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Functional medicine is like Chinese medicine with a microscope. It is focused on the interaction of all systems and finding the root cause of a 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 has to be negative changes in one or many of the essential functions in the body. When there are systems in dysfunction there will be symptoms and any group of symptoms will eventually be diagnosed as a disease. I know of people who have gone to a regular doctor and be told that they are not sick enough to be diagnosed with anything, so they are told wait until they are sicker and then come back. Modern allopathic medicine begins with diagnosing a disease and then focuses on alleviating the symptoms. In my experience focusing on reducing the symptoms of a disease is less effective in the long run than resolving the root cause of a disease.

Functional Medicine focuses on finding the sources of dysfunction (SOD’s) in each individual and restoring each dysfunctional system back to normal function.

Unlike allopathic or Western medicine, Functional medicine does not focus on the diagnosis, but why in each individual the disease is occurring. Each individual will have a unique combination of these sources of dysfunction. Ten people with the same medical diagnosis may each have a very different proportion of SOD’s. This tells us that each person requires individualized treatment strategies and that the length of treatment can vary greatly.

It is always an amazing experience to review a patients lab tests and explain what is actually happening in their bodies. It is an incredible motivator for someone to change their diet and lifestyle as well as seek proper treatments and take their supplements regularly.

This has been my experience after 17 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 and from this, we discover what will work and what won’t.

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