Functional and Integrative Medicine

There are many Medicines. Which one is right for you?

Functional & Integrative Medicine can go hand-in-hand, often overlapping to such extent that it is difficult for those looking a the natural whole person approach to wellness make a decision where to start. We hope the information bellow helps you decide where you’d like to start your Wellness Journey. As the provider and client’s therapeutic relationship evolves , it quickly becomes clearer to clients where they stand and it becomes vital for them to communicate their preference.

FUNCTIONAL

Addresses the underlying causes, resolution & prevention of Chronic Disease through comprehensive evaluation rooted in comprehensive laboratory evaluation (aka not just symptoms, history, and physical exam)

Addresses the whole person driven by Objective Personalized Laboratory testing & Imaging rather than Subjective Symptoms

Natural Treatment:

  • Uses Herbals/Supplements/Oils/etc than Prescription Drugs when appropriate based on laboratory data & client presentation & long term goals
  • Emphasizes & Monitors Lifestyle Practices (Nutrition/Movement/Self Care & Stress Management, etc)
  • Duration: Varies per Individual Biochemistry # of Root Causes of Illness Identified with Testing, and Level of Wellness Desired (min 3 month-years)

CASE EXAMPLES

Sally has had 5 sinus infection this winter. She does not want to take prescription antibiotics again.

Sally sees a Functional Provider who treats her for her current acute infection & orders an combination of laboratory testing to evaluate her Immunity. She returns to discuss her testing and discovers how her Sinus Infections, Seasonal Allergies & Migraines, and Lower Back Pain are caused from the same internal issues. She and her Provider design a Wellness Program. By next year Sally has minimal headaches, minor sinus infection, no lower back pain and notices her that her period and digestion are improved.


Steve has had lower back pain and cholesterol issues for years. He’s already done 1 back surgery and is not as excited to do another as his Primary Doctor is. Nor does he want to start cholesterol prescription pills – he already eats more salads than last year.

Steve sees the Functional Provider: He is given a treatment for his lower back pain (herbals, acupuncture, adjustment, lifestyle recs) and recommended to check labwork for causes of inflammation & degradation of bone and liver function.

Steve was surprised to discover he has Yeast Overgrowth in his Digestive tract as he didn’t have digestive symptoms and that he was missing key nutrients for his Liver to work optimally. He and his Functional provider designed a Wellness Program to sequentially reducing the Yeast, Improving the Nutritional deficiencies, and supporting the Liver over the next 6 months. In 2 months Steve’s back pain & cholesterol improved ( back surgery & prescriptions deferred). Over the next 6 months, he learns he can in fact have more salads & get better rest, and that his moods have significantly improved.

INTEGRATIVE

Addresses symptoms & management of Acute & Chronic disease management & treatment, not necessarily looking for all of an individual’s root causes of illness (aka combination of symptoms, history, physical exam, and some level of lab data)

Addresses the whole person driven by Subjective Symptom & Disease Presentation then Laboratory & Imaging Data

Natural Treatment:

  • Uses Herbals/Supplements/Oils etc than Prescription Drugs when appropriate based more often on client presentation and immediate goals
  • Recommends Change in Lifestyle Practices (Nutrition/Movement/Self Care & Stress Management, etc)
  • Duration : Varies per Individual’s Acute vs Symptoms (days- years)


CASE EXAMPLES

Sally has a sinus infection for the last 2 weeks that has not improved. She does not want to take prescription antibiotics.

She sees an Integrative Provider who treats her current acute infection. Sally recovers in 2 wks. She returns in the fall same year because she has a a headache. The Integrative Provider treats Sally for her seasonal allergies and headaches minimize. This winter she has less sinus infections than previous year. She returns to the Provider next spring because she has lower back pain and again that winter because the herbs she took for the last sinus infection helped a lot.


Steve has had lower back pain and cholesterol issues for years. He’s already done 1 back surgery and is not as excited to do another as his Primary Doctor is. Nor does he want to start cholesterol prescription pills – he already eats more salads than last year.

Steve sees the Integrative Provider: He is given a treatment for his lower back pain (herbals, acupuncture, adjustment, lifestyle recs). During the evaluation, the Practitioner decides to support Bone and Liver Health.

Steve is put in a 3-6 month supplemental program with lifestyle recommendations – in 2 months his back pain is stabilized and he defers the surgery; his cholesterol is lower and the PCP decides to hold off on the prescription medicine. Steve continues to follow with the Integrative Provider and manage his Back Pain and Cholesterol issues with natural interventions.

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