Why Functional Medicine – Acute vs Systems Oriented Care
Modern, mainstream medicine uses an acute care approach when treating patients. This approach is generally short sighted and best for acute conditions that can be cured with surgery or a simple course of prescription medication. Unfortunately, it is still the primary route taken even when the conditions are not acute, but are instead chronic, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. The reality is, acute care is ill equipped to address complex and chronic disease.
Functional medicine, on the other hand, uses a systems oriented approach, which is able to analyze the unique genetic makeup of each individual, along with a detailed examination of lifestyle and environmental factors, such as stress, diet, and exposure to toxins. To many patients, it may seem that this is an exclusively holistic approach, and although it is more naturopathic, it is also deeply science based and does not discount the benefit of modern medicine by integrating both in treatment plans when needed.
Functional Medicine uses diagnostics, methodology and tools that are specifically designed to identify, prevent and treat chronic diseases for the long term, not just the immediate, bothersome symptoms. Utilizing an individualized, patient-centered approach functional medicine doctors are able to break through the molds of traditional, mainstream medicine and proactively help their patients achieve life long health.
You can find extensive research based information about Functional Medicine here: www.functionalmedicine.org