Functional Medicine has become an increasingly popular approach to maintaining optimum health. It is primarily concerned with keeping the body optimally functioning by ensuring that diseases are dealt with on a level that determines and addresses their causes. Diseases are caused by, among other things, poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, allergens and toxins, stress, internal imbalances, infections, and “bad” genetics.
Modern medicine has come a long way. Functional medicine may just have sprung from the recognition that a different approach might prove to be the better option. Here are two ways functional medicine could be:
Focus on the Cause
Most patients know that doctors simply diagnose and resolve a health issue by looking at the symptoms and providing a solution. Functional medicine goes well beyond the symptoms. Instead, the approach is focused on dealing with the symptoms and their causes. Laboratory and medical tests are conducted exactly to answer the question “why” the symptoms are occurring.
Treatment Means Lifestyle Change
Upon determining “why” the symptoms are there, functional doctors advise a tailored plan addressing the problem. Patients are provided detailed plan on how their body can reverse the problem through a proper diet, regular exercise, ample sleep, supplementation and stress management. These lifestyle practices are expected to bring optimal health back and keep it. Because everyone’s health issue and symptoms are unique, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Functional medicine specialists recommend lifestyle plans that are tailored for each patient.
Expert providers, such as Front Range functional medicine doctors, practitioners, or professionals look beyond the symptoms and conduct objective testing to determine the root causes of each disorder—and find ways to
The Challenge Remains
While there is clear evidence that functional medicine works, this medical approach to diagnosing, preventing and treating diseases is not without challenges. It is important for practitioners to work at improving the quality of evidence gathered, considering the “true predictive value” of that evidence, and continue the evidence gathering until the safety and efficacy of the process is certain.