About Functional Medicine: a patient centered approach.
“ People are fed by the food industry which pay no attention to health and are treated by health care Physicians that pays no attention to food we eat”
Health consequences of not paying attention to food have led to dramatic increases in chronic diseases.
Dramatic changes in our food supply and eating habits has driven many of our population caught in the web of complex chronic diseases. And sadly our health care physician’s training in clinical care has not kept up with the need for food and nutrition based interventions, despite increasing evidence of value of healthy diet.
Food is the most pervasive influence on human health. Thinking of food as ultimate upstream medicine are both exciting a revolutionary! A ‘food first’ approach to treating chronic diseases focuses on dietary strategies that can reverse illness and restore health and vitality. From a functional nutrition perspective, this means applying personalized dietary interventions adapted to each patient’s specific circumstances.
As chronic, complex diseases continue to increase in prevalence, we see more and more patients who present with common complaints like fatigue, chronic pain, or mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive behaviours, eating disorders, and other conditions often occur in concert with health conditions such as metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disorders and cardiovascular concerns but nothing seems to make them better. And if we continue to use only conventional medicine approach to treat them, most of them wont get better.
Functional Medicine is a tailor-made to help these patients. The Functional Medicine approach recognizes that the same symptom may have myriad of causes, so it makes no sense to give all patients who have symptoms the same treatment. Such approach often merely suppresses symptoms, yet does nothing to correct the underlying problem.
Functional Medicine practitioners treat patients, not symptoms. We examine all the possible causes of chronic dysfunction and ferret out a solution that addresses the cause for that patient. Best of all, this approach allows us to help far more of those “hard to treat” patients. So when we see a patient that has for example a chief complaint that is fatigue, we feel sense of hope and confidence that we can reverse the progression of disease.
The key to reversing the rapidly spreading tsunami of chronic diseases is to address the underlying causes and solutions for chronic diseases, which are primarily driven by lifelong daily interaction among an individual’s genetic, environment and lifestyle choices.
Functional Medicine is fundamentally different model for treating these patients, a model that provides methods to:
Transform patient lifestyle
- Uncover underlying root causes
- Create remarkable outcomes
- By shifting the traditional disease – centered focus of medical practices, to a more patient-centered approach functional Medicine focus on the whole person rather than an isolated set of symptoms. We look at systems biological processes and clinical imbalances rather then symptoms alone.
- It’s a personalized medicine while empowering patients to take active role in their own health.
- Food first approach
- Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients listening to their story and look at patient’s history and personalized interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic diseases.
- We utilize latest laboratory technology looking at things like functional nutrition, toxicity, food intolerance, hormones, intestinal micro flora etc.
- DNA testing helps us understand further about the genetic makeup and hence susceptibilities of an individual.
Nutritional changes can address both physical concerns and mental health issues.
Hence our treatment protocol involves “ The individual – not the disease is the target of the treatment” by encouraging the use of phytonutrient dense foods and herbs as medicine.
Hippocrates inspires our Passion:
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.
Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.
If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.
Walking is man's best medicine.
Everything in excess is opposed to nature.
“The Physician’s high & only mission is to heal the sick. The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle & permanent restoration of the health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.
”Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843)
“The Organon of Medicine”