We believe that each person’s body is unique and has unique needs, which requires individualized medical attention. We approach health as the ability to live life energetically. Health is not just the absence of disease, but it is freedom from pain and the body working harmoniously with itself through a balanced biochemistry.
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The relationship between the patient and the physician is very important in functional medicine because the two work together to look at the way the individual’s body works together. Discussing lifestyle choices as well as environmental exposures play a role in the assessment and definition of the patient’s unique level of health. Every aspect of the patient’s life is taken into account.
Functional medicine uses conventional labs as well as specialized labs, especially in the function of the gut. Testing for food sensitivities, the status of the gut microbiome, nutrient levels, amino acid levels, etc. Genetic testing may also be included in the assessments a doctor may choose. Labs are chosen based off the presenting needs of the patient.
Individualized Treatment Protocols
After a thorough assessment has been done, the lab results have returned, and any other initial observations have been made, the patient and doctor work together to determine the appropriate course forward. Does the diet need to be altered? Would a supplement be beneficial? Is there a behavior change needed? Each person’s treatment protocol is unique to them, but always aiming at optimal health.
When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner. -Joyce Meyer
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is functional medicine different from integrative medicine?
While they are very similar in that they both look at the whole person and seek to find the root causes to disease or dysfunction, integrative medicine is typically focuses on lifestyle choices, approaching the person from a mental, physical, and spiritual viewpoint. Functional medicine incorporates integrative medicine’s philosophy while also adding an medical evidence based approach by looking into genetics and how the body is responding to the environment in which it lives through specialized labs.
Q: Is there an additional cost for functional medicine?
Our prices remain the same whether you choose a conventional approach or a functional medicine approach. We do highly recommend that our patients become members if they would like to incorporate functional medicine because it saves the most money through wholesale labs, no office visit fees, and wholesale supplements if needed.
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