Functional Medicine is a systems approach to illness that looks for the root cause of illness not just addressing symptoms. Functional Medicine is a shift in the way health care is looked at, it involves spending time with patients, listening to their health history, listening to their complaints, assessing genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that may contribute to health matters. Patients are actively involved in their care.
Why Is Functional Medicine Important?
1)There is a large increase in the number of people suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, allergies, cancers, mental health disorders and autoimmune diseases.
2)The system of traditional medicine is focused on symptoms and the medications to treat those symptoms. Unfortunately, this method of care does not allow for the methods to prevent and treat the causes of disease at its roots.
3)Traditional medicine does not allow for the consideration of unique individual genetic factors, an individual's exposure to toxins, or aspects of a person's lifestyle that contribute to the rise in chronic diseases.
4)Traditional medical doctor's do not have the time allowance that is required to work with a patient at this level of care. Insurance companies are pushing them to see more and more patients in less time. This model lets the patient down as only symptoms are addressed as medications are prescribed.
5)Traditionally trained medical doctors do not have the background in this systems approach to care, nor the education on nutrition, diet and exercise needed to not only treat but prevent these chronic illnesses in patients.
Dr. Cain would love to be your Functional Medicine Expert!
Using Functional Medicine to find the root causes of your illness, Dr. Cain examines underlying triggers that are contributing to your illness and using cutting edge lab testing will create a personalized approach to treating the cause, not just the symptoms.
These treatments can consist of diet, supplementation and lifestyle changes to bring back a state of balanced health in the least invasive way possible. There may be times when medications are required, and this can be co-managed with your primary care physician if necessary.
Dr. Cain will help to restore your health to optimal and strives to give you hope that anything is possible when we give our bodies what they require and take away the things that they do not need, or that do harm.