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What is Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine Functional Medicine is Designed for the 21st Century Patient

If you are standing on a tack no amount of aspirin or pain medication will make the discomfort of the tack completely disappear. The medicine will only subdue the pain temporarily.  You must remove the tack to allow the discomfort to abate. If you are standing on two tacks removing only one is not enough to make you feel better. You must address both triggers to be completely free of the pain. Functional Medicine does this.

Unfortunately, our current medical system addresses disease just this way.

Instead of getting to the root cause of a problem, symptoms are simply treated with disregard for what is causing the problem in the first place. When a disease process has multiple symptoms often patients end up on multiple medications. Essentially a pill for every ill, as many who practice Functional Medicine like to say.

“Essentially a pill for every ill”…. Functional Medicine is different.

It aims to get to the root cause of disease by identifying specific details of a patient’s physiology, history, lifestyle or genetic makeup which might be contributing to the problem.  Functional Medicine practitioners also consider an individual’s internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social) environments as factors which contribute to overall functioning.

Functional Medicine treats the whole individual, not just organ systems. Disease affects all organ systems so it only makes sense not to isolate out separate systems. Functional Medicine practitioners apply strategies such as nutrition, diet and exercise to treat and prevent chronic illnesses in their patients.

Functional Medicine teaches individuals how to eat, think and be healthy by engaging them in their own healthcare. This empowers patients to take an active role in their own healthcare and not simply be prescription fillers. This focus on care not only relieves symptoms, it provides a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.

Functional Medicine integrates the best of traditional Western medicine with some practices considered “alternative” or “integrative”. The approach in Functional Medicine uses evidence based research and the latest in laboratory testing and diagnostic techniques and medical therapies, as well as less traditional practices which may include botanicals, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, and individualized exercise and stress-reduction programs to achieve optimal health.

We are at a crossroads in the practice of medicine and must stop treating the effects of disease and start treating the causes of disease. It is time to move to a preventative model that aims to get to the root cause of disease. At Thrive Center for Personalized Healthcare and Wellness we have designed an environment to give patients the tools they need to become disease-free and get on the path towards optimal health.

We are a new kind of health center offering the best of Traditional Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine all under one roof.

The certified physicians and staff at Thrive provide all the tools individuals need to live healthy and vibrant lives. Our workshops and group classes educate and motivate patients in a supportive and healing environment. At Thrive, our kitchen offers healthy cooking classes that are nutritionally and medically themed.

Furthermore, the Mind-Body and Spirit programs help personalize exercise and self-care tools of stress-reduction and meditation as well as restorative massage and holistic skin care to achieve total body care.

We look forward to empowering patients to become the pillars of health in their own lives and in the lives of our community.

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.-Maria Robinson

– See more at: https://www.functionalmedicine.org