Functional Medicine is a patient centered approach to healing, addressing imbalances and dysfunctions in the body’s organ systems, and at the cellular level, in order to reestablish normal function. The premise of Functional Medicine is that conditions such as diabetes, thyroid, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are manifestations or symptoms of an underlying dysfunction or imbalance in one or more of the body’s systems. By restoring normal physiology and removing potential barriers to the bodies normal metabolic pathways, the body is then in a much better position to heal itself.
Functional Medicine treats the patient as an individual and uses a thorough history and science based advanced laboratory testing to determine which approach to best take, addressing the underlying cause of the patient’s symptomatology vs. treating the symptoms, as is the case most often in conventional medicine. Treating the underlying root cause of the patient’s health condition has a much better chance of successfully resolving the patient’s health problem.
Functional Medicines Role in Today’s Healthcare
The health care system in the United States is in trouble. Although it has been great for addressing the acute care needs of individuals, it has failed miserably in addressing and taking care of chronic health problems.
In the case of trauma, acute infection, broken bones etc… we surely want well trained medical attention to address the crisis.
However, addressing chronic health problems such as thyroid, diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune disorders requires a much different approach if we want to move the patient towards health. The pandemic of thyroid issues, type II diabetes, obesity, food sensitivities and autoimmune disorders are a few strong indicators of the problem with modern medicines approach to handling these conditions. It isn’t working so well.
Functional Medicine Simplified
R1 Remove the Source
The removal of environmental toxins, toxic household products, heavy metals and biotoxins is critical to prevent continued inflammation and damage to the body. Read more…
R2 Regenerate the Cell Membrane
A healthy cell membrane allows nutrients to flow in and metabolic waste to flow out. When cell membranes become inflamed the cell becomes congested. Not only can nutrients not flow in, waste can not flow out, making the cell toxic. The inflamed cell membrane also blunts receptors necessary to “hear” hormones such as thyroid hormone (T3) and insulin. Read more…
R3 Restore Cellular Energy
The mitochondria in our cells produce ATP which we burn for energy. Depleted ATP leaves us no energy to detox or repair the cell in addition to being tired or causing lack of energy. Read more…
R4 Reduce Inflammation
Inflammation is driven by three major components. Bad sugars/grains, bad fats and toxins. Obviously most of this is dietary but toxins can be dietary or evironmental. Inflammation, oxidative stress (NO/ONNO Cycle) drive most of the conditions we see in our office. Read more…
R5 Reestablish Methylation
Methyl groups are needed in the body to turn the bodies stress response on and off. If we are in short supply of methyl groups, the body stay in a constant state of stress. Methyl groups also play a big role in cellular detox, glutathion production, DNA protection and epigenetics, all of which can be negatively impacted when methyl depleted. Read more…
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