90% of the nation's 3.3 trillion in annual health care expendintures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions.
Chronic diseases have significant health and economic costs in the United States. Preventing chronic diseases, or managing symptoms when prevention is not possible, can reduce these costs.
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Many Imbalances -- One Condition
One Condition -- Many Imbalances
Using this construct, it is possible to see that one disease/condition may have multiple causes (i.e. multiple clinical imbalances), just as one fundamental imbalance may be at the root of many seemingly disparate conditions.
Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness. Functional Medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease.
Addresses the root cause
By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual
Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle
factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.
Preventative & Integrative
Functional Medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a
focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.