The future of medicine is a movement
Functional medicine has been slowly and quietly growing for decades as chronic disease (diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease) increase dramatically. The future of medicine is now growing exponentially as we discover that the causes of chronic diseases are attributed to our environment. Its our food, our water and our air that cause disease. The more we disrupt the balance of biology; the sicker we become. The more chemicals we put into our bodies in the place of whole, real foods; the sicker we become.
Forget disease entirely
Instead, consider: what is causing your body to become dysfunctional? To treat chronic disease we must remove what causes an imbalance and disrupts the normal function of the complex system. Then we must provide what creates balance. Simple? Almost.
Functional medicine is not naturopathic approach, it is not conventional approach, it is the intelligent use of systems biology and our in depth understanding of biology and physiology.
Functional medicine will revolutionize your health
When I treat my patients for their main health concerns (pain, irritable bowel syndrome, acne, stress, depression) they feel better with a few important changes to their lifestyle and some well prescribed remedies. If we stop there then, as they age, other health problems will arise and their risk for chronic disease will remain the same. Today we have a 70% chance of dying of a chronic disease. These are preventable deaths.
Functional medicine helps us determine the cause of the dysfunction from a whole person perspective. After we treat the dysfunction we can determine the CAUSE of the CAUSE of the dysfunction. As we peel off layers of dysfunction and restore function we travel along the path to optimal health. Functional medicine will lead you to optimal health. Functional medicine promises to restore your energy, to return your vitality and you will be able to lead a healthy and happy life long into your elder years.
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison
Image Credit – Mark Hyman MD IFM AFMCP2014