Functional Medicine in Chalfont
Functional Medicine is the future of conventional medicine–available now. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms. Functional medicine is really the convergence of Nutrition and Neurology as it pertains to a persons’ whole being. Standard healthcare struggles with the management of chronic conditions and is becoming a source of frustration for many people. Our goal is to discover the many metabolic possible contributing factors to someone’s condition and to discover the neurologic impact of the loss of metabolic balance. When we uncover the merging metabolic and neurologic deficiencies in a health condition, we have a better opportunity of reversing a health condition. We create individualized solutions to chronic health issues by incorporating the latest in genetic science, systems biology and knowledge about how nutrition, environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.
The systems in our bodies are interconnected so it is imperative to address each one to ensure they are in sync with each other. Most often, the following must be addressed:
- Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances
- Mitochondrial dysfunction and energy imbalances
- Detoxification and biotransformation of toxins
- Immune dysfunction
- Inflammatory triggers
- Digestion, absorption, and gut dysbiosis
- Structural imbalances from cell membrane health to musculoskeletal changes
- Neurologic imbalances
Why do we need Functional Medicine?
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
We are able to determine what specific nutritional needs your body has by doing a comprehensive blood panel. Our standard panel consists of over 60 different markers checking the function of the thyroid, blood sugar, immune system, liver, kidney, adrenals, digestion, and other nutrients status of the blood. From this we will develop a specific nutritional program to help return your body to its natural, healthy state. This will help keep you from spending money on nutritional products that you do not need.
Functional Medicine is different from traditional nutrition. Functional Medicines approach to nutrition is different because it combines clinical lab tests and the use of foods, herbs, and other minerals to better fuel supply and delivery to the body’s cells. You will only be as healthy as your cells are. By analyzing your blood results we can uncover patterns of dysfunction and treat them before they become serious issues or diseases. Prevention is pivotal to success of your health. Many times we have discovered cholesterol problems, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, thyroid dysfunction, inflammation, dysglycemia, digestive issues, gall bladder dysfunction, immune function, anemia, etc.
Clinically trained nutritionists view blood chemistry from a functional standpoint than a traditionally trained physician.
For example, many patients who come to us have been told that they have normal blood chemistry values yet they are symptomatic and feel horrible. Why is this? Laboratory blood ranges are derived from averaging thousands of people’s blood work together. These ranges therefore tend to be very broad and are more adept at identifying blatant disease. Because of society’s declining health, these ranges continue to expand. For example, the functional blood range for fasting glucose is 85-99 whereas the laboratory range is 65-99. By using the functional range the clinical nutritionist is able to identify altered function before it becomes major dysfunction. The goal of the clinical nutritionist is to normalize the altered blood findings to help balance all the systems of the body. Once the body is in balance, has the proper fuel, activation,and is free of infection, health usually follows.