2013-06-21 / In the Know


It is time for all of us to ask again “why do I have this condition”? What are the underlying issues that have contributed to the onset of this condition? Is my Hypertension or arthritis a disease or a symptom of some underlying metabolic or immune dysfunction? Should I just go ahead and take the medicine that is considered the standard of care for treating this condition? Or, should there be further evaluation to answere the question of where dysfunction is originating and what are the contributing factors driving it?

In most situations and in planning for wellness a Functional Medicine evaluation and plan of care can help to address these questions.

In integrating his significant experience in conventional Family Medicine with Functional Medicine, Dr. Sholl looks further “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (body, soul, spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. Through this, the doctorpatient team reaches a higher level of understanding of the patient’s “story” and can make better informed decisions about treatment and wellness options.

Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise. This approach also can include use of the latest laboratory and diagnostic techniques, prescribed medications and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, and stress management techniques.

More information about Functional Medicine can be found at The Institute for Functional Medicine home website: www.functionalmedicine.org.

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