Chronic disease has reached epidemic proportions in America. Millions of people suffer from chronic conditions like fatigue, chronic pain, diabetes, obesity, depression, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, increase in chronic eye disease and chronic headaches (to name a few). If you’re one of them, a new approach may help you.

By Wellness Team 

Integrative functional medicine heals body, mind and spirit.

“We are leaders in acute care in this country. But we are in a chronic care crisis,” says Melissa Young, MD, Head of the Center for Integrative Medicine. “I believe an integrative functional medicine approach that focuses on the patient and on treating the underlying cause of disease can better address the chronic care crisis.”

Considering the whole person — and more

Dr. Young combines functional medicine and integrative medicine in her practice. The two disciplines complement, rather than replace, traditional medicine. In integrative medicine:

  • You and the practitioner are partners in the healing process.
  • All factors that influence your health, wellness and disease are considered. This includes not just your body, but your mind, spirit, and community, too.
  • Treatments should be effective, natural and less invasive whenever possible.
  • Both conventional and alternative methods help to facilitate the body’s innate healing.

Functional medicine also supports a partnership between you and the practitioner, and stresses that you take ownership of your own healing. But it offers a brand new way to assess, treat and prevent chronic disease.

Uncovering the roots of chronic disease

Functional medicine looks at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence your long-term health. These factors can also lead to complex, chronic disease.
Dr. Young stresses that integrative functional medicine experts are not primary care physicians. They are part of the healthcare team led by a good primary care doctor who coordinates your care.
The initial visit with an integrative functional medicine specialist begins with an extensive health history that includes:

  • A detailed medical history
  • An in-depth exploration of your diet, physical activity, supplements, exposure to environmental toxins, sleep habits, stressors and life-shaping events
  • Determining your health goals
  • Developing a treatment plan to help you work toward those goals in step-wise fashion

Functional testing

“We see a lot of patients who don’t feel well despite normal blood work and physical examinations with their primary care physicians. But the absence of disease does not denote health and wellness,” says Dr. Young. “Integrative medicine and functional medicine have the tools for deeper assessment and treatment.”……..
Read More: http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/07/how-a-new-kind-of-care-helps-your-fatigue-aches-pains/
Source: Cleveland Clinic & Health Hub
 

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