Functional Medicine

Overview

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE is the future of conventional medicine–available now.  It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties.  It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.

Functional medicine framework

Antecedents

Antecedents are the predisposing factors. Consider your family history that may predispose you to illness;  genetics; mom and dad’s health history and anything of note in your family or ancestry prior to that. Consider how you were born, your age and gender as well.

Triggers

Triggers are anything that initiated or provoked the emergence of symptoms. Consider life history and pivotal moments along the way that seemed to tip the scales into a state of significant illness or signs and symptoms.  Think about travel or food poisoning or a particular infection or a major occurrence in life.

Mediators

Mediators may be more challenging to nail down. The mediators are the factors that seem to exacerbate or ameliorate symptoms. These are the things that contribute to the manifestation of illness– stress, eating certain foods (like gluten or sugar), being in certain situations that are taxing are all of note. 

Treatment PLANS

The holistic approach of functional medicine treatment plans, focuses on many key areas of your health history.

  • Sleep and Relaxation
  • Exercise and Movement
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • Stress and Resilience
  • Relationships/Support Networks

To be successful with your treatment, you are encouraged to see change as a positive force in your life.   Self-discipline is the healthiest form of self-love. 

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