The world is filled with people who get ill and suffer with chronic diseases. Yet, mainstream medicine persists in only treating symptoms. Instead of getting patients well, patients are strung along as doctors put these individuals on one medication after another. Treating a patient’s symptoms only with drugs that will inevitably cause equally devastating or worse side effects than what the patient initially came seeking a cure for. Doctors are now viewing this as unethical, not just dangerous to patients. To this end, functional medicine attempts to look beyond the symptoms and seeks to address the underlying problem instead of simply chasing symptoms.
A Closer Look at Functional Medicine
As practitioners of functional medicine seek to address the individual underlying causes of disease and discomfort in their patients, preventing them from being put on a laundry list of medications whenever possible, it becomes easy to see how this method of practicing medicine tends to create savings for patients and their insurance companies. To produce even more healthcare savings, functional medicine doctors seek to get people off medicines. As patients start to become healthier and feel better, the advantages of such an approach to medicine become not only cost-effective, but they prove to be more medically effective too.
The Individualized Approach
When an individual is seen by one of our functional medicine practitioners, we will take an extensive look at their genetics, biochemistry, and lifestyle factors. The idea is to determine what aspects of this individuals makeup, environment and lifestyle are contributing to the specific problems they are suffering from and to design a treatment regimen that makes sense once the underlying problem is identified.
Since every individual is different, there is no guarantee that any two patients will exhibit the same medical problems even if the underlying cause for their state of disease or discomfort is the same. In general, most medical problems that patients face are typically found to be caused by environmental, chemical, or emotional stresses on the body. So, tossing pills at the problem without addressing the root cause really does nothing all that medically sound to lead to a cure.