Instead of asking, “What drug matches up with this disease?” Functional Medicine looks to find the root cause involved with any loss of function. Symptoms are warning signs from your body that something is not functioning properly within you. Discovering why function is lost will often be found in the correct interpretation of your symptoms along with gathering the proper information from your health story and history.
The defining difference of Functional Medicine is that it asks a very important question in regards to a patient's challenges ...
Why has your body lost normal function and presented with a particular symptom or disease?
There are several basic principles that define Functional Medicine:
Believe it or not, many of these foundations of functional medicine are the same philosophical foundations of the chiropractic profession that has been naturally helping people achieve higher degrees of wellness for over a century!. There is a major overlap in what these two progressive health care fields understand as truth.
The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care. By listening to you and learning your personal story, we bring you into the discovery process and begin to customize treatments that address your unique needs. We look “upstream” to consider how all the parts of your life and body impact one another ... like a complex web. We must take into consideration your health history, your physiology, and your lifestyle when trying to discover the root cause and the best treatment for you. Your unique genetic makeup is also considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect your total functioning. Considering ALL of these things, we then ask ...
How do we restore proper function to your body?
How Does Functional Medicine "Treat" Health Challenges?
Using scientific principles, the latest advanced diagnostic testing and a toolbox full of holistic treatment options, we focus on proven and safe protocols to remove toxins (like heavy metals), opportunistic bacteria, active viruses, parasites, and other chemicals commonly found in our food supply and environment. We simultaneously incorporate techniques and tools to focus on healing the digestive system, clearing detoxification pathways, and supporting the immune system by restoring balance and proper tissue function to your body's primary physiological processes.
For long-term success, Functional Medicine uses two scientifically grounded principles in developing a plan of treatment:
REMOVE anything that gets in the body's way of moving toward it's natural (innate) state of optimal physiology; while simultaneously ADDING what is lacking in order to assist your physiology in returning to it's natural (innate) state of optimal function.
While diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease are very different in their diagnosis and traditional treatment, Functional Medicine recognizes underlying commonalities in these states of altered physiology. It's as if the diagnosis of the disease is just the tip of the iceberg, and the real cause of these health problems is actually below the surface. Treating the tip never allows the patient the freedom they often desire. We like to look under the water, under the hood, and under the dirt to discover the root cause ... so we can deliver the right solution and restore your health, life and freedom.
For example, conventional doctors would normally prescribe pharmaceuticals like Prilosec or Prevacid to treat acid reflux or heartburn. When the patient stops taking such drugs, the heartburn symptoms come back. In contrast, a Functional Medicine practitioner might find that a patient’s acid reflux is caused by Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Eradicating the Helicobacter pylori might very well lead to the end of heartburn symptoms, permanently.
Or in the case of an autoimmune condition, conventional medicine does not diagnose a problem until there is clear and visible destruction to the tissues of the body. In functional medicine, we work hard to uncover the underlying cause of a patients symptoms and intervene years and sometimes decades before the tissue damage would ever occur ... truly preventing the full blown disease. In the instance that an autoimmune condition is diagnosed, conventional medicine only offers steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication as a course of treatment. This type of treatment may leave the patient with less physical symptoms in the short term, but their future does not offer much hope in relief of the condition or less dependency on harmful medications. In fact, their risk of developing other autoimmune conditions is extremely high. In functional medicine, we implement a unique approach to healing the gut and repairing the immune system that in many cases, offers significant success in the reversal of their autoimmune state.
So now you must ask yourself, what type of "health care" would you rather participate in? If you want to learn more about how functional medicine can assist you or someone you love, please contact us for a complimentary introductory consultation with Dr. Lauren.