The Iceberg graphic to the right shows a list of diseases such as cancer and heart disease which may be visible above the surface, but when following the principles of Functional Medicine, the cause lies in altered physiological processes which are occurring below the surface.
Functional Medicine uses scientific principles, advanced diagnostic testing and treatments other than drugs or surgery to restore balance to the body’s primary physiological processes. The goal is to promote the patient’s lifelong optimal health.
The primary question a Functional Medicine doctor seeks the answer to is: “What are the underlying causes of this disease process?”
“The primary question a Functional Medicine doctor seeks the answers to is: What is the underlying causes of this disease process?”
The Two Fundamental Principals
In the battle of chronic health conditions, Functional Medicince uses two scientifically grounded principles:
1. Add what is lacking in the body and slowly move the physiology back to a state of optimal functioning.
2. Remove anything from the body that prevents or inhibits optimal physiological functioning.
How Can Functional Medicine Help you?
The current conventional health care model tends to only recognize and treat the “Tip of the Iceberg,” and it rarely leads to long-term relief or resolution.
Examples of this in conventional medicine include the solution to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. When someone has been prescribed medications for either of these chronic conditions, what happens when you discontinue taking the medication for a day; or a week?
The answer is simple; both of these markers return to their unhealthy elevated levels prior to the medication. There is an underlying cause to every disease process.
Identifying and correcting the body’s natural physiology has a much better chance to successfully resolve a patient’s chronic health challenge.