Functional nutrition treatments are personalized to the patient’s needs, which differ greatly from conventional approaches. From a metabolic standpoint, each individual is unique, and everyone reacts to conditions differently. While the disease may have a specific moniker, it is not as important as addressing the underlying causes of disease, which may be perpetuating the symptoms. Conventional medicine breaks the body up into different components or body parts. Think about it: you may go see a cardiologist, neurologist, rheumatologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist, or others depending on what system may be affected at the time.
Functional nutrition, by contrast, appreciates the fact our bodies are made up of a connected system of intertwined organs and processes working together as a whole. It is not simply bad luck that one person has multiple “diseases,” such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma, ADHD, irritable bowel syndrome and migraines. All of these are related. If conventional medicine were to treat all these issues individually, they are missing the bigger picture and it may not be effective in treating, or even reversing, chronic illness long term.
Using scientific, objective data, advanced diagnostic procedures (such as nutrient testing, organic acid testing, food sensitivity testing, hormone testing, stool sampling, heavy metal testing) and treatments other than surgery or drugs, functional medicine aims to correct the patient’s physiology.