What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine focuses on identifying and correcting the root cause of ill health. This means less emphasis on the symptoms and more on why you have them.
The Difference Between Functional and Conventional Medicine
- Treats the whole person and the disease in order to prevent further dysfunction
- Approaches the body as an integrated whole and recognizes every system is connected
- Health is not only the absence of disease, but the presence of wellbeing
- Lifestyle and nutrition based
- Emphasizes prevention
- Finds the cause
- Spot-treats the diseased part of the person
- Treats different systems as separate parts: differentmedical specialties (cardiologist, endocrinologist, etc.)
- Health is the absence of disease
- Diagnosis of condition, symptom management
- Focuses on disease
- Treats the symptom
Common conditions successfully treated with functional medicine:
Find the Source of the Symptoms
You will attend a 60-minute comprehensive consultation where you will meet with Dr. Taylor to discuss your health and symptoms you are experiencing. If she sees necessary, a specific blood-panel will be ordered for you. In addition, she will help develop a dietary plan for your tissues and/or organs to obtain the nutrients they need to function optimally. This will start your healing process immediately.
The first 3 weeks of this program, you will participate in a 3-week detox. This does not mean drinking vegetable juice or fasting, but rather participating in a program where you follow a nutrient-optimized diet plan and take safe supplements for detoxing the liver and gut.This will optimize your next steps!
Lab Analysis and Plan for Recovery
At your next appointment, you will go over your lab results and will receive an in-depth report detailing your total test and lab results. We give you a thorough explanation of your results with a patient-doctor consultation. From there, we create clear steps to improve your life and clear your body of its unwanted symptoms altogether.
Supplementation, Diet & Growth
Your final and ongoing lifestyle changes will come out of your personalized growth plan. These plans are custom-tailored to your body with a safe supplementation and diet plan.
This program is designed for patients who would like the most effective assessment available for optimizing their health. Determined by your current symptom picture, a selection of these laboratory tests will be used to determine specific treatment protocols and long-term recommendations to address any areas of dysfunction or irregularity.
- Comprehensive Hormone Analysis
- Thyroid Evaluation (beyond the TSH)
- Adrenal Stress Index
- Food Sensitivity Testing
- Genetic Polymorphism Screening (MTHFR mutation and more)
- Chronic Infection Screening
- Environmental Solvent Exposure
- Urinary Metabolites and Organic Acid Testing
- Complete Blood Count
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
- Cholesterol Panel & Lipoprotein Particle Profile
- Oxidata Analysis
- High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein
- Vitamin D Testing
These labs, along with a comprehensive medical and family health history, will evaluate your current overall health picture and disease risk. Depending on your needs, we will tailor your regimen to include specific therapies, nutrients, and other treatment options.
Functional Medicine Is Based On These Principles:
Every person is genetically and biochemically unique.
Personalized health care and functional medicine treat the individual, not the disease.
Everything is connected.
There is a complex and unique interaction between the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems, as well as the environment. A medical condition affecting one system may be stemming from somewhere yet, unnoticed.
Functional medicine is deeply science-based.
It involves staying current on the most up-to-date and cutting-edge approaches to ensure that you are receiving the best care.
Your body has the capacity to heal and self-regulate.
Disease is an imbalance of this process and treatment is aimed to restore your own ability to heal.
Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality.
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