From the Institute for Functional Medicine: "The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes. By addressing the root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of the disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual."
Our physicians believe that cutting-edge science can only be applied with a thorough understanding of you as an individual. We use the latest technology in functional medicine by applying The Living Matrix to identify key areas of your life, habits, and genetic makeup that make you vulnerable to disease. We get to know you as an individual to suggest lifestyle changes to increase your resilience to disease. We believe that ultimate wellness lives in a fully realized self, encompassing your physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.
Both of our physicians are graduates of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona. We will work with you as your partner in the healing process on your journey toward health and wellness.
What are the Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine?
1. Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
2. All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
3. Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body's innate healing response.
4. Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
5. Good medicine is based on good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
6. Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
7. Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
According to Dr. William Cole from the Institute for Functional Medicine, there are five defining features of Functional Medicine:
1. Functional Medicine views us all as being different; genetically and biochemically unique. This personalized health care treats the individual, not the disease. It supports the normal healing mechanisms of the body, naturally, rather than attacking the disease directly.
2. Functional Medicine is deeply science-based. The latest research shows us that what happens within us is connected in a complicated network or web of relationships. Understanding those relationships allows us to see deep into the functioning of the body.
3. Your body is intelligent and has the capacity for self-regulation, which expresses itself through a dynamic balance of all your body systems.
4. Your body has the ability to heal and prevent nearly all the diseases of aging.
5. Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality.