The Way Of The Future
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." -Thomas Edison
Functional medicine has been a long time coming! While conventional medicine certainly has a place, functional medicine is better suited for chronic conditions and getting to the root of the cause, not just masking it.
The National Institutes of Health defines conventional medicine as “A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery.” The key point is symptom treatment.
Functional medicine approaches healthcare more holistically by examining every factor involved including, symptoms, genes, environment, and lifestyle to treat the causes of disease, not just the symptoms.
According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, functional medicine was developed based on the understanding of “the importance of an individualized approach to disease causes based on the evolving research in nutritional science, genomics, and epigenetics.”
Acute Vs. Chronic
Conventional medicine is best suited for acute illnesses. Acute illness is characterized by what can be thought of as symptom-based care. It has developed over the years to hyper focus all of it's attention on individual signs and symptoms rather than DIG for cause. Worse yet, the culture of conventional medicine tends to treat the "disease" rather than the patient standing in front of them! Traditional medicine has at it's core a very "organo-centric" rather than holistic view of the body. In other words, they believe that organs work in isolation to each other and have developed medical specialties to look pathologically pigeon-holed at their particular area or expertise of the body without acknowledging how everything relates or is connected.
Examples of acute conditions include:
Functional medicine, on the other hand, is better suited for lifestyle and chronic conditions such as: heart disease, diabetes, autoimmunity, weight challenges, anxiety, depression, and even cancers!
Patient-centered care (forming partnerships, using non-invasive approaches, treating cause, treating the person and not the "disease", etc.) is what sets functional medicine above all else. This integrative, science-based healthcare approach has been noted as the wave of the future. Our office is proud to offer a highly individual, turn-key 90-day program that includes the following: diet individualization, obtaining the correct diagnostics, supplemental guidance, detoxing, exercise guidance, lifestyle advice, coaching, on-line patient portal (for at-home study), in-office classes, and much more!
Our goal is to share with you an in-depth look into functional medicine, why it’s our preferred treatment method, and how it helps, which is why we invite you to attend our next event, Why Functional Medicine?, on Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 pm EDT at Jacksonville Health and Wellness.
During this FREE open house, we will discuss the difference between conventional vs functional medicine, our unique 90-day program, the power of a whole foods plant-based approach, and which conditions we effectively support. Please come with questions!
We can’t wait to share the future of healthcare with you!
Can’t Wait To Share With You On Thursday, October 25th At 7:00 pm EDT!