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Functional Medicine, also called Integrative Medicine and Curative Medicine

Date Posted July 17th, 2013

Health Remedies embraces the relatively new healthcare model - Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine, also called Integrative Medicine and Curative Medicine, represents an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the health care needs of the 21st century. By shifting the focus away from the traditional diagnosis-centered “disease care” of modern medical practice toward a more person-centered approach, Health Remedies espouses the philosophy first articulated by Sir William Osler, “it is much more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has.” We emphasize the need to address you, not as a constellation of symptoms or as a diseased organ, but as a whole person with unique genetic, environmental, and life-related determinants of your health and happiness.

Unfortunately, far too many clinicians - whether medical physicians, naturopathic doctors, or chiropractors - spend far too much of their time diagnosing diseases of civilization and rendering end-point treatments and far too little time and energy on identifying and correcting the biological imbalances causing your symptoms in the first place. We think of symptoms as signals or alarms telling you something is out of amiss. If you see a flashing red warning light alerting you that there is something wrong with your car’s engine, you don’t just unplug it or cover it with duct tape so you can no longer see it or put a bandage on it. Too often, by exclusively emphasizi


ng only symptom relief, traditional medicine is only applying a band-aid, only masking the underlying problem. This practice has allowed chronic degenerative diseases to flourish.

Conventional medical care focuses on long term degenerative processes only after they have erupted into advanced, and often life-threatening clinical illness. The leading causes of death have not changed since the 1950’s – heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory illness, kidney disease, and diabetes did not develop out of a blue sky. Instead they are the result of slow relentless decay that are decades in the making, what we like to call Diseases of Civilization.

Diseases of Civilization are similar to an iceberg – only one-third of it is visible above the surface. The other two-thirds lurks darkly beneath the surface waiting to in Titanic fashion claim unwary victims. The diseases of civilization, that have not changed in half a century and that are still killing us in record numbers, represent only the “tip of the iceberg.” We aren’t content to focus only on “the tip” of your “disease iceberg.” Instead of merely treating your symptoms, we focus on the unique biochemical mediators of your symptoms in order to not only help you feel better, but also to propel you farther down your path toward optimum health, vitality, and functioning.

Through careful listening, detailed history-taking, and modern state of the art and science laboratory testing, we delve beneath the surface, examine thoroughly the two-thirds of your iceberg of disease to customize our treatment recommendations.

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