Functional Medicine is a patient-centered approach to health. This method of evaluating illness/disease looks at the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, taking a comprehensive history, examination and assessing the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.
The functional medicine approach utilizes blood work, along with history and examination findings to determine which of the lastest diagnostic tests of the blood, saliva, urine or stool is required to determine the underlying cause of illness. There is an integration of Western medical practice along with alternative (integrative) medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise.
Treatment can be a combination of supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs or stress-management techniques.
Examples of conditions that benefit from a functional medicine approach include: low energy, diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis, indigestion/IBD, hormone dysfunctions, asthma, skin conditions, PMS, headaches.
Dr. Snider is a certified functional medicine practitioner, IFMCP and CFMP, and she has a Masters degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.
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