Functional Medicine: The Real Cure for Disease

Did you know that the average medical professional receives less than 25 hours of nutrition training in the eight years of schooling they go through?  With the growing research being done that proves many chronic diseases stem from the gut and digestion, this seems a ridiculously low amount of time.  Thankfully, I am not alone in this way of thinking.  Enter the Functional Medicine movement!

Have you ever gone to a chiropractor for back pain to receive a spinal adjustment?  Have you cut certain foods out of your diet because you or your doctor suspect you have a sensitivity? Do you believe in essential oils, meditation, or acupuncture?  These are all examples of functional medicine.  So what exactly is functional medicine?

According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, it:
addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership
addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms
incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease
enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health

Basically, Functional Medicine removes the money hungry pharmaceutical companies and actually focuses on healing a person, rather than throwing pills at their symptoms.  It embraces a “nutrition as medicine” approach, as well as a recognition that all systems of the body need to be working in harmony; they are not “specialized” systems working independently.