Working with a Functional Medicine Practitioner
Functional medicine practitioners promote wellness by focusing on the fundamental underlying
factors that influence every client’s experience of health and disease.
The Functional Medicine Approach to Assessment
This approach assesses the client’s fundamental clinical imbalances through careful history taking, physical
examination, and laboratory testing. As a functional medicine practitioner, we will consider multiple factors, including:
- Environmental inputs – The air you breathe and the water you drink, the particular diet you eat, the quality of the food available to you, your level of physical exercise, and toxic exposures or traumas you have
experienced all affect your health.
- Mind-body elements – Psychological, spiritual, and social factors all can have a profound influence on your health. Considering these areas helps the functional medicine practitioner see your health in the context of
you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms.
- Genetic makeup – Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows that your genes may
be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs.
That means it is possible to change the way genes are activated and expressed.
Through assessment of these underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction, the functional
medicine practitioner is able to understand how key processes are affected. These are the body’s processes that keep you alive. Some occur at the cellular level and involve how cells function,
repair, and maintain themselves. These processes are related to larger biological functions, such as: how your body
rids itself of toxins regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters immune system function inflammatory responses
All of these processes are influenced by both environmental factors and your genetic make-up; when
they are disturbed or imbalanced, they lead to symptoms, which can lead to disease if effective
interventions are not applied.
A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment
Most imbalances in functionality can be addressed; some can be completely restored to optimum
function, and others can be substantially improved.
- Prevention is paramount. Virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in functionality.
- Changing how the systems function can have a major impact on the client’s health. The functional medicine practitioner examines a wide array of available interventions and customizes a treatment plan including those with the most impact on underlying functionality.
- Functional medicine expands the clinician’s tool kit. Treatments may include combinations of botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, therapeutic diets, or detoxification programs.
They may also include counseling on lifestyle, exercise, or stress-management techniques.
- The client becomes a partner. As a patient, you become an active partner with your functional medicine practitioner. This allows you to really be in charge of improving your own health and changing the outcome of disease.
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Full Spectrum Energy Medicine
Veronica Sauter, Ph.D., D.N.M., C.T.N.
Board Certified Traditional Naturopath
Diplomate - Anti-Aging and and Functional Medicine