Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine involves understanding the etiology, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. It is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing assessment on the biochemically unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore physiological, psychological, and structural balance.

Seven basic principles influence the functional medicine approach:

  • Science-based medicine

    connecting new research with clinical practice.
  • Biochemical individuality

    based on genetic and environmental uniqueness.
  • Patient-centered

    care rather than disease-focused.
  • Dynamic balance

    of internal and external factors.
  • Web-like interconnections

    of physiological processes.
  • Health as a positive vitality

    not merely the absence of disease.

Using these principles, Integra focuses on understanding the fundamental physiological processes, the environmental inputs, and the genetic predispositions that influence each patient’s experience of health and disease.

Environmental inputs include the air and water in your community, the particular diet you eat, toxic exposures, the quality of the food available to you, physical exercise, and traumas you may have experienced.

Genetic predisposition is not an unavoidable outcome for your life; your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, plus your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes are expressed (activated and experienced).

Our fundamental physiological processes involve cellular communication; energy transformation; replication, repair, and maintenance; waste elimination; protection/defense and transport/circulation. These processes are influenced by environment and by genes, and when they are disturbed or imbalanced, they lead to symptoms, which can lead to disease if effective interventions are not applied.

Most imbalances in functionality can be addressed; some can be completely restored to optimum function and others can be substantially improved. Virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in functionality that need to be identified and effectively managed.

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