Why I Practice Functional Medicine
I started Cornerstone Personal Health because I believe it’s better to care for your health than to simply treat your ailments. I practice what’s known as functional medicine because it’s a more personal and in-depth approach to preventing and fighting illness.
Functional medicine is a wonderful idea, although the name itself may not be a familiar term to most. In short, it’s treating your entire self to get you healthy and keep you healthy. It’s healthcare focused on you, the patient, rather than the disease. Practicing it is deceptively simple. I take the time to understand your day-to-day life, we build a trusting relationship, and we work together to help you maintain your overall wellness. If you do get sick, we then work on treating the root of any disease rather than just addressing the most visible symptoms.
Chronic Illness: A Preventable Epidemic
Over the last 100 years or so, our medical system has done something of a disservice to all of us. The advances we’ve made in fighting disease have been nothing short of miraculous. Our drugs and technologies got so good, that institutional healthcare shifted its entire focus to treating diseases as they arise. Patients, meanwhile, started going to see a doctor only when they got sick.
For a long time, everyone thought this approach was more effective and efficient. Chronic illness, however, has since become an epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2012 approximately half of all adults in the U.S. had at least one chronic health condition. Conventional medicine, practiced by doctors with severe restrictions on the time they can spend with any one patient, typically handles these diseases by quickly prescribing long-term drugs to merely manage the symptoms.
Healthcare How It Should Be
Using the principles of functional medicine, I take a far more holistic and attentive approach to identifying and treating the underlying causes of chronic illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis. I’ll take the time necessary to establish a complete understanding of your personal and medical history. Combined with a selection of advanced testing, we’ll map genetic, environmental and lifestyle influences against unusual test results.
Then we can come up with an in-depth diagnosis and identify the appropriate treatment, personalized for your biochemistry and situational factors. If the latest drug is the right answer, then that’s what I’ll recommend, but we’ll also consider nutrition, exercise, supplements, stress relief, and the prevention of exposure to any offending toxins, allergens or microbes.
I became a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2012, and I truly believe it is the future of healthcare. The more we can focus on maintaining overall wellness and providing more thoughtful and personalized care, the healthier and happier we’ll all be.
If you’d like to learn more about functional medicine or talk about how my team and I may be able to help you, please get in touch.