patient’s opinion is often discounted or ignored, little time is spent on education, and patient may be discouraged from playing active role.

  • LIMITED
    Relies almost exclusively on drugs and surgery, in spite of their risks and complications.

  • PALLIATIVE
    Tests and treatments designed to prevent death and manage serious disease, without dealing with the underlying cause.

  • REACTIVE
    Focused on managing disease after it has already reached an irreversible state.

  • PROFIT-DRIVEN
    Heavily influenced by profit-driven pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Designed to create a greater dependence the sicker you become, therefore gets more costly the longer you participate.

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In our office, there are Five Pillars or fundamentals to healing the body. Through these Five Pillars, we will be able to restore your body, your mind and your wellbeing to their highest levels so that you may feel like your most vibrant self again

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