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What is functional Medicine
Functional medicine is a revolutionary concept which emphasizes that everything is connected. The mind is affected by the different organs of the body and vice versa. Our gut, for instance, has been linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other mental disorders. Some studies show that problems with neurotransmitter production starts from the gut before it affects the brain. There is also growing evidence that toxicity, nutritional deficiency, blood sugar control and other dietary factors are highly associated with brain dysfunction. Recognizing this complex connection, functional medicine examines all the factors that may have impact on the patient's condition as opposed to conventional medicine that only concentrates on the disease itself.
As functional medicine emerges as a new treatment for mental illness, the focus is redirected to the underlying causes of the illness rather than the symptoms. This holistic approach involves the assessment of clinical imbalances through the patient's medical history, physical examination and laboratory tests. Functional medicine also looks into the genetic makeup of a patient and environmental factors such as diet, physical activities, traumatic experience, and exposure to toxic substances. And in order to fully understand the condition of a patient, functional medicine practitioners consider the psychological, spiritual and social elements that influence the patient's health.
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With the increasing epidemic of psychiatric disorders adversely affecting the lives of millions of people, functional medicine holds the promise of a more natural, holistic and effective treatment to mental illness.
If you are experiencing symptoms affecting your mental or physical health and want to get to the root of the problem once and for all consider having an evaluation with a practitioner that has been trained in functional medicine. Experienced Functional Medicine practitioners at Thrive Counseling are available.
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