Functional Medicine. What?….and Why?
It's a new flash term, very popular with healthcare providers. It's not necessarily something new, just a recently highlighted field of health services provided by any licensed healthcare provider; very popular with Doctors of Chiropractic, Naturopathy, Acupuncture, and Holistic Healthcare Providers. It is also vaguely similar in approach to what a Medical Internist does.
A Macro-Overview includes: Researching a Patient's Symptoms; Identifying what Laboratory (Blood) work may be influenced by these Symptoms; Ordering affiliated lab testing; Evaluations of those Lab Results; Creation of a Supplement Prescription/Diet or Lifestyle Changes Plan; Repeating the Bloodwork at the end of the Plan to determine the effectiveness of the Plan; Repeat, or Modify, or End. However, Functional Medicine has more stringent limits (high/low readings) regarding lab results, and a Functional Medicine Healthcare Provider will order more detailed testing to evaluate the biochemistry at more detailed levels.
A Functional Medicine Specialist understands a patient's Biochemistry Errors in performance, and offers Treatment Plans which may improve the overall performance of all major organs of the human body including Thyroid, Digestive System, Liver, Kidneys, Cardiovascular, Nervous, Reproductive, and more.
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