We believe that the human body has the capacity to achieve a state of health, even if it has been lost. ‘Diseases’ are simply the labels given to a collection of symptoms that represent a breakdown in the way the body should be working! In our culture, we have been led to believe that there is a drug for every condition. Unfortunately, that approach usually treats only the symptoms and NOT the cause of the problem.
We are Future Docs!
In the future, more and more doctors will practice Functional Medicine…a third type of medicine completely that is not traditional nor is it alternative. We listen to you, we examine you, and we run extensive testing on you to get a clear picture of how your body is working. We don’t focus on just the symptom or problem area, we look at the entire system – BECAUSE YOUR BODY IS ONE INTEGRATED UNIT! Everything affects everything else. We don’t take shortcuts.
“Functional medicine is a third and completely different discipline. Functional medicine’s uniqueness stems from its heavy reliance on certain basic sciences – toxicology, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and genetics – which in widely varying degrees are part of the educational curricula of all licensed healthcare professionals. These basic sciences are also referred to as “pure sciences” because they conform more rigorously to scientific method.
Functional medicine differs from conventional or alternative medicine because it conforms to a far more rigid code of scientific method. Like their conventional or alternative medicine counterparts, a functional medicine practitioner begins by making a presumptive diagnosis based on the initial examination. But unlike their conventional or alternative medicine colleagues, a functional medicine practitioner bases their next inquiry on hundreds of thousands of amassed, peer-reviewed studies, which have proven beyond a shadow of doubt that toxicological, biochemical, structural, physiological and genetic abnormalities are the root cause of their patient’s diagnosis and/or symptoms. An extensive battery of laboratory and/or radiological tests is then typically ordered to determine if the expected causative abnormalities are present or not. Guesswork is thus avoided, intuition is unnecessary and factual evidence is gathered.”
– Charles Gant, MD, PhD. (Definition of Functional Medicine)
We are all similar, but not the same
Biochemical individuality describes the importance of the variations in people’s metabolism that comes from genetic differences and environmental exposures.
Patient-centered medicine emphasizes “patient care” rather than “disease care,” following Sir William Osler’s admonition that “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has.”
Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.
There is so much going on inside you at any given moment. You are essentially a huge collection of chemical reactions happening instantaneously without you having to coordinate them consciously. 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 on their own and without effect on each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease, that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances, and that environmental exposures can create neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease.
Health is a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.
Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances as well as structural imbalances from cellular membrane function to the musculoskeletal system.
Imbalances such as these are the precursors to the signs and symptoms by which we detect and label (diagnose) organ system disease. Improving balance – in the patient’s environment and in the body’s fundamental physiology – is the precursor to restoring health and it involves much more than treating the symptoms. Functional medicine is dedicated to improving the management of complex, chronic disease by intervening at multiple levels to address these core clinical imbalances and to restore each patient’s functionality and health. Functional medicine is not a unique and separate body of knowledge.
It is grounded in scientific principles and information widely available in medicine today, combining research from various disciplines into highly detailed yet clinically relevant models of disease pathogenesis and effective clinical management.
We strive to be the best and affiliate with the most knowledgeable doctors in each field. You can rest assured that we will do whatever it takes to care for our patients, even if it means that we have another specialist take over their care.
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