What is a
Functional Approach to Health?
The National Cancer Institute defines Allopathic Medicine as “a system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. Also called biomedicine, conventional medicine, mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine, and Western medicine.”
Simply put, if you have acid reflux you’ll end up with an acid blocker. If you’re dealing with high cholesterol, you might get put on a statin. High blood pressure? Beta-blocker. Horrible PMS and hormonal acne? Birth control.
Whatever the symptom, there’s a drug for it.
The mainstream healthcare system was not trained to support patients in their journey to prevent chronic disease. It was designed to treat acute symptoms and deal with emergencies like a child getting pink eye, or someone having a heart attack.
In Western medicine, if you’re healthy, you don’t need medication. If you’re sick, you’re on medication to prevent whatever symptoms you’re dealing with.
But what about the journey from healthy to sick? How did you get there? What happened along the way that could’ve been prevented?
Rather than “What can I take to stop my joint pain?” what if we were to ask “Why am I having joint pain? What am I eating? What does my level of activity look like? Are there food sensitivities that are causing inflammation in my body?”
This shift in thinking clearly shows a prioritization of root cause analysis. Let’s stop putting a band-aid on the symptoms and go for the real culprit – our lifestyle choices.
As you’ll soon learn, these lifestyle-induced diseases are not only manageable with the right tools, but they are preventable!
The body is a dynamic system.
All of its pieces and parts: thyroid, liver, gut, adrenals, hormones, and more, do not act in isolation. If you work on the health of the gut, you are undeniably improving thyroid function and hormone health. It’s important to understand these connections so that you can truly take a functional & integrative approach; finding the root cause and treating the individual as a whole.
No matter your focus whether it’s fat loss, lowering inflammation, improving hormones, healing acne, or eliminating achy joints… the body as a dynamic system must be the foundation of your protocol. This will no doubt change the way you think as you move forward in pursuing a career in functional health.
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