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Functional Medicine Explained

Functional medicine is the new kid on the block when it comes to primary care.

It is still controversial in some circles and ultimately, still some years away from becoming mainstream.

So what is it all about?

Functional medicine sees health on a continuum – using unique testing that can help clinicians find out where you are exactly on that continuum and offer some predictive advice as to where you might be 1, 5, or 10+ years from now BEFORE problems develop.

Functional medicine is not a replacement for alternative or conventional medicine. It is a bridge between the two, and can be applied both acute and chronic conditions.

Think of functional medicine as “Personalized Lifestyle Medicine”.

It is NOT focused on a diagnosis. It is focused on identifying functional impairments on a spectrum of health. Once you see how different systems are functioning on a continuum of health, you can then work with your healthcare provider on unique food, supplement, and lifestyle strategies to actively promote a better place on that spectrum. Pharmaceutical and surgical options are still turned to when necessary. []

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Written by Alex of DrAlexRinehart.com