The focus in functional medicine involves viewing disease and chronic conditions as a function of imbalance in (1) environmental inputs, including nutrition, (2) GI function, (3) immune system function/inflammation, (4) oxidative stress, (5) detoxification/bio-transformation of the internal and external toxins (6) hormones and neurotransmitters and/or (7) structural alignment. In this model, the mind/spirit of the individual is considered the foundation for optimal health.
The functional medicine model of web-like interactions, which focuses on the pathophysiology of each chronic disease or condition, is based upon the theory of systems biology. Using a functional medicine approach we organize the major elements of the history (the story), the physical exam, and diagnostic data into the above categories (i.e. GI imbalance, hormone imbalance, environmental toxicity, inflammation).
Connecting Functional Medicines we are able to utilize evidence-based modern science, specialized lab testing, alongside nutrition, herbal and holistic lifestyle approaches to address the root cause of disease. This 360° analysis of your health guides the creation of a customized regimen specifically tailored for you
Hormone Health (Endocrinology)
Lifestyle Counseling and Wellness.
This is customized Integrative healthcare – designed to get to the root cause. Creating strategies for optimal health.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is a term that defines a movement of personalized medicine that focuses on prevention and underlying physiology versus symptoms for serious chronic disease. By analyzing and establishing a base line physiology through history, medical labs and integrative diagnostics, we can determine customized treatment strategies to bring into function an optimal state of health.
Functional medicine is a science-based field of healthcare that is grounded in the following principles:
Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals.
Patient-centered medicine emphasizes “patient care” rather than “disease care”
Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.
Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – an abundance of research now supports the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other.
Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.
Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance longevity and health span.