Functional Medicine is an innovative approach to health. It is a proactive, personalised, integrated model that empowers you to achieve the highest expression of health by working collaboratively to address and prevent the underlying causes of disease. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it. And it is!
While the traditional medical model works well for acute diseases, trauma, infection, and emergencies, it is not as effective for the prevention and care of most chronic, lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
Enter Functional Medicine. Instead of asking, “What medication matches up with this disease?” - Functional Medicine asks the vital questions that very few conventional doctors ask: “Why do you have this problem in the first place?”, “Why are you not functioning optimally?” and “What can you do to function optimally again?”. The Functional Medicine model aims to heal disease from its root cause. To maintain optimal health from your DNA and biochemistry up!
A few principles that define Functional Medicine:
- Functional Medicine focuses on health rather than a disease. Health is not just the absence of disease, but instead a state of immense vitality. The main aim is to achieve optimal wellness and prevent chronic disease.
- The Functional Medicine model recognises that we are all unique; genetically and biochemically unique. We don’t all need the same treatment, same medicine, or same dose of medicine. You need to manage your unique genetic code and your biochemical individuality with the guidance of your healthcare practitioner/s.
- While Functional Medicine is deeply science-based and utilises the latest, advanced lab testing technologies, it is also big on the human factor - you’re encouraged to be actively involved in this process. You are the focus; not your disease or your doctor. Your body is intelligent and has the ability to heal and prevent nearly all the diseases of ageing. Functional Medicine supports the normal healing mechanisms of our body, naturally, rather than just attacking the disease directly.
- It is a preventative approach and not an early detection approach. True prevention starts by detecting and correcting tiny imbalances in your biochemistry, sometimes many years before you see chronic disease ‘fruit’ as physical symptoms. Early detection, however, just encourages you to constantly scan your physical body for ‘fruit’. In many cases, this might be too late.
- The Functional Medicine model looks at a person holistically and not as only separate systems. The latest research shows us that everything that happens inside our body is connected via a complex network. We are not made up of separate systems, like our respiratory or gastrointestinal system, that don't communicate with each other but rather an integrated network where something that affects one part of the network, can ripple through to other parts of the network.
- It’s a medicine model that incorporates which circles your join around your DNA. It cares which nutrition, environment and lifestyle choices are you making because these choices can lead to ‘tags’ being added to the outside of your genome (your complete DNA code). All these tags are called your epigenome and they can change the way your genome expresses itself - these tags can turn chronic disease on or off.