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12/19/19

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine has become quite a catch phrase in recent years, as has tagging the word functional in front of any conventional service. Accordingly, it becomes more and more important to articulate and define its meaning. So, what do we mean when we say we practice functional medicine?

Simply put, it means that we take far more time to understand each patient and their health. It means we consider factors that are not normally or routinely factored in. It envelops a mindset that, as practitioners, we must constantly be updating our knowledge and understanding of the human system and the infinite amount of inputs capable of going into it. It does not mean we only use nutraceuticals or supplements. It does not mean we abandon the classical medical system – it means we build upon it and revivify it. That is a general outline of how we at Precision Regenerative and Functional Medicine grasp the concept. Now that we have that out of the way, we can discuss the fundamental methods behind the practice.

With any plan, there must be a, or a set, of goals put forth. These should be approached with a strategy, and that strategy will have various tactics to be implemented over time. Eventually our dynamic approach takes every body system into account, as well as the weaving interactions within them. But, initially, we do what we can to emphasize the pillars of what we consider to be a healthy lifestyle.

• Nutrition

• Exercise

• Elimination

• Sleep

• Stress Management

Our first-principles strategy is to address what we can to shift responsibility to each patient. We attempt to get everyone to treat themselves like they are someone they care for** and to implement practices that they would advise others to do without a second thought. Everyone knows that nutrition, exercise, and sleep are important and would no doubt recommend an intervention within those areas to address a friend’s symptoms or complaints. We tack on elimination (stool, urine, and sweat) and stress management as well as provide insight into how someone goes about optimizing the pillars from an individual perspective – what may be great for your friend may not be the best for you. We offer genetic testing that considers individual variants in genes that have potential impact on the pillars of health. Such information tactically guides specific interventions that bypasses much of what can be a tenuous trial and error process. However, while genetic data is a fantastic tool for assessing individual probabilities, nothing supersedes listening and a detailed history, which is why we set apart so much more time than is allotted in a conventional setting.

Once our fundamentals are addressed, the actionable side of practice comes into support the fundamentals and precision medicine is employed to support each piece of the human system. As previous blogs have alluded to, we offer IV therapy that is tailored to individual needs, regenerative therapy that can restore resiliency to an injured or overused joint, as well as hormone and peptide therapy to optimize and enhance individual quality of life and performance.

** Peterson, J. B., Doidge, N., & Van Scriver, E. (2018). 12 rules for life: An antidote to chaos. Toronto: Random House Canada. 

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