NATUROPATHIC INTEGRATIVE FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
An Integrative Medicine Approach Can Help You Feel Better From the Modern Worldwide Epidemics of Today Chronic Pain - Inflammation - Obesity - Diabetes - Fatigue - Insomnia - Infections - Heart Disease - Toxicity
“Your present state of health is a reflection of how well your body is functioning”
These days we are faced with the epidemic in the rise of chronic illnesses of modern living.
These include many common conditions like obesity, chronic back pain and arthritis, diabetes, allergies, heart disease, alzheimers, autoimmune inflammatory conditions like thyroiditis, MS and rheumatoid arthritis, ADHD and autism, fatigue, mold and chemical toxicity, insomnia, cancer and chronic infections.
An integrative medicine model approach along with personalized nutrition and lifestyle therapies can offer solutions to improve, manage and prevent these conditions.
Hippocrates - “The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well”
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is a branch of the healing arts that focuses on early assessment and intervention to improve the physical, mental and physiological function of a person’s life.
At the Healthy for Life Wellness Center we describe Functional Medicine is an integrative, science based approach to health care that treats patients as a whole person rather than a set of symptoms. By shifting a disease-centered medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, practitioners are able to spend time with their patients and evaluate their medical history, as well as the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence the patient's long-term health. At our center functional medicine aims to maintain a patient's overall health on a preventative, individual basis.
A functional medicine assessment is an examination into your present state of health and body function. It is an early indicator of imbalances in fundamental processes that can be an underlying CAUSE of many common symptoms and health problems.
The functional medicine assessment helps us design an integrative comprehensive approach to help you improve the following common health conditions:
- Allergies and Asthma
- Adrenal Stress Fatigue
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Diabetes and Diabesity
- Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
- Muscle Aches and Muscle Tension
- Muscle Weakness Deconditioning and Sarcopenia
- Digestive Health, Bloating, Gas, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Gall Bladder Disease
- Dysbiosis, SIBO, Intestinal Permeability and Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Inflammatory Conditions of Joints, Skin and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Gluten Food Sensitivities and Crohn’s Disease
- Auto-Immune Diseases
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Chronic Fatigue and Insomnia
- Chronic Infections, Lyme Disease and Candida Yeast Overgrowth
- Environmental Chemical Toxicity, Mold Allergy, Chemical Sensitivity, Mercury Heavy Metal Toxicity, Metabolic Detoxification
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE FOR CHILDREN
At the Healthy for Life Wellness Center we support the needs of children with a wholistic approach using natural therapies and specific nutrition for children. A therapy like micro-current acupuncture without needles is a great therapy for children with ear infections or sports injuries.
An integrative approach can help many common health problems like:
- Attention deficit disorder ADD and ADHD
- Allergies (food / and environmental)
- Common colds
- Constipation / Colic
- Dermatitis / Eczema
- Ear infections / Otitis Media
- Sports Injuries like ankle sprains, os good schlatter knee pain or overuse strains
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine (IM) as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies. IM emphasizes wellness and healing of the entire person (bio-psycho-socio-spiritual dimensions) as primary goals, drawing on both conventional and CAM approaches in the context of a supportive and effective physician-patient relationship
The Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine
Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body's innate healing response.
Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
Integrative medicine approach takes a deeper look into the cause of imbalances of the illness rather than just treating the symptom of the disease itself with medications. Rather that just taking a medication to lower pain and inflammation, IM looks to find the possible factors triggering the inflammation.
It is more important to treat the process causing the illness than just the disease itself with medications alone.