Functional Medicine: The 21st century answer to disease prevention and management

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Functional Medicine |

Functional Medicinefunctional medicine

noun 1. medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine.

Hippocrates had it right when he said, “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than what disease a person has.”  Functional medicine looks at the whole person and seeks to understand the root cause of the symptoms a person is experiencing.  Functional medicine practitioners are more interested in answering “why” the symptoms exist than naming the condition. This takes the current disease-centered approach and changes it to a patient-centered approach.

The number of people who suffer from chronic disease has skyrocketed.  For many reasons, our current model of health care is ill-equipped to deal with the rising epidemic of disease.  Our system focuses on disease care, meaning that it treats the symptoms of disease on an immediate basis, typically with a drug prescription to treat a specific set of problems.  This approach may provide short-term relief, but often leads to more problems because the origins of the symptoms haven’t been addressed.

 “ We need to listen to the patients’ story and develop a response to it. The approach to complex syndromes may be much more profound than just trying to point a round peg into a square hole and get a singular diagnosis. ”

Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, founding voice of the functional medicine movement

At the Turnpaugh Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center, our goal is to understand all the factors contributing to poor health and create a plan to achieve optimal health.

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