World Doctor’s Day and Functional Medicine

Jessica Chandler

July 1, 2022

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. The functional medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach. Hence, that empowers patients and physicians to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. On World Doctor’s Day, we talk about the functional approach as a detailed personalized treatment plan keeping in mind the understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle or environmental factors. Instead of only focusing on treating a condition’s symptoms, this doctor leverages this body of data to enhance patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms alone, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes or one cause may result in varying conditions. Conclusively, functional medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual and is becoming increasingly more popular.  Communities are experiencing this vocal community of physicians who are passionate about educating that prevention is the key!

Functional Medicine Continues to Advance Towards Prevention 

Previous diagnoses and treatments were divided into organs and systems without regard for their interrelated relationship within the entire body.  Functional medicine professionals consider how each system is connected and collaborates. Especially to examine and evaluate a more holistic approach that includes cause and effect. This helps aid in a preventative approach. Currently, many diagnostic tests can only identify illness or disease after it has already advanced to a dangerous level. Mammograms are the best example. As tumors do not show up on a scan unless at least four billion cells are present, and these scans still are only 65 percent accurate. This size tumour usually indicates Stage 2 or Stage 3 breast cancer, and radiation exposure occurs with each scan.

Thermography is one example of a less intrusive early detection screening technique used in Functional Medicine. This approach is used by doctors to screen for over 200 disorders, including early cellular alterations that could develop into breast cancer. More than 800 studies have proven the value of this infrared heat-sensing test.  Thermography can identify cancer eight to ten years before mammograms can see the four billion cells in a tumour. Functional Medicine physicians then utilize stress management, diet, exercise, or plant-based hormones to rebalance cells, encouraging them to return to normal function. This is an FDA-approved supplementary diagnostic technique, although most doctors only include mammograms or ultrasound if thermography shows out-of-line cells.

Continuing Education of All Physicians 

When so many traditional treatments, especially prescription medications, are designed to interrupt and alter biochemical functions. The functional Medicine approach seeks to work with the body and its use of its natural disease-fighting capabilities.  Many treatments often leave your body with varying problems that were not taken into account, only the problem at hand. In order to identify the root cause of the patient’s problem, functional medicine practitioners evaluate an all-systems approach.

Rather than accepting the traditional method of education where physicians receive minimal training in nutrition or other natural medicine disciplines. These physicians are looking for continuing education to support their understanding of how the body functions and the reasons why it reacts the way it does. ‍‍This group puts a lot of effort into spreading its wisdom and zeal, and every day more towns emphasise prevention! All Physicians are required to continue their education and it is encouraging that there is a bright future ahead for prevention versus disease management after diagnosis. Congratulations to all medical professionals who are passionate about helping others and who are committed to keeping themselves and our communities healthy!

Many Thanks to All Physicians!

It is important to appreciate all doctors for their everlasting dedication to patients and their community on World Doctors Day. Every day, normal people who are extraordinary individuals who practice healthcare go above and beyond to provide the best possible care to strangers in the community.  Their efforts are an important aspect of life enhancement since they contribute to lead in community care, research, and education. As a company that focuses on metabolic health and education in lifestyle change for weight management, one up-and-coming category of physicians to recognize is Functional Medicine! This group of physicians specifically takes into account the way that the body operates to improve one’s health as naturally as possible! 

About the Author

Jessica has a Masters in Holistic Nutrition and Health and Wellness Coaching. She specializes in Hormone Weight Management Diet and Athletic Performance Weight Management. "My diverse life journey gave depth to my desire in ushering others into balance of their health. Health and wellness is mind, body, and spirit working together as one. Balance of your spirit, nutrition, and exercise gives us health. When we are at an imbalance of any of the three, we are not well. My mission as a Holistic Nutritionist is to coach others to wellness, aiding to find one's own unique balance."

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