What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is personally tailored medicine. It deals with primary prevention and underlying causes of chronic disease rather than simply removing or masking symptoms once they arise. Functional medicine emphasizes true healing, working with the person rather than a disease, and a partnership of joint responsibility between doctor and patient, with the patient carrying most of the load. It also embraces the most current science in diagnosing early abnormalities that eventually lead to chronic illness.
Functional medicine uses botanicals and other forms of nutritional supplementation rather than pharmaceutical agents that create high levels of stress damage. Under the influence of functional medicine, “old age” is not what it used to be, anti-aging is now a science, and optimized living is the “new normal” for people of every age. In light of the above points, I view functional medicine as a complement to traditional medicine and not an alternative. Systems of health protection should work together where possible. One approach cannot serve all of “heaven and earth.”
Why Do We Need Functional Medicine?
Chronic disease, as a rule, is slow to develop. Examples are diabetes, cardiovascular damage, hypertension, low thyroid, cancer, mental illness, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, and back problems. Long-term predictions for such chronic diseases keep rising because the physical, emotional, and mental effects of stress are overwhelming us. This stress comes from poor diet, a toxic environment, drugs, accidents, nervous system impairments, emotional reactions to life, mental overload, lack of exercise, and insufficient sleep.
Diabetes is quickly becoming an epidemic, so traditional medicine is planning to target “high risk” individuals with ever-more dramatic drug interventions. Researchers, of course, hope to enhance quality of life while Big Pharma hopes to enhance profits. Yet, the physical, emotional, mental, and economic side effects of drug interventions leave us with a sobering message, one having little to do with healing or quality of life. Isn’t it time for a “sanity check”?
Functional medicine works to keep you from becoming a high-risk disease candidate in the first place. The rule is simple: prevent disease states from developing now so there’s nothing to “treat” later. But if you already happen to be riding the risk roller coaster (typical for people over 30), you can start reversing some or most of the acquired stress damage by enabling your body to heal itself. This is very different from suppressing disease signs or symptoms with drugs.
Who Qualifies For This Type of Proactive Approach?
Here’s the catch. People must qualify themselves to follow the prevention approaches of functional medicine and optimized living. Although a prevention or wellness lifestyle is highly rewarding, it is not for the timid. Such a lifestyle requires us to understand how the Big Five Stress Agents mislead us and reduce our collective wellness. The problem is that most people have fallen victim to the harmful mental pattern of hoping rather than (pro)acting. They hope they will somehow fare better than others whom they know are suffering degraded lifestyles.
So, what are some of the harmful mental patterns you may inadvertently hold because of Big Five Stress Agent influences? Here are a few examples. Do any fit you?
- You’ll pop a pill as a quick fix for almost anything to improve your short-term quality of life.
- You think your doctor’s job is to take charge of your health and “fix” you when symptoms arise.
- Your physical activity has decreased with each passing year because you think you’re supposed to slow down as your calendar age rises.
- You want your body to act and recover as it did in your teens and 20s. Hint: It can’t and won’t without ongoing lifestyle adjustments.
Our functional medicine program focus on the Five Pillars of Health to be sure that each crucial piece of your health is analyzed and improved. This is the only way to completely and effectively make lasting and significant changes. The Pillars we address are:
- Neuroendocrine System
- Stress Management
We systematically address each of these areas based on a comprehensive history and intake, advance biomedical lab testing, and the most current research-based lifestyle strategies. Our goal is to help you uncover the best health strategies and protocols to fit your specific situation and goals. At the same time we will educate you along the way so that you can understand how to optimize your health for the rest of your life!
If you are ready to take control of your health, contact us today!
The Big 5 Stress Agents:
Big Myth (poor information), Big Medicine (a system dominated by insurance interests), Big Pharma (the drug companies), Big Fake Foods (the processed food industry), and Big Chemistry (all the chemicals that we are exposed to daily)
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Per Dr. Vince I began taking supplements and to my surprise I instantly felt better. Now for the real kicker within 4 months of taking the supplements daily I dropped my minutes/mile run pace by over 2 minutes per mile in the marathon distance and increased by wattage/threshold power by over 50% on the bike. I also dropped my average 100 yard pace in the pool by 3 seconds….. nonetheless, I was able to SUSTAIN all these differences over time and I am still getting faster.
- Laura B.
Amazing results! Received nutritional education in running, strengthening (which I didn’t know I needed), and nutritional education which was a huge eye opener as I was certainly not eating what I should to support the running I was doing.
- Shelly T.