Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

Functional Medicine is a true combination of Chinese Medicine, Allopathic Medicine and scientific research. It combines the philosophy of balance and how to restore function from Chinese Medicine and the knowledge of biochemistry and physiology of Western Medicine with the latest scientific research about how our genetics, environment and lifestyle all interact with each other. Functional medicine focuses assessment and intervention at the root levels of metabolic imbalance and is an evolution in the practice of medicine that addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century by focusing on prevention and uncovering the underlying causes of serious chronic disease. Instead of just suppressing symptoms, it deals with the root causes of disease and is less concerned with making a diagnosis and more concerned with the underlying imbalances, which are the mechanisms of the disease process.

As opposed to Western Medicine, Functional medicine treats the patient and not the disease. In addition, it provides a framework for the practice of medicine that uses all the tools of healing, both conventional and alternative, to address the whole person rather than an isolated set of symptoms.

A biometric screening and other tests using saliva, urine, fecal stool to identify areas of compromise to the human body before they can present as a full-blown disease. Areas of interest include:

  •  Gastrointestinal dysfunction and its links to chronic disease
  • Inflammation and immune dysregulation
  •  Hormonal imbalance including adrenal, thyroid, and sex hormones
  • Insulin resistance and cardiometabolic syndrome
  • Oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and neurological disorders
  • Toxins, toxicity, and impaired biotransformation
  • Food sensitivities, allergies, and intolerances
  • Nutrition assessment and the Nutrition Physical Exam

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine is a collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), led by Mark Hyman, MD, Chairman of IFM, founder of The UltraWellness Center, and New York Times best-selling author.
Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine physicians spend time with their patients, listening to their histories, mapping their personal timeline, and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.
By changing the disease-centered focus of medical practice to IFMs patient-centered approach, physicians are able to support the healing process by viewing health and illness as part of a cycle in which all components of the human biological system interact dynamically with the environment. This process helps to seek and identify genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that may shift a person’s health from illness to well-being.


Reading and Resources

The Institute for Functional Medicine
Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine is a collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), led by Mark Hyman, MD, Chairman of IFM, founder of The UltraWellness Center, and New York Times best-selling author.
Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine physicians spend time with their patients, listening to their histories, mapping their personal timeline, and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.
By changing the disease-centered focus of medical practice to IFMs patient-centered approach, physicians are able to support the healing process by viewing health and illness as part of a cycle in which all components of the human biological system interact dynamically with the environment. This process helps to seek and identify genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that may shift a person’s health from illness to well-being.

Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Jeffrey Bland, MD
Jeffrey Bland, thought by some to be the father of Functional Medicine has also founded The Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI) is a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to transform healthcare through the promotion of information, innovation, and implementation of personalized lifestyle medicine. We will achieve our mission by cultivating virtual and in-person networks of collaboration between researchers, clinicians, patients, policy makers, and consumer advocates to bring personalized lifestyle medicine into greater visibility.

Genetic Nutritioneering
Genetic Nutritioneering. The Human Genome Project is producing a revolution in health, raising the prospect of averting hereditary diseases by re-programming our genes. Having identified genes linked to diseases such as cancer, diabetes and arthritis, researchers have shown that unfavourable genetic messages can be improved by changes in lifestyle, diet and environment. This book uses detailed questionnaires to help you to read your own genetic characteristics and to construct a comprehensive nutritional program tailored to your own needs.

The Disease Delusion
The Disease Delusion. For decades, Dr. Jeffrey Bland has been on the cutting edge of Functional Medicine, which seeks to pinpoint and prevent the cause of illness, rather than treat its symptoms. Managing chronic diseases accounts for three quarters of our total healthcare costs, because we’re masking these illnesses with pills and temporary treatments, rather than addressing their underlying causes, he argues. Worse, only treating symptoms leads us down the path of further illness. In The Disease Delusion, Dr. Bland explains what Functional Medicine is and what it can do for you. While advances in modern science have nearly doubled our lifespans in only four generations, our quality of life has not reached its full potential. Outlining the reasons why we suffer chronic diseases from asthma and diabetes to obesity, arthritis and cancer to a host of other ailments, Dr. Bland offers achievable, science-based solutions that can alleviate these common conditions and offers a roadmap for a lifetime of wellness.

Eat Fat Get Thin
A revolutionary new diet program based on the latest science showing the importance of fat in weight loss and overall health, from # 1 bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman. 
Many of us have long been told that fat makes us fat, contributes to heart disease, and generally erodes our health. Now a growing body of research is debunking our fat-phobia, revealing the immense health and weight-loss benefits of a high-fat diet rich in eggs, nuts, oils, avocados, and other delicious super-foods. In his new book, bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman introduces a new weight-loss and healthy living program based on the latest science and explains how to EAT FAT, GET THIN, and achieve optimum wellness along the way. Offering practical tools, meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists, as well as step-by-step, easy-to-follow advice, EAT FAT, GET THIN is the cutting edge way to lose weight, prevent disease, and feel your best.

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