What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.
Conventional medicine isn’t really healthcare—it’s disease management. Rather than optimize wellness through preventive and restorative lifestyle strategies, it focuses on managing illness once it has already occurred, primarily by suppressing symptoms with prescription drugs.
As Functional Medicine practitioners, we aim to prevent disease from happening in the first place, and when it does, we seek to reverse it completely by investigating and then treating its underlying cause. You can think of Functional Medicine clinicians as “health detectives.” We support patients to recover their functions, so they can “graduate” from care and get back to living their lives.
The Difference Between Functional Medicine & The Conventional Approach
Collaborative, Patient-Centered Model
Relieves Symptoms by Addressing Root Causes
High-Touch and High-Tech
Expert, doctor-centered model
Everyone treated the same way
Suppresses symptoms with drugs
Early detection of disease
Understanding Thyroid Imbalances
Plays a major role in controlling how quickly your body uses energy. The Thyroid is also responsible for making proteins and controls your sensitivity to various hormones. Because the thyroid has a direct effect on the heart and other organs, it’s very important that it functions properly.
The production of the hormones triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), and calcitonin is carried out by the thyroid. These hormones support organs such as the spleen, liver, and kidney and spleen. Brain cells are a major target for the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 and are particularly critical to the development of the fetus. The thyroid also plays a role in calcium levels in the blood and aids in a child’s growth and development.
Two thyroid conditions typically require attention: “hyperthyroidism,” defined by an over-active thyroid gland, and “hypothyroidism” which occurs when the gland is under active. Check out the box below for symptoms associated with each condition.
Manage & Support For Your Thyroid
Traditional treatments such as beta blockers to reduce symptoms are used and anti-thyroid drugs that block thyroid hormones are sometimes recommended. In most cases, these drugs need to be taken frequently (such as one pill every eight hours) so some patients look for other treatments (surgery is used in difficult cases). Hypothyroidism is often treated with hormone replacement therapy. In many cases, it takes a few weeks for drugs to become effective.
Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid)
- Lack of motivation
- Weight gain
- Lack of mental acuity
- Cold feet and/or hands
- Dry skin or scalp
- Change in bowel movements
- Headaches (mostly in the morning)
Hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid)
- Quick pulse, even when resting
- Inability to sleep
- Nervousness or becoming over emotional
- Heart palpitations
- Night sweats
- Shaking or trembling
- Weight loss
What We Do
We strive to improve the quality of life for patients who have a diverse range of conditions.
Our practice focuses on the life-changing benefits of regenerative medicine with a holistic approach to care that considers overall wellness.
Patient Success Stories
Curious to know how our patients found relief with functional medicine? Our patients amaze us everyday! Their life-altering results inspire our mission. We think their stories will inspire you to take action.