Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach, and engaging both the patient and practitioner in a health-centered partnership.
By shifting the traditional “disease-centered” focus of medical practice to a more “patient-centered” approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
At EPIC Functional Medicine, our team spends time with our clients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for everyone.
Learn more about Functional Medicine here: https://www.ifm.org/functional-medicine/
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s.
The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and addressing complex, chronic diseases. In most cases, it does not consider the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
Furthermore, there remains a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
Most physicians are not adequately trained, nor have the allotted time, to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both address and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
When you work at a functional medicine practice it involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease in integrative ways.
Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:
All functional medicine practice offices have long been guided by six core principles:
When someone becomes sick, they rarely do so in a way that completely matches the textbooks. Rather than trying to find the proper label for the person’s health condition, Functional Medicine identifies its complex mix of causes vs traditional medicine.
For treatment, Functional Medicine utilizes the latest research findings on supplements, diet, and other natural tools for restoring balance in the body’s primary physiological processes. If you are searching for a functional medicine doctor near you, contact us today.
The EPIC Team is ready to help you get your health back on track. Take the first step today!