What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease,
using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and
provider in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the
practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of
the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered
focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach,
functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an
isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend
time with their patients, reviewing their histories and looking at
the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle
factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic
disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique
expression of health and vitality for each individual.
How Is Functional Medicine Different?
medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of
complex, chronic disease.
Hallmarks of a functional medicine
A New Approach
Utilizing Functional Medicine Dr. Bain
offers a new approach to management and prevention of chronic
disease that embodies the art and science of medicine. It
integrates what we know about how the human body works with
patient-centered, science-based care. Functional medicine addresses
the causes of chronic disease, which are rooted in lifestyle
choices, environmental exposures, and genetic influences.
Functional medicine emphasizes the
therapeutic partnership, which engages the heart, mind, and spirit
of both practitioner and client, and encourages moments of deep
insight that contribute to more comprehensive answers to stubborn,
complex medical problems.
The key to functional medicine is
treating each person as an individual and getting to the root cause
of health problems. Prior to your first appointment with Dr. Bain
we will need a complete medical history which includes not only
includes the forms you usually expect to fill out for a new
doctor's appointment but also several questionnaires. These
questionnaires will help us get a detailed description of your
child's current state of health, detailed health history or
timeline, family history, diet, lifestyle habits, etc. The
purpose of this medical history timeline is to see what events,
symptoms, testing and diagnoses occurred at each age as well as
information on any recommended treatment plans, supplements,
medications and therapies.
Functional Medicine means your child
will also need to fill out questionnaires on a variety of topics,
and undergo laboratory tests. The extensive information that is
collected is used to determine the underlying imbalances and
influences (whether genetic, environmental, or psychosocial) that
have produced the context for disease or dysfunction. Dr. Bain
evaluates seven key functional/biological systems to come to a full
understanding of the various causes underlying your child's chronic
disease/problem. Only then can Dr. Bain recommend a customized,
comprehensive interventional treatment plan that will reestablish
balance and functionality, and restore health to your child.
Treatment plans are drawn from both conventional and integrative
medicine, and include lifestyle adjustments based on clinical
Functional medicine gives Dr. Bain the
tools to prescribe an effective response to chronic disease.
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