Functional medicine is a medical model based on prevention. We take our cars in for tune-ups to maintain their longevity and we routinely remodel, redecorate, and revamp our living space to prevent depreciation in value. So why is it that when it comes to our bodies we let them go until they are broken and then look for a quick fix to cover up the problem?
The solution is simple: using functional medicine for prevention. I’m often asked the question, what is functional medicine?
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease. Functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. You can take care of your body now, to increase longevity and quality of life long term. Nourish your body, move regularly, manage stress well, rest and rejuvenate. Alongside following these lifestyle habits and with the help of functional medicine and modern diagnostic testing, I can assess your nutrient status, look at hormones, gut health, toxic overload and genetic abnormalities to prevent disease. All of these can become abnormal prior to disease or symptoms starting. Essentially by understanding how your body works at a cellular level and what makes it unique, diseases can ultimately be prevented.
If symptoms are already present an imbalance is already present. The goal is to find out exactly what that is and to heal it from the inside out rather than suppressing the symptoms with medication.
For more information, take a look at this page from the Institute for Functional Medicine.