HEALTH & WELLNESS
For Individuals and Families
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is an approach to treating health conditions and preventing disease by finding the root cause of your health issues. Instead of stamping you with a diagnosis and only treating your symptoms, functional medicine seeks out why you have the diagnosis. Our providers will do an in-depth assessment to look at all of your body systems (not just the one causing symptoms), and evaluate how well your body is communicating.Another way to think about Functional Medicine is to think of the science behind how your body works. In conventional medical training, we learned more about Pharmacology than we did about Physiology and Nutrition; in our practice, we turn that balance around and focus on the Physiology of your body as we attend to problems and seek a healthy lifestyle-based solution.
Your gut’s influence over your health cannot be overstated. The trillions of microbes that make up your gut microbiome are the manufacturers and managers of how you look, feel, and think. It makes up 80% of your immune system, produces a large amount of your “happy” neurotransmitter serotonin, and contains 10 times more bacterial cells than you have human cells. Your gastrointestinal system regulates all aspects of your health. When your microbiome is healthy your health is likely to be quite good. However, many lifestyle behaviors, toxic exposures, and dietary choices can compromise gut health and lead to many downstream health issues. For example, when your microbiome is weakened or damaged, it can “switch on” a number of potential disease processes throughout the body that may, on the surface of things, seem to have very little to do with your actual gastrointestinal system. Stool tests can take a snapshot of your inner world and tell us a lot about your metabolism, state of inflammation, and what might be influencing how you feel. We can help influence the health of your gut with suggestions about food, supplements, and other life choices.
Hormones are proteins made in one part of the body that work throughout the body, as messengers that direct every aspect of how the body performs every task of a healthy life. Some hormones start before we’re born and continue through our whole lives; other hormones emerge at different times of our lives. Our bodies do their best to make all the hormones that are needed, but when hormone levels are insufficient, great skill and experience are needed to supplement with hormones carefully and wisely. Our practitioners take great caution to provide you with the best hormone support your body needs.
Our modern world has unfortunately created some hazardous toxins as side effects of our great achievements in technology. Transportation vehicles are the best example: we all rely on some means of transport, but the exhaust from those vehicles can be hazardous in large quantities and sometimes overwhelm our bodies’ abilities to remove those toxins once inhaled or ingested. Diagnosing and addressing our toxic burdens are important parts of recovering and maintaining excellent health.
Metabolism is the sum total of the nutrients we eat and drink, and the decisions our body makes about how to use those nutrients for fuel and whether or not to store them as reserves of energy, either as muscle or fat. Each of us has a delicate metabolic balance that for some people requires no attention and all and for others might require a host of advice, nutrients, exercise, supplements and even prescription medications. We want to work with you to optimize your metabolic balance so that you feel as well as possible and can rely on your metabolism to maintain your strength and health.