Functional medicine is an evolution of the practice of medicine that better addresses the needs of 21st-century healthcare. It addresses the underlying cause of disease using a systems-based approach that allows the patient and practitioner to engage in a therapeutic partnership. Thepowerofestablishingthispartnershipisthatmypatientsareabletomakesustainedlifestylechangesandimprovetheirhealth. Functionalmedicineshiftsthetraditionaldisease-centered focus of medical care to a more patient-centered approach. Itaddressesthewholeperson, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Wetakeadeepdiveintoyourhistoryandexplorethegenetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence long-term health.Theapproachistolook“upstream”, where disease begins. Insteadofresortingto“quick fix” prescription pharmaceutical therapies that will mask symptoms and disease progression, the Holliston cover the root cause of your symptoms and ultimate reverse/prevent disease. Weharnessthepoweroffoodasmedicine, lifestyle modifications, and natural supplements to meet you where you’re and empower you to achieve your health goals.YourbiologyISyourbiography!
Why do we need Functional Medicine?
- Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
- The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care. This means diagnoses and treatments that are of duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg.
- Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic diseases.
- There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
- Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as using food as medicine, nutrition, diet, natural supplements and exercise to both treats and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
The 6 core principles of functional medicine:
- Familiaritywiththeweb-like interconnections of internal physiological factors
- Understandingofthebiochemicalindividualityofeachhumanbeing, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness
- Awarenessoftheevidencethatsupportsapatient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach to treatment
- Identificationofhealthasapositivevitality, not merely the absence of disease, emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology
- Promotionoforganreserveasthemeanstoenhancethehealthspan, not just the lifespan, of each patient