Restoring physiological, psychological, and structural balance by focusing on the unique aspects of each patient is the integrative, science-based approach to health care otherwise known as functional medicine.
Taking care of our body, watching our diet, and reducing the use and dependency on pharmaceutical cocktails are some of the functional approaches to functional medicine. A lot of people would say, that’s the way to go. However, over the last one hundred years, our conventional medical system we know today is a far cry from functional.
Diagnosing a disease and then match that up with the corresponding drug is the name of the game these days. Your back hurts? Take some opioids. Your tummy hurts? Take a stomach pill. Have you had side effects from the pills you took? Take more pills! And the vicious cycle goes on and on.
Why Take a Functional Approach To My Medical Treatment?
Of all the industrialized nations out there, the US has the most chronic diseases and the least long lifespan. That proves that spending the most on healthcare than the other top spending countries combined means that throwing money at an issue doesn’t always make it better.
Yes, the US has great advancements in life-saving surgeries and emergency care, but it also has the worst mortality rate for nutritional deficiencies among all developed countries!
When it comes to longevity and chronic health conditions- something is seriously wrong, and when it comes to conventional methods of medicine-we are in darkness.
Functional medicine is breaking down the barriers, shining a light, and offering sustainable, effective, and life-altering health solutions that start with you- the patient.
This new age of healthcare has come.
Reasons Functional Medicine Can Help Me:
Interprets Labs Differently
A functional medical lab will be able to shine a light on those questions and concerns commonly unanswered by the standard model of care.
We’ve all gone to the doctor to find out why we are struggling with a health concern, only to come back from the lab and be told “You’re normal. Nothing is wrong.” You leave with no answers or solutions feeling worse than you did before you arrived.
What is normal anyway? A typical lab has a range of reference that tells the doctor what is considered normal. Anything outside this range is high or low. This range is determined by a statistical average of the population for that particular lab.
If the lab shows a number one away from being outside the range, you are labeled normal, but a disease doesn’t magically appear once you are outside of that range. You are either trending toward disease, outside of the range of reference, or you are trending towards optimal health, which is within the range.
More Extensively Ran Labs
Functional medicine goes above and beyond the generic label of your ailment to look at the full picture of your physiology. On top of rendering an explanation of your lab like a mainstream medical practitioner does, a functional medicine perspective will take into account any underlying deficiencies, infections, imbalances, and dysfunctions.
Taking a functional view of your lab will give you amazing insight into the small pieces of your health puzzle that are consistently overlooked by your general practitioner.
Natural Treatments Are Medical Options
A functional approach to medicine does not mean you stop taking your medications. Instead, it asks what a patient’s most effective options are and how to treat the ailment with minimal side effects. If big pharma has the answer and fits the criteria then maybe it is the patient’s best option. Often though, it isn’t.
The father of modern medicine Hippocrates was a big believer in food is medicine and vice versa. Functional medicine agrees with him. They use food to address underlying dysfunctions. To support regular healthy functions.
In A Nutshell:
Everybody is different and everybody needs targeted care. What works for one person may not work for the other. Same for natural and food options. Functional medicine practitioners tailor the program to the individual need. There is no magical pill or one size fits all approach to healthcare.
Today is a new day for functional medicine. Many patients are hopeful. Now they wish to share information. Taking a functional approach means to do what is best for you! Always talk to your doctor when wanting to try something new. Always be open to other science-based options. They are working for people across the globe. The future is here in every way. Carpe diem my friends!