Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease.
Naturopathic medicine has been addressing the root causes of imbalance for years. We use a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. The whole Functional Medicine movement is really an outgrowth and evolution grounded of the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Our practitioners spend time with patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, we are supporting the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. READ MORE
A Powerful Approach to Medicine
This powerful approach to medicine offers a new operating system and clinical model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease to replace the outdated and ineffective acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century. Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease. Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.
Naturopathically minded Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease.
This is the pinnacle of biotechnology joined with advanced naturopathic and clinical preventive medicine. The specialty is founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders, and diseases. It is a healthcare model promoting innovative science and research to prolong the healthy lifespan in humans. As such, it is rooted in natural medicine and it is based on principles of sound and responsible medical care that are consistent with those applied in other preventive health specialties. The naturopathic and functional medical model aims to both extend lifespan as well as prolong healthspan — the length of time that we are able to live productively and independently.
Functional medicine is the following:
It is scientific. We utilize diagnostic and treatment practices that are supported by scientific evidence and therefore cannot be branded as anecdotal.
It is evidence-based. Functional medicine is based on an orderly process for acquiring data in order to formulate a scientific and objective assessment upon which effective treatment is assigned.
Is well-documented by peer-reviewed journals. The National Library of Medicine hosts more than 3,000 peer-reviewed articles on the subject of functional and anti-aging medicine.