Functional Medicine is an exciting medical specialty (and certification for health care providers) that is being spearheaded by Cleveland Clinic's Institute For Functional Medicine (IFM) and Dr. Mark Hyman. This is their mission statement:
"Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of diseases for each individual. The Functional Medicine Model is an individualized, patient centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient's genetic, biochemical and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes. By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual."
This is the philosophy of New Life Functional Medicine. We want to get to the root cause of your symptoms and fix the problems "upstream" rather than giving medications for each symptom. So instead of treating the headache with medicine first, we try to determine the cause of the headaches and fix that. We do this with generous appointment times that include a thorough medical history, specialty labs and assistance with diet and lifestyle changes. If needed, medications, supplements and bio-identical hormone therapy can be part of the treatment plan. We believe each patient is unique, having different lifestyles, belief systems and budgets. Our mission is to help each patient reach achievable goals for their health, lifestyle and budget.