What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine determines how and why disease occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. The functional medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach. Therefore, it empowers patients and physicians to work together to address the underlying causes of illness and promote optimal well-being. On World Doctor’s Day, we talk about a functional approach as a detailed individualized treatment plan, taking into account an understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle or environmental factors. Rather than focusing on treating only the symptoms of a condition, this doctor leverages this body of data to enhance patient outcomes.
By addressing the root cause rather than just the symptoms, physicians become oriented to identify the complexity of the disease. They find that one condition can have many different causes or that one cause can result in different conditions. In particular, functional medicine treatment targets specific manifestations of disease in each individual and is becoming more and more popular. Communities are experiencing this vocal community of physicians who are passionate about educating that prevention is the key!
Functional medicine is moving towards prevention
Previous diagnoses and treatments were divided into organs and systems regardless of their interrelationship within the whole body. Functional medicine professionals consider how each system is connected and collaborated. In particular to examine and evaluate a more holistic approach that includes cause and effect. It aids in a preventive approach. Currently, many diagnostic tests can only identify a disease or illness when it has already reached dangerous levels. Mammograms are the best example of this. Because tumors don’t show up on scans until at least four billion cells are present, and these scans are still only 65 percent accurate. A tumor of this size usually indicates stage 2 or stage 3 breast cancer, and there is radiation exposure with each scan.
Thermography is an example of a less intrusive early detection screening technique used in functional medicine. This approach is used by doctors to screen for more than 200 disorders, including early cellular changes that can develop into breast cancer. More than 800 studies have proven the value of this infrared heat-sensing test. Thermography can identify cancer eight to ten years earlier when mammograms can see up to four billion cells in a tumor. Functional medicine practitioners then use stress management, diet, exercise, or plant-based hormones to rebalance cells, encouraging them to return to normal function. This is an FDA-approved complementary diagnostic technique, although most doctors only include a mammogram or ultrasound if the thermography shows out-of-line cells.
Continuing education of all physicians
That’s when so many conventional treatments, especially prescription drugs, are designed to disrupt and alter biochemical functions. The functional medicine approach seeks to work with the body and harness its natural disease-fighting abilities. Multiple treatments often leave your body with isolated problems that went unnoticed, only the problem at hand. To identify the root cause of a patient’s problem, functional medicine practitioners evaluate all systems approaches.
Instead of accepting the traditional method of education where the practitioners receive minimal training in nutrition or other naturopathy disciplines. These practitioners are looking for continuing education to support their understanding of how the body functions and the reasons for the way it responds. This group makes great efforts to spread their knowledge and passion, and every day more and more cities emphasize prevention! All physicians need to continue their education and it is encouraging that there is a bright future for prevention versus disease management after diagnosis. Congratulations to all medical professionals who are passionate about helping others and who are committed to keeping themselves and our communities healthy!
Many thanks to all the doctors!
On World Doctor’s Day it is important to appreciate all doctors for their everlasting dedication towards patients and their community. Every day, ordinary people who are extraordinary individuals who practice health care go above and beyond to provide the best possible care to strangers in the community. Their efforts are an important aspect of life enhancement as they contribute to leadership in community care, research and education. As a company that focuses on metabolic health and education in lifestyle changes to weight management, functional medicine is an up-and-coming class of physicians to recognize! This group of practitioners specifically takes into account how the body works to improve one’s health as naturally as possible!