What is Functional Medicine?
It sounds a little stiff, right? It’s not at all! Quite the opposite, it is hope for the future of our health, our children’s health, and our children’s children’s health. According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. Rather than simply looking to a pill to bandaid a symptom, functional medicine looks at your whole body, determines from where the symptom derives, and seeks to heal from the root up. The more we learn, the more we understand that our bodies are made up of intricately connected and co-dependent systems, and accounting for those connections is critical to health.
Do you ever wonder why it seems like we're seeing so much more chronic disease, like heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and even cancer? Modern, traditional medicine does an incredible job treating acute health disparities (trauma / injuries / infections, etc), but by and large, chronic diseases are best healed (or better yet, prevented!) with a different approach. Functional Medicine looks at you as a whole person, one with a completely unique combination of genetics, lifestyle, relationships, environment, and many other factors specific to you. And ultimately, Functional Medicine looks to restore health to your life in every capacity, largely by looking to food as medicine.
Functional Medicine also acknowledges that your physical health, mental / emotional health, and spiritual health are all deeply connected, and you cannot neglect one without the detriment of the others. But that also means that when you begin the process of improving one, the others benefit as well!
A positive outlook is a critical component of Functional Medicine and is a cornerstone of the Prescription Wellness philosophy. So let's think of it like this - it is possible to add health to your life!