What is Functional Medicine and how can it help you?
Here is a clear distinction and definition of Functional Medicine.
Instead of asking, “What drug matches up with this disease?” Functional Medicine asks the vital questions that very few conventional doctors ask: “Why do you have this problem in the first place?” and “Why has function been lost?” and “What can we do to restore function?”
In functional medicine, we address the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
We spend time with our patients, hear their stories, and get to the root of various issues by looking at the interaction between the patient, their genes, and the environment in which they live. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of vibrant health for each individual as it looks beyond the absence of disease and into health creation.
In functional medicine, we use the best of modern and ancient practices, to recommend supplements, sophisticated devices, mindset techniques, diet, and lifestyle changes. These recommendations can have a big impact as they work to balance the systems, bridge gaps, drive function and assist you in healing your whole self, both mind and body.
Functional Medicine can help address a variety of health concerns including:
- Precise and effective treatment of complex thyroid disorders
- Hormone balancing & bio-identical hormone replacement for both men and women
- Food allergy testing
- Weight management
- Autoimmune conditions
- Pregnancy preparation or difficulties
- Adrenal issues
- Chronic Inflammation
- Gastrointestinal Issues
As the graphic illustrates, a diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BRHT)
Have you lost your energy, vitality and drive?
Research tells us the symptoms of aging aren’t as inevitable as you might think. You could get your energy back. Restore your lost metabolism so you can lose weight faster. Enjoy clearer thinking and greater vitality.
If you’re feeling exhausted, can’t lose weight, are constantly irritable, and are often sluggish, your symptoms could be the result of a hormone imbalance, a common problem as we age.
Often, when people’s hormones drop or become unbalanced, they turn to hormone replacement therapies to ease symptoms. One such therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. It promises a “natural” solution to hormone issues. But what exactly is BHRT, and how’s it different from other hormone replacement therapies?
BHRT can be used to treat men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. It’s most frequently used to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. It may also be used to improve symptoms of cancer treatment or to treat conditions such as:
- insulin resistance
- adrenal and thyroid disorders
Bioidentical hormones are man made hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those the human body produces. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are among those most commonly replicated and used in treatment.
Some bioidentical hormones are made by drug companies. Others, known as compounded bioidentical hormones, are custom made by a pharmacy, according to a doctor’s orders. This process is known as compounding. Compounding typically involves ingredients being combined or altered to meet the needs of an individual. Compounded bioidentical hormones are often touted as being safer and more effective than synthetic hormones.