What Is Functional Medicine?
The majority of physicians today practice medicine that is oriented towards acute care. Acute care isolates and treats a specific injury or set of symptoms while ignoring the rest of the body. Functional medicine, on the other hand, looks at the patient as a whole and treats presenting symptoms as pieces of a bigger picture.
Physicians practicing functional medicine review multiple aspects of a patient’s life, from family medical history and diet to biology and physiology. These combined facets form a more complete picture of the patient’s condition, allowing the physician to give the patient recommendations that are better suited for the individual and their lifestyle. This personalized, patient-centered approach is coupled with a strong emphasis on preventative care. The goal is more than merely keeping the patient healthy; it’s helping the patient reach their optimal health.
This unique, forward-thinking approach to medicine has proven to be very effective when dealing with chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, mental illness, and more. To see additional chronic diseases that can be treated with functional medicine, click the button below.
Functional nutrition is the most important aspect of functional medicine. External factors, like food and toxins, play a key role in our well-being. Every person has a unique genetic makeup that responds differently to various factors, and our environment can have a surprisingly powerful impact on our health. In fact, the vast majority of chronic diseases are directly related to diet and lifestyle.
Functional nutrition focuses on utilizing phytonutrients (natural chemicals found in plants) and high-quality foods. Together, these powerful resources help restore balance in the body.
But how is this different than the treatment you would get from a typical nutritional professional? A functional nutrition practitioner takes their research and your care to an entirely different level by examining your nutrition at the cellular and molecular levels. They can combine that knowledge with the wholistic picture of your well-being to give you incredible insight into your health.
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Elizabeth Hill, DO
Dr. Hill believes in a teamwork-based relationship between her and her patients. Her goal is to empower patients to not only stay healthy, but to reach their highest potential for health.
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