The functional medicine approach
Functional Medicine combines traditional medicine with integrative medicine. Treatment modalities include therapeutic diets, supplementation, stress management techniques and tailored exercise plans.
Imagine your symptoms as leaves on a tree. The roots of a tree need continuous access to quality soil, nutrients, water, and space, so that the leaves may flourish. In the same way, we need to pay attention to our roots, environment, nutrition, and hydration, in order to get well and stay well.
“When a plant’s leaves are turning brown, you don’t paint the leaves green. You look at the cause of the problem. If only we treated our bodies the same way.”
-DR FRANK LIPMAN MD
The essence of the functional medicine approach is to dig deeper and ask ‘why’? It goes beyond assessing symptoms. It means learning about the real you. It also means looking more closely at how the systems of your body are working at a cellular level, and how your genes are influenced by your environment and experiences.
Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients. They look at interactions between genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.
With attention to nutrition, genetics, toxins, and environment, alongside in-depth functional testing, the root causes of many chronic conditions can be identified and addressed.
As a functional medicine doctor, Dr Rebecca takes the time to listen to your concerns, understand your unique history and apply tailored treatment strategies. She will explain what is happening and why. The end result is that you will be empowered with all the knowledge and resources you need to reclaim your health.
The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
The IFM believes health and vitality are essential to the human spirit. They work to advance the highest expression of individual health by advocating Functional Medicine as the standard of care.
Our society is suffering from a sharp increase in people with complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, digestive issues, and autoimmune disorders. Functional medicine encourages focus on addressing the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease, and application of strategies to both treat and prevent these illnesses.
To learn more about Functional medicine, click on the video to hear IFM Certified Tom Suit MD and his colleagues at the IFM explaining the functional medicine approach.