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Functional Medicine is Patient-Centered Medicine
Unlike the acute care model of traditional western medicine, Functional Medicine does not apply a standard protocol to each problem. This is not “one-size-fits-all” medicine. Through the unique partnership between patient and doctor, Functional Medicine produces a comprehensive plan for maximizing the health of the individual. Beyond alleviating symptoms or slowing the progression of disease, the corrected imbalances and lifestyle changes resulting from the Functional approach promote wellness and vitality for the whole patient.
Six Core Principles of Functional Medicine:
- Understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic, environmental and lifestyle uniqueness.
- Support a patient-centered rather than disease-centered approach to treatment.
- Dynamic interconnection between all cells, tissues, organs and systems of the body.
- Mental, emotional, spiritual and social health being of equal importance to physical health.
- Identification of health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of symptoms and disease.
- Promotion of wellness is to enhance quality of life of patients, not merely to extend life span.
How is Functional Medicine Different?
|Functional Medicine||Conventional Medicine|
|Health oriented||Sickness and disease oriented|
|Care based on patient needs and goals||Care determined by medical management group, insurance limitations|
|Biochemical individuality||Everyone is treated the same, one size fits all|
|Holistic – encompasses entire body||Specialization by organ systems (ENT, ob/gyn, gastroenterologist)|
|Cost effective||Expensive and driven by insurance carriers|
|Looks at underlying cause of disease||Diagnosis based on symptoms or lack of symptoms|
|Correction and prevention||Early detection of disease, suppress symptoms|