Your Health is about You.
Your unique chemistry, genetics, environment, and lifestyle.
Discover the Difference
a Functional Medicine Approach Can Make
Despite advances in medicine over the last half century, the incidence of cancer, mental illness, and chronic diseases like diabetes and autoimmune disease has increased.1
An acute care approach to healthcare often fails to incorporate important factors such as lifestyle, exposure to environmental toxins, and genetic makeup into the overall treatment plan.
Functional Medicine is about promoting wellness in every area of your being
- body, mind & soul - by incorporating what you value into your care and allowing you to take charge of your overall health.
Functional Medicine goes beyond just focusing on your physical health.
It examines your environmental factors, mind-body elements, and genetic makeup to create balance that leads to wellness.
The air you breathe, the water you drink, the particular diet you eat, the quality of the food available to you, your level of physical activity, your level of stress, and the toxic exposures or traumas you have experienced all affect your health.
Mind - Body Elements
Psychological, spiritual, and social factors can have a profound influence on your health. Considering these areas helps the functional medicine practitioner see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms.
Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows that your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes are activated and expressed.
Through assessment of these underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction, the functional medicine practitioner is able to understand how key processes are affected. These are the body’s processes that keep you alive. Some occur at the cellular level and involve how cells function, repair, and maintain themselves. All of these processes are influenced by both environmental factors and your genetic make-up; when they are disturbed or imbalanced, they lead to symptoms, which can lead to disease if effective interventions are not applied.
1 National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief No. 116, March 2013.