Why Do We Need Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine practitioners promote wellness by focusing on the fundamental underlying factors that influence every patient’s experience of health and disease. We will assess which systems are out of the balance, what the contributing factors are unique to that particular patient and then design a treatment plan utilizing a systematic, therapeutic order for optimal healing. Dr. David Morcom recognizes that even natural medicine can be used symptomatically if not addressing the root imbalances and the order of treatment does matter and make a difference. Dr. Morcom will assess the patient’s status through:
- Careful history taking & detailed questionnaires
- Advanced blood work & diagnostic testing
- Physical Examination & Pattern Recognition
There are multiple factors that Dr. Morcom must take into account including environmental, psychological, sociological & genetic factors.
Functional medicine practitioners look at environmental factors like the air your breath, the water you drink and the particular diet that you eat. Not only do functional medicine practitioners look at diet, but they also look at the food quality available to you, your physical experience and the number of toxins you’re currently being exposed to.
Psychological & Sociological Factors
Psychological, spiritual, and social factors all can have a profound influence on your health. Considering these areas helps the Functional Medicine practitioner see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms.
Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows that your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes are activated and expressed.
Through assessment of these underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction, the Functional Medicine practitioner is able to understand how key processes are affected. These are the body’s processes that keep you alive. Some occur at the cellular level and involve how cells function, repair, and maintain themselves. These processes are related to larger functions, such as:
- how your body rids itself of toxins
- regulation of hormones and
- immune system function
- inflammatory responses
- digestion and absorption of nutrients
- the health of the digestive tract
- structural integrity
- psychological and spiritual equilibrium
- how you produce energy
All of these processes are influenced by environmental factors and your genetic makeup; when they are disturbed or imbalanced, they lead to symptoms, which can lead to disease if effective interventions are not applied.
A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment
Most imbalances in functionality can be addressed; some can be completely restored to optimum function, and others can be substantially improved
Prevention is paramount. Virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in-functionality that can be identified and effectively managed.
Changing how the systems function can have a major impact on the patient’s health.
The Functional Medicine practitioner examines a wide array of available interventions and customizes a treatment plan including those with the
most impact on underlying functionality
Functional Medicine expands the clinician’s tool kit. Treatments may include combinations of drugs, botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, therapeutic diets, or detoxification programs. They may also include counseling on lifestyle, exercise, or stress-management techniques.
The patient becomes a partner. As a patient, you become an active partner with your Functional Medicine practitioner.Such a partnership allows you to be in charge of improving your own health and changing the outcome of a disease.