Are you frustrated with impersonal, ineffective, symptom-centric medical approaches? You are not alone. A growing number of patients are searching for better solutions and they are finding them in the field of Functional Medicine, a radical new model for how to practice medicine and treat chronic disease.”
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
In Functional Medicine, we use the entire tree (trunk, branches, leaves, and roots), as a model to depict the difference from the conventional medicine model, where only the branch is viewed. Your body is similarly analyzed, where all your body systems are reviewed, not just one area of complaint. This allows us to identify the underlying root causes of disease and the body’s biochemical imbalances, and not just cover up your symptoms with a bandaid. When we view the body as a whole and understand that everything is interconnected, and that one input can have a wide reaching, system-wide impact, we can better achieve long-term wellness and wholeness.
Cheryl’s training in Functional Medicine comes from the world-renowned, “Institute of Functional Medicine.” You can trust that at DiabeteSteps Rx® & HealthSteps Rx, you will finally get solutions to your health concerns that can be implemented immediately, that don’t include “band-aids,” but instead provide you with the answers and treatment that you have been searching for. “Magic bullets” don’t work to treat chronic conditions. What does work is an individualized approach to patients–with an emphasis on the ways our environment and lifestyle choices interact with our genes.
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