A NEW PATH TO EMPOWERED HEALTH
What is Functional Medicine??
Functional Medicine is a scientifically based approach that focuses on addressing and identifying the root cause of disease. Each symptoms, diagnosis, generic makeup, family history, environmental trigger, food, toxin exposure and life event is thought to contribute to an individual’s illness.
Therefore, diagnosis is not just one simple answer. A diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. It is Dr. Melissa’s job to map out theses causes and tie them together, just like a puzzle. Dr. Melissa will string together many triggering events or exposures and discover why you are suffering from a a disease. From there, She will treat the “Why”.
How does Dr. Melissa map it out??
Through an extensive medical symptoms questionnaire and lengthy patient history, she will compile a list of tests that patient should complete. these can include blood work, functional tests or further questionnaires. Functional Medicine looks at “optimal” ranges of tests rather than pathological ranges, and ratios and patterns of tests are also evaluated. Even the smallest results can mean the biggest changes.
What happens next??
After investigating the patient history and analyzing the test results, a plan of action is put together. The next step is for the patient to be ready to move forward into a healthy life. can include dietary changes, daily supplements and overall lifestyle changes. In functional medicine, no person should wear their disease like a a scarlet letter. It is possible to rid yourself of disease.
Why treat the “why”??
In Functional Medicine, we believe there is no reason anyone should suffer from illness. It is our job to peel back the layers and find out why this happened and focus on the triggering event(s) By treating the why, it is not a band-aid over the problem, but a rooted treatment from the ground up.
What can Functional Medicine help?? here are a few conditions but not limited to:
- Auto Immunity
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Gastrointestinal Conditions- Leaky gut, SIBO, food intolerance
- Hormonal Conditions
- Adrenal Dysfunction