What is Functional Medicine??
Functional Medicine is a form of healthcare that finds, then treats, underlying dysfunctions in the body that contribute to disease. It views the body as an integrated, whole unit. By contrast, conventional medicine often treats diseases with medications that suppress symptoms rather than addressing the causes of disease. It views the body as a group of separate organs for which specialists are required. Conventional medicine is a godsend for many illnesses, for example, for infectious diseases like tuberculosis that can be cured by antibiotics or an acute injury for which you need surgery. However, when it comes to most chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer's disease, autoimmune conditions and many more, that approach tends not to work well.
Because when you take medications for chronic disease, the medications usually only treat symptoms, not the cause. If you do not address the root cause of disease, those same issues remain, which in turn often cause a different form of disease.
For example, if you have Type 2 Diabetes or Prediabetes, as do 100 million Americans today, and simply take medications to lower your blood sugar, you may indeed accomplish the goal of lowering your blood sugar. However high blood sugar is in itself only a symptom of the larger issue: a lifestyle that includes issues such as poor diet, insufficent physical exercise, stress, and more. If those root causes of the disease of diabetes are not addressed, you are likely to develop other chronic diseases, such as hypertension, obesity and heart disease, which all have the same risk factors, or causes.
According to the CDC, 75% of the nation's aggregate healthcare dollars are spent on chronic disease. Nearly 50% of Americans have at LEAST one chronic disease. So not only does conventional medicine work to heal chronic disease, 50% of us are sick and it costs us a LOT of money.
How I can help:
First, we do testing to find the root cause of your symptoms/disease. The testing you need cannot be obtained from your traditional medical doctor. We must use cutting-edge specialty functional medicine testing to dig deeper. You will be sent specific kits in the mail to complete at home or at your local laboratory. These tests look at gut health, heavy metals, nutrient levels, metabolism rate, and much more. The tests not only tell us what's going on in the body right now; they act as a crystal ball into the future, showing us health issues that can lead to diseases like heart disease, autoimmune disease or cancer.
Once we get the results, we can start the process of removing what is causing the problem and adding in what will support the body in its return to health. The body is amazing in its ability to heal itself when the conditions are right!
We will not stop there. What good are changes if they don't stick?? Unlike an MD, I do not simply tell you WHAT to do; I work SIDE BY SIDE with you as a partner to support you in creating a realistic plan so that changes you make will LAST. Together, we find out what matters to YOU, what motivates YOU and what sort of support YOU need to make changes. I know that you are an individual and that transforming your health isn't as simple as popping a few vitamins!
I will be there to support you every step of the way.