WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?


“Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual”.

– The IFM

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.

It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying cause of disease and ill-health.

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  • Functional Medicine offers a powerful new operating system and clinical model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease to replace the outdated and ineffective acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century.

  • Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.

  • Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalised medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.

WHAT TO EXPECT

I will use Functional Medicine to search for the underlying triggers and causes of your symptoms/illness. I will look at the possible nutritional and biochemical imbalances that may be contributing to your health challenges and preventing you from reaching optimal health after treatment of your cancer. I will go through a deep dive into your health, highlighting any underlying dysfunctions and imbalances which are causing you to be fatigued, experience sub-optimal health or preventing you from being the best you can be. This deep dive is rarely undertaken in traditional medical and health settings. I will then customize a health, restoration, recovery and resilience program to your specific needs as an individual – interventions that are tailored uniquely to you!

This approach works particularly well for those looking in improve their immune function and decrease toxicity while going through treatment, increase immune function post chemotherapy and want to optimize their health and wellbeing. 

Are you ready for a deep dive into optimizing your health?

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