What is Functional wellness?
Functional Wellness, rather than targeting individual symptoms, focuses on the optimal functioning of the entire body and its organs. As functional nutrition practitioners, we understand that dysfunction precedes disease and use lab testing to pinpoint any dysfunction. By targeting the dysfunction, not the disease or symptoms themselves, we eliminate the root cause of the problem. In order to achieve that, we design highly personalized, natural supplement protocols and also teach positive dietary and lifestyle behaviors. We understand that all factors directly influence chronic health issues and long-term vitality.
To simplify this, let’s use the analogy of a beautiful, small tree that you have just planted in your front yard. Its leaves start to turn brown a few days later and you do not know what to do… One “plant doctor” comes by and says, “Oh no! The leaves are turning brown; let’s just paint them green really quickly and they’ll be good as new!” You think this plan sounds too good to be true, but you give it a try. It seems to work at first, but then some leaves fall of and even more leaves turn brown.
Then, a gardener comes by. He says, “Poor tree, it could be suffering from any number of problems. There could be a lack of water, poor nutrients in the soil, inadequate sunlight, an infection, or the tree could simply be stressed by its brand new environment and needs time to adapt!” He tells you it will take some detective work to figure it out, but that it is necessary so that the optimal solution can be reached, allowing the tree to flourish in your front yard.
While conventional medicine has many amazing merits and there are times we need it in the case of emergencies, such as broken bones, conventional medicine is failing millions of people when it comes to treating chronic problems, such as fatigue, weight gain, depression, dementia, sleeping problems and so much more.
Here is a table that summarizes some major differences between functional medicine and conventional medicine when it comes to treating chronic, lasting problems.