Treat the Root Cause and Find Out What Your Symptoms are Telling You!
“Functional medicine is like Chinese medicine with a microscope.”
Functional Medicine (FM) focuses on the adaptability and interaction of all bodily systems to discover the root cause of each individual person’s illness.
Functional medicine is also leading medical science into the 21st century with open research, clinically proven therapeutic protocols and the most up to date lab testing available.
For any disease process to occur, there have to be negative changes in one or more of the essential functions in your body. When there are systems in dysfunction there will be symptoms, and any group of symptoms will eventually be diagnosed as a disease.
I have had patients who have gone to a regular doctor and be told that they are not sick enough to be diagnosed with anything. They are told to wait until they are sicker and have more symptoms and then come back.
Modern allopathic medicine begins with diagnosing disease and then focuses on alleviating the symptoms.
In my experience focusing on reducing the symptoms of a disease is not effective in the long term. The only honest way to resolve poor health is to find the root cause and restore every necessary system to optimal function.
Unlike mainstream medicine, Functional medicine does not focus on your diagnosis.
Although a diagnosis can help bring some focus to a situation, it can also stop any further investigation. A diagnosis should be the beginning of discovering the precise systems in dysfunction and, if possible, the root Source Of Dysfunction (SOD). Ten people with the same medical diagnosis may each have a very different proportion of SODs. A VERY thorough medical history, a personal conversation about stress, and some laboratory exploration almost always indicate an appropriate and individualized treatment strategy.
The length of treatment can vary from a few weeks to two years.
It is always an amazing experience to review a patient’s lab tests and explain what is measurably happening in their bodies. Some clear and important scientific measurements can go a long way in motivating most people into changing their diet and lifestyle. Keep in mind that these measurements are not meant to be diagnostic, they are meant to indicate systems in dysfunction. Those who have more complex SODs will likely need regular supportive treatments as well as staying on a consistent lifestyle, diet, and supplement protocol.
This has been my experience after 25 years of practice.
Each of us is unique and the process of healing is different for everyone. Regardless of a person’s diagnosis, the real investigation begins with discovering why it is occurring. From this, we can discover what will work and what won’t.
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My Functional Medicine Practice
In my Functional Medicine practice, I focus on the gradual detective work of uncovering the root cause, or the ‘Why” a person is experiencing poor health.
Mainstream medicine tends to focus on removing the ‘What’, or just the symptoms. After doing a thorough investigative process, including comprehensive and correlative questionnaires, a full medical history, and a review of any medications, I start my patients off on the most appropriate therapeutic protocol.
This website describes the general outline of all of my primary protocols.
In some cases, especially when a patient has to be careful with their money, we focus on diet, supplementation, sleep hygiene, meditation, and an appropriate fitness program.
If they get better, the protocol was a successful kind of test.
With other patients, I recommend a common-sense approach to lab testing. The types and range of testing depend on the complexity and severity of the condition.
If a patient is fairly healthy and just wants to improve their fitness or lose some weight, then I recommend repairing the damage to their metabolism from the modern diet and stress experiment.
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Functional Medicine is a Process.
When I engage with patients in this way, we begin with the understanding that the first three appointments are dedicated to the same objective. Forward momentum with a focus on assessment, clarity and self-care.
This whole process involves:
- An initial assessment of medical history, review of medications, previous Lab Test results and an initial dietary, supplement recommendations and lifestyle protocol. We will collaborate on choosing the most important lab testing to pursue. (About 90 minutes).
- Once you have your lab test results, then we will begin with those Lab Results. If we are using previous lab test results, this conversation will focus more on your symptoms, supplements and questions.
- After two to three weeks, we will reconnect and review your Lab Results, present symptoms, and experience. Depending on your response to your initial protocol, we may choose to stay the course or invest in some more specific lab testing to look for a deeper root cause that would explain what is still in dysfunction. If you are doing profoundly better (as many people do), we will continue to use the protocol as our guidance. (45 min)
- After another 2 – 3 weeks, we will review any new lab results and the specific dietary, supplement and lifestyle recommendations (20 min). If lab testing was not required, we will review your progress and determine if the protocol is going to work by itself or needs to be adjusted.
Initial Assessment, Protocol and Lab Work Review, and Suggestions.
90 Minutes ~$200.00
Review of Lab Results and establish the necessary changes in your protocol:
45 Minutes ~$75.00
Follow Up Consultation –
20 Minutes ~$45.00
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