In the old days, you got sick, you went to the family doctor, he gave you some pills and you left. There was only one approach and one delivery system available. Western medicine (technically called Allopathic medicine) had a complete monopoly in the marketplace. Sure, there have always been people that preferred herbs and more natural methods but the promise of “better health from better drugs” was so appealing that alternatives had virtually disappeared. Well, times sure have changed. Now there are many different approaches available, all clamoring for attention.
Mainstream? Traditional? Holistic? Alternative? Complimentary? Homeopathic? Natural? How do we make sense of it all? Where does it all fit together?
While western medicine has certainly shown its tremendous value with urgent, life-saving, heroic interventions, there are many critics who point out the shortcomings when it comes to managing chronic disease. It seems that model has mistakenly taught us that as long as we don’t have symptoms, we are healthy. Well, science has proven that premise completely and woefully inadequate to really create the health we are all looking for. The new paradigm of understanding is that the symptom is often the last thing to show up in a process. In fact the body can lose over 70% of its function before symptoms begin! Under this model, America has slid to the
What if there was a better approach? An approach to healthcare that involves the understanding of the underlying causes of dis-ease and dysfunction in the body, not just the symptom? That model is here and it is called Functional Medicine.
Science continues to affirm that if we really want health for a lifetime, we need to address all of the components of our lifestyle. Changing our approach to diet, exercise, sleep, hydration, and our emotional health is required to combat the modern health challenges. Unfortunately, left to our own devices we all struggle with making changes. We are afraid of the unknown, we lack the will power or we often don’t really know what we should be doing.
We often utilize advanced laboratory testing similar to Western medicine but instead of using drugs to patch up the symptoms, we attempt to restore balance to the body with nutrition, lifestyle, supplements and other safe and conservative approaches. In our office we take a holistic view of your life and your health and empower you to take control of your own health.
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