What Is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a systems based approach that focuses on identifying and solving the cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many combined factors to an individual’s illness. Functional Medicine views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of separate organs. Functional medicine treats the whole body, not just the symptoms to get lasting change. You’ve probably heard the term, “Holistic Approach” to medicine, well Functional Medicine has a similar intent.
By addressing root cause, rather than treating symptoms, the goal to is to pinpoint the complexity of the disease. One condition may have many different causes and, likewise, one cause may be the result of many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
Why is Functional Medicine Needed More Than Ever Now In Traverse City?
- Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
- Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
- There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
- Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
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