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  • Crystal Barber MBA & Heather Morse MS, ATC, OTC

Why Functional Medicine Is The Only Kind Of Medicine You Want

Sir William Osler, one of the first Physicians-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, once said that “the good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Functional Medicine and “conventional” medicine? Or what is Functional Medicine exactly? These are great questions – and basically it comes down to a difference in approach. Functional Medicine is a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of a disease. While the two use many of the same tools, functional medicine helps the patient optimize their health and improve their quality of life.

In conventional medicine physicians treat the disease and not the patient. They do not take the time–and, in their defense, cannot take the time–to understand all of the variables that make you unique. While the standard model of care works well for acute diseases, trauma, infection, and emergencies, it does not have the tools to manage chronic conditions. Unlike conventional physicians, functional medicine practitioners tap into all the tools of healing to assist their patients’ recovery from chronic diseases. By combining multiple approaches and paying special attention to diet, exercise, nutrition, and the workings of the mind, this approach can provide you with the tools needed to attain sustainable health and longevity. The practice of functional medicine is becoming an increasingly effective and popular solution for patients who are dealing with chronic diseases, as well as for those who have a propensity to develop a certain disease due to family history. Various factors can have an influence on the development and progression of some chronic diseases. Functional medicine aims to create an opposing effect using natural methods in order to treat the specific manifestations of disease within each individual. The approach is very individualized and personalized with a focus on root cause rather than symptomology. This approach can be used to prevent, treat, or slow the progression of many degenerative conditions throughout the body. Functional Medicine is the future of medicine, plain and simple. Part of the allure of functional medicine, and why academic hospital-based centers are embracing it, is motivated in part by the shift in medical reimbursements toward outcomes instead of volume. This bids the question; Why is Functional Medicine successful? Part of the success of functional medicine is grounded in what might be considered an osteopathic approach to care: partnering with your patient and believing in the body’s innate ability to heal. Functional medicine does not reject conventional medicine, instead it uses conventional medicine as a foundation on which to add new dimensions in the evaluation, management, and prevention of chronic disease. If it works – use it. The functional medicine physician integrates traditional medical practices with complementary approaches from all around the world to optimize care. A Closer Look At Functional Medicine VS Conventional Medicine

Functional Medicine Conventional Medicine

Health-Oriented Disease-Oriented

Patient-centered Doctor-centered

Biochemical Individuality Cookie-cutter approach

Most effective in dealing with chronic illness Most effective in dealing with acute illness

Preventative Approach Intervention based medicine

More Cost-effective long term More expensive long term

Seeks root cause of disease Diagnosis is based on symptoms

Prevention of disease Detection of disease

If you are searching for a holistic healthcare center that provides individualized, patient-focused care, Traditional Family Medical Center is here for you. We offer functional and integrative medicine, nutritional therapy, regenerative medicine, and conventional medicine for your optimal health.

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