How is Functional Medicine Different?
Based on cutting-edge science, functional medicine offers a whole new way to understand and look at chronic illnesses from diabetes to depression; heart disease to hypertension; autoimmune disease to autism; allergies to anxiety and more. The core concept is that chronic illness is an outcome of imbalances in the key underlying physiological systems in your body. When inflammation, blood sugar imbalance, insulin resistance, oxidative stress, hormonal problems, and systemic upset occur the body spirals out of balance.This in conjunction with poor diet, lack of essential nutrients, emotional stress, environmental toxins, lack of exercise, and other lifestyle issues set the stage for chronic disease to develop.
At Hope Wellness Center we utilize the research based testing and protocols to help person address the underlying cause of their health conditions and educate them on how to take contorl of their health so they can fulfill thier purpose.
Functional Medicine VS Conventional Medicine
- It treats symptoms by addressing underlying cause of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer lasting results.
- Treats the body as an interconnected whole, and recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease.
- Treatments have mild or no side effects, and other unrelated complaints often improve spontaneously.
- Patient Centered
- Treats the patient, not the disease. Treatments are highly individualized based on patient needs.
- Patient is respected, empowered, educated and encouraged to play active role in healing process.
- Combines the best of both modern and traditional medicines and emphasizes importance of diet and lifestyle.
- Tests and treatments designed to promote optimal function, prevent and reverse disease, and improve quality of life.
- Guided by the Hippocrates, the father of medicine’s, saying to “let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food”.
- Evidence Based
- Based on the latest research from peer-reviewed medical journals.
- Masks or suppresses symptoms, but does not address underlying cause, which creates “patients for life”.
- Views the body as a collection of separate parts, each of which has its own doctor (i.e. cardiologist, podiatrist, etc.)
- Side Effects
- Treatments can have side effects and complications.
- Disease Centered
- Treats the disease, not the patient. Patients with the same disease get the same treatment, regardless of their differences.
- Patient’s opinion is often discounted or ignored, little time is spent on education, and patient may be discouraged from playing active role.
- Relies almost exclusively on drugs and surgery, in spite of their risks and complications.
- Tests and treatments designed to prevent death and manage serious disease, without dealing with the underlying cause.
- Focused on managing disease after it has already reached an irreversible state.