Healthcare Perspectives - Functional Medicine

The term “Functional Medicine", also called “Functional Diagnostic Medicine”, was coined by Jeffrey Bland in 1993 to describe “the field of healthcare which deals with early intervention into the improvement of physiological cognitive/emotional and physical functioning”. Based on the fact that each individual is unique, Functional Medicine professionals holistically view a person through their voluntary activities, such as emotional responses and personality development, and their involuntary activities like metabolism of nutrients, cellular processing of information and the communication of their body's organ systems. Thus the identification of the biochemically unique aspects of each individual is the foundation of Functional Medicine, from clinical assessment and diagnosis to the broad spectrum of treatment modalities.

Doctors practicing Functional Medicine are able to identify underlying causes of many health conditions by combining the results of scientifically documented tests which go beyond standard medical testing. Instead of testing which is only intended to identify and treat resulting symptoms, a more “functional” and patient centered perspective is applied to testing within “Functional Medicine” through the seeking of biochemical and metabolic stressors likely to cause a specific disease process. Physicians are then able to develop personalized treatment options designed to reverse, stop or prevent chronic illness or degenerative disease and any related symptoms. In short, Functional Medicine treats the whole person by treating the causes of imbalance or disease instead of just their symptoms.

Functional Medicine addresses four primary functions of the body and seeks to bring each into balance:

  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Detoxification and Elimination
  • Immune Function
  • Endocrine (hormonal) Function

Functional Medicine evaluates the following symptom categories:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Skin Problems
  • Immune Problems
  • Mental and Emotional/Behavioral Problems
  • Reproductive Health
  • SYNDROME X
  • Optimal Aging

Physicians practicing Functional Medicine discover that many diseases have a traceable, underlying cause which when found and corrected, can have a dramatic impact on the health of the individuals they are treating. For this reason, Functional Medicine primarily focuses on the prevention, instead of just the treatment of, even the most minor imbalances. In addition to health enhancing lifestyle, environmental, and nutritional monitoring, Functional Medicine professionals incorporate knowledge of key physiological, genetic and biochemical processes for establishing an innovative form of optimum healthcare restoring balance to the individual- physiologically, psychologically and structurally.

Healing Modalities within Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine contains no sub modalities

Licensure

Must have a healthcare license in the state of Florida


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