|Dr. Jeffrey Bland and Susan Bland|
- Enhancing overall well-being
- Overcoming and preventing illness
- Improving energy level and appearance
- Increasing the length and quality of life
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- Functional Medicine offers a powerful new system model for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease. It is replacing the outdated and acute-care models from the 20th century.
- Functional Medicine utilizes the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the progression of disease.
- Functional Medicine is enabling physicians and other health professionals to practice personalized medicine. It empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.
However, the acute-care approach to medicine is ill equipped to address chronic disease. Acute care does not normally take into account factors like stress, diet, and exposure to toxins. Many physicians have no training to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic diseases. They don’t apply strategies like nutrition, diet, and exercise to treat and prevent illnesses.
- Get the patient’s complete story
- Identify and address the patient’s lifestyle factors as well as any undesirable environmental factors
- Address any clinical imbalance the patient may have
- Establish a working partnership between practitioner and patient.