Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease 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.
At TMC, we address the root cause, rather than symptoms, and focus on the complexity of disease. We may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, we are able to treat and prevent disease by targeting specific imbalances in each individual.
THE TMC APPROACH TO FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
One of the failings of our traditional medical system is that it treats disease and dysfunction as something that happens to us, and is beyond our control. This thinking places us in a passive position, as if we are victims to our own genes, bad luck, chance, etc. When it comes to chronic disease and illness, that is simply out right false.
Our health is very much determined by our lifestyle choices, including food, exercise, and stress management, among others. The sooner we can recognize this and begin to practice healthcare, rather than disease care, the more empowered we will be.
The latest biomedical research is proving this truth over and over again.
This model is most true, when we look at mental states, and chronic brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, dementia, and Parkinson’s.
Although our knowledge of the brain, and workings of the mind, are still in their infancy, we are rapidly making progress as to how managing our lifestyle choices, and our stressors, can lead to happier, more fulfilling, and longer lives.