Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented approach that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional Medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web.
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Of total healthcare costs in the United States, more than 75% are due to chronic conditions. The current healthcare system is optimized to rapidly treat urgent/acute medical conditions. However, chronic lifestyle-related diseases have less successful treatment outcomes using an approach that maximizes patient throughput. What works is an individualized approach that spends time evaluating patient concerns and tailoring a comprehensive plan to address a broad range of underlying medical concerns. Functional Medicine is an innovative approach to medical care that uses the latest medical research to develop personalized care for each patient, based on his or her unique environment, lifestyle, and genes. The result is a dynamic, effective way to address chronic disease.