Let’s just cut to the chase; you basically have 2 choices when it comes to your health issues.
- You can take a pill for what ails you and hope for the best.
- You can discover why you are ill and take steps to reverse it.
One choice will lead to better health, quality of life and increase longevity; the other one won’t.
Maybe you have heard of functional medicine (FM) or maybe you haven’t. If you have, then you probably understand the concept that health problems have causes…root causes. FM is a type of healthcare that identifies root causes for health issues and reverses them with lifestyle changes, diet and nutritional support.
This is nothing like traditional medicine, root causes are not addressed and the result or the effect of the cause is countered with a drug. There are also many health issues that simply do not respond to drugs and the only hope of recovery is to get restore normal and healthy function to the body.
FM is the kind of medicine that functional medicine doctors like Mark Hyman, Tom O’Bryan, Joseph Mercola, Amy Myers, Jill Carnahan, etc. have been bringing to the public’s attention. It is not fad that will soon pass; functional medicine works with your body and is in alignment with normal and healthy biological process…it works with the natural processes of your body. Drugs simply can’t do this.
So, back to the original question…”Can Functional Medicine Really Help You?” The answer would be “Yes.” How can I possibly make such a definite statement without knowing what your particular health problem is?
My answer would come in the form of another question. “Do you think there is anything you could do that would improve your health?” If you answered “Yes” then you have said that functional medicine CAN HELP YOU. If you are healthier, your body is working better and if it working better you will have fewer health problems. It is really that simple. The next step is to discover WHAT you need to do to improve your health, and this is where the help of a functional medicine doctor comes into the picture.
What are some of tools used by functional medicine doctor to determine HOW YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH? How do they discover the roots causes that are creating your health issues?
Functional Medicine Health Consultation
The functional medicine process begins with a consultation. Your doctor needs to understand when your health issue began and determine where to start the search for the root cause of the problem and which body systems may be involved. This is another difference between traditional medicine and functional medicine. For example if you have chronic sinus infections, your traditional doctor would probably prescribe an antibiotic and send you on your way. A functional medicine doctor would want to look beyond the sinuses and possibly consider your digestive system and immune system as playing a vital role. Your root cause may turn out to be food sensitivities or a chronic yeast infection in the digestive tract. The FM consultation looks at your body as an integrated whole; not a bunch of unrelated organs and systems.
Functional Medicine Testing
This is a very large subject and worthy of a whole article in itself. Let’s just look at the basic difference between traditional laboratory testing and functional testing. With traditional medicine lab tests, the purpose is to identify a disease and match it to a drug. Functional testing also seeks to identify disease but takes it a step further and runs the kind of testing that explains WHY you have the disease. With this kind of information, a solution can be created to treat the underlying cause of the illness; not just cover it up or decrease it severity with drugs.
Function Medicine Lifestyle Coaching
If you want to improve your health you need to start doing some things differently. You can’t keep doing what you have been doing and miraculously expect your health to change. This is just self-delusion. You may need to make changes to your diet, take dietary supplements, get more exercise, have a better sleep schedule or utilize stress-reducing techniques. This is where the help of a functional medicine health coach can be extremely important. If you don’t make the changes in your life, you will not restore your health and experience recovery.
Is this as easy as taking a pill?
No, but just because something is easy it doesn’t mean it’s what is best for you.
We offer you healthcare solutions that are not only good for you now, they will serve you for the years to come.
I wish you health, happiness and a better quality of life!
If you would like more information about functional medicine and integrative medicine or Dr. Sexton go to www.napervilleintegratedwellness.com
Do your own research, inform yourself and ask lots of questions. When collecting information, you MUST consider the source. There is no shortage of false, misleading, outdated, profit-driven and utterly biased information in healthcare today; even from the most respected sources and organizations.
This approach to healthcare is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any disease. Why? The FDA enforces its position that these words can only be used with drugs. This approach does not use drugs.