What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a systems-oriented approach to medicine that focuses on:
  • identifying
  • understanding
  • addressing the underlying or root cause(s) of disease
  • empowering patients to take an active role in their health

Functional Medicine is deeply science based and incorporates:
  • genetic science
  • systems biology
  • environmental factors
  • lifestyle factors

Functional Medicine is highly personalized. Rather than simply making a diagnosis and attempting to treat symptoms, it asks:
  • “Why do we have this problem in the first place?”
  • “Why has function been lost?”
  • “What can we do to restore function?”

Functional Medicine Practitioners:
  • concentrate on assessing the underlying causes of complex and chronic diseases.
  • spend extended time with patients listening to their stories.
  • at the interactions that influence long-term health/complex chronic illnesses
    • genetic
    • environmental
    • lifestyle factors
  • look to find the root cause involved with function
  • a dynamic treatment plan including
    • dietary changes
    • lifestyle changes
    • nutritional supplements
    • therapeutic treatments
  • partner with the patients and encourage active participation in their care

Functional Medicine may include:
  • genetic consults and data analysis
  • autoimmune protocol
  • gut health protocol
  • comprehensive stool testing and analysis
  • Lyme disease and tick-borne illness testing
  • therapeutic IVs for nutritional support
  • food and environmental allergy testing
  • complex health issues/chronic illnesses/multifaceted health issues
  • preventative care/aging well
  • anti-aging medicine