The Institute of Functional Medicine defines this science-based medical approach as “an evolution in the practice of medicine that better meets the healthcare needs of the 21st Century.” Functional Medicine is a shift away from the traditional focus on treating an isolated set off symptoms to treating the whole person. The Functional Medicine practitioner takes into account the individual genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that underlie complex, chronic diseases.
How is Functional Medicine different?
- Closing the gap between research and the way doctors practice medicine – Estimates are that there is a 50-year gap between the research of modern medical science and the way that most doctors practice medicine. Functional Medicine aims to close this gap by integrating emerging science with a patient-focused approach.
- Transforming from acute-care of general symptoms to long-term care of a unique person – Functional Medicine takes into account the inter-related web of factors that that affect complex, chronic diseases. Practitioners have the expertise to assist patients with strategies such as nutrition, diet, exercise and stress management to help prevent and treat the so-called ‘lifestyle’ diseases.
I believe that the Functional Medicine methodology is crucial to promoting health and well-being in the 21st Century. It is a balanced, integrated approach that combines the best of medical science with safe and effective patient care. Contact me for more information.