Health Care

What is Functional Medicine?

One factor that must be addressed in America we no longer have a Healthcare system. What we have are two very distinct ways of dealing with health and disease; acute care and reactive chronic disease care. People must understand lives are a stake, pain and suffering are increasing, and the destruction of families is at an all-time high. Not to mention the billions being made by the healthcare system at patients’ expense.

As a layperson who suffered from some severe health issues, I learned very quickly the benefits of seeking out a functional medicine doctor. Once I discovered the incredible health options of natural medicine to cure my bacterial infection in both my upper intestine and stomach, along with food allergies, I have not felt this good in over fifteen years. I was told by many doctors there was no cure or option to deal with the issues except taking medications. In a short six months, the bacterial infection is gone, and I am learning how to deal with food allergies, and overcome the problems with a few simple steps.

Acute care is as vital as living, when something regarding someone’s health is immediate that person is rightfully taken to a medical doctor (s), probably in a hospital setting. In the US, there is no better place on earth to be treated for an acute medical issue. We have by far, the most modern, educated, trained, and advanced testing systems on the planet. But it is the chronic patient, with a disease that never gets any answers, never given hope, or a choice on dealing with a destructive cellular process that causes symptoms. These chronically ill people are given prescription medications, as their health continues to spiral out of control. As the symptoms and disease worsen, there are no options to help them regain a healthy lifestyle.

 

What is Functional Medicine?

In an article on NCBI website defines Functional Medicine as, “In the functional medicine model, the word function is aligned with the evolving understanding that disease is an endpoint and function is a process. Function can move both forward and backward. The vector of change in function through time is, in part, determined by the unique interaction of an individual’s genome with their environment, diet, and lifestyle.” The functional medicine model for health care is concerned less with the dysfunction or disease, and more about the processes that resulted in the person’s dysfunction.

“In 1991, the Institute for Functional Medicine was founded with seven defining characteristics of functional medicine. These included:

  1. Patient-centered versus disease-centered.
  2. Systems biology approach: web-like interconnections of physiological factors.
  3. Dynamic balance of gene-environment interactions.
  4. Personalized based on biochemical individuality.
  5. Promotion of organ reserve and sustained health span.
  6. Health as a positive vitality—not merely the absence of disease.
  7. Function versus pathology focused.

The functional medicine model was based on the recognition of the dynamic interplay between the individual’s genetic template and his or her environment that results in an outcome manifested in their functional capabilities.”

Functional Medicine (FM) is a centered approach to help the body heal itself. Instead of searching and treating individual health problems/symptoms as isolated diseases, FM looks at the “whole” body and assists the individual with the symptoms, imbalances, and dysfunctions.

The perspective is entirely different from our current traditional allopathic medicine model. Functional Medicine practitioners know that the body is self-preserving; the human body does not internally harm itself, therefore it wants to be healthy and free of disease. The process is called Homeostasis. But with the pressures, stresses, and demands of society, plus the environmental impact, many insults are being forced on the body.

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