Functional Medicine

Sarah is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. Functional Medicine focuses on treating

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The source of the problem with full integration and a scientific approach that uses the following principals, as presented by The Institute for Functional Medicine:

Tenants of Functional Medicine

  • Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals. In short: every person’s biological makeup is different and should be treated with that knowledge in mind.
  • Patient-centered medicine emphasizes “patient care” rather than “disease care.” It follows Sir William Osler’s admonition that “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has.”
  • Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.
  • Web-like interconnections of physiological factors. An abundance of research now supports the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease. We know that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances. We know that environmental exposures can precipitate neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease.
  • Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.
  • Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance health span.

 

See more at The Institute for Functional Medicine official site.