The mainstream medical system is largely focused on acute care – diagnosing and treating a specific illness or trauma with specific drugs or surgeries. This model works very well for problems like strep throat or a broken leg. However, it is not designed or equipped to address the complex, chronic diseases that afflict our society today.
Even more troubling is the fact that there is an estimated 50-year gap between the newest science research and its integration into real-world medical practice.
This is where functional medicine comes in.
Functional medicine bridges the gap between science research and medical practice. It is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach with a focus on biochemical individuality, the interconnectedness of body systems, and a person's unique genetic makeup.
Practitioners of functional medicine consider all aspects of a person's health including emotions, social and geographical influences, and environmental toxicities. They use advanced laboratory testing that provides detailed information about hormones, nutrient status, detoxification capacity and more.
Functional medicine does not reject all of conventional medicine, nor does it accept all natural therapies without careful criticism.
Just like naturopathic medicine, functional medicine emphasizes prevention and recognizes that chronic disease is preceded by long-term imbalances that can be stopped and reversed.
For you, this means getting to the root causes of your issues so that you can finally get the answers you've been looking for.