There is a lot of buzz about functional medicine these days. I get calls and emails quite frequently from some who have heard about this progressive approach to medicine. Never heard of it? Check out the Institute for Functional Medicine. So, you may ask, what is all the excitement about? Functional medicine is very much akin to naturopathic medicine – one of our core principles is to discover the so-called ‘root cause’ of illness and disease.
“Imagine a world in which medicine was oriented towards healing rather than disease, where doctors emphasize prevention above treatment.” – Andrew Weil, MD
With our conventional medical approach once we are ‘diagnosed’, that is the end of the investigation, answer is found and all we need is a drug or surgery to fit that diagnosis and relieve symptoms, often without treating the underlying dysfunction.
With naturopathic, not to mention functional medicine, a diagnosis is merely the start of our investigation.
In my practice I am continually asking the question ‘why’. Why has this condition developed? Why are these symptoms present? Why has this lab test deviated from optimal? And with these questions we search for the root causes of disease. Naturopathic medicine is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of the functional approach to health care.
Our belt of therapeutic tools is not only huge:
- botanicals, to name a few
It is also also safe when prescribed by your expert in natural medicine.