What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine doctors take an extensive, individualized approach to diagnosing and managing a patient's health. They understand that the symptoms or side effects of a patient's illness are not isolated, but actually one part of the larger systemic issue. Rather than relying solely on medications for treating symptoms, functional doctors focus on uncovering the root cause of an illness so that a tailored treatment plan can be developed for each patient with the goal of achieving optimal health.
If you've been struggling with a chronic health concern for an extended period of time without seeing results from conventional treatments, then it may be time to consider consulting with a functional medicine doctor for guidance.
Our practice of Functional Medicine provides tailored care to meet your individual needs. We make sure your body is getting the right balance of nutrition, supplements and detoxification. That's why we use comprehensive testing that looks at hundreds of markers in your body - in order to give you exactly what it needs. Through this evaluation, we have the opportunity to assess cardiovascular health risk factors, thyroid, hormones, diabetes panels, inflammation markers, autoimmune levels; and even heavy metals, parasites and food sensitivities, based on your needs. With precise analysis we can supplement deficiencies and rid excess from the system - ensuring Improved wellbeing for current and future health.
Autoimmune diseases, like thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, lupus, IBS, Multiple Sclerosis, and psoriasis, are mysterious ailments with no comprehensive treatment available from conventional medicine. However, in functional medicine, we believe these conditions result from the gut (long-term infection or damage stemming from a variety of sources such as antibiotics, processed food, medication and anti-inflammatories-just to name a few). To help heal the gut lining and prevent future infections, we conduct comprehensive stool testing combined with autoimmune and micronutrient analyses. Sometimes, it’s also necessary we work together to develop an individualized nutrition plan made according to clients' symptoms and lab results. In this way, we can effectively provide tailored care for those suffering from all kinds of autoimmune diseases.
Gut issues, such as IBS, SIBO, and leaky gut, have been linked to a wide variety of conditions. Poor diet, medications, and toxic elements can all lead to an imbalance in the gut microbiota consisting of beneficial bacteria and pathogenic bacteria that can cause debilitating symptoms. Today's diets are higher in processed foods, sugars/carbs/grains which favor the proliferation of bad bacteria while fiber, vitamins and minerals found in whole-based and organic food promote healthful bacteria. To avoid intestinal disorders that may come with these excesses it is important to stay mindful of our eating habits and prioritize meeting our daily vitamin intake, just as our ancestors did where these substances were absent from meals for centuries.
Mainstream medical treatments often use medications like statins, beta blockers and ACE inhibitors to attempt to lower cholesterol, blood pressure or regulate blood sugar. Yet this merely suppresses the symptom, rather than addressing the root cause of the issue. Through our approach we take a holistic view on diagnosis and treatment - evaluating and addressing multiple factors including cholesterol, inflammation, oxidative stress, and genetics. We provide preventative measures for those with family histories at risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as aggressive treatment plans for those already suffering from diabetes or heart conditions.
Mental health issues have been on the rise in recent years, and it can be difficult to determine the cause. Factors like genetic disposition, environmental toxins, drug/alcohol abuse, and nutrient deficiencies may come into play. Treatments typically involve SSRIs or SNRIs (which alter serotonin and norepinephrine levels) alongside antipsychotics, stimulants, or mood stabilizers. However, this approach often overlooks potential causes for mental health struggles. Functional medicine takes a more holistic approach to mental health treatment by seeking out the root cause of psychological difficulties instead of merely treating symptoms with medication that can lead to side effects that interfere with a patient's quality of life.