Heart Disease and Functional Medicine

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Pro
  • Many individuals live with symptoms where the cause cannot be identified. Sometimes investigating a medical condition requires more than just a traditional point of view.


    Here is an excerpt from Dr. Cynthia Shelby-Lane's report 7 Anti-Aging Secrets for Staying Young & Living Longer where she has explained functional medicine.


    What is functional medicine?


    FUNCTIONAL Medicine is a term that was coined in 1993 to describe the medicine of the future. In fact, today, many complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, practitioners use a functional medicine approach that includes the following:

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    Patient uniqueness: Each individual is unique. This uniqueness encompasses voluntary activities, such as decision-making, personality development, and emotional response, and involuntary activities like metabolism of nutrients, cellular processing of information, and communication among the body's organ systems. Functional medicine professionals realize that all individuals have unique metabolic patterns that affect their health needs and thus, the concept of individuality is central to every aspect of functional medicine, from clinical assessment and diagnosis to the broad spectrum of treatment modalities.

    Patient-centered approach: Functional medicine practitioners use a patient-centered approach to support wellness. This means that in addition to considering the overall health of the patient, functional medicine practitioners consider the beliefs, attitudes, and motivations, as well as the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the patient.


    Preventive care: Optimal health is not just the absence of disease. Even the most minor symptoms can foreshadow more serious conditions later in life. This often happens via the "snowball effect," in which a "minor" imbalance within the body produces a cascade of biological triggers that can eventually lead to poor health and chronic illness. For this reason, functional medicine focuses on the prevention, instead of just the treatment of, even the most minor imbalances.


    Through changes in lifestyle, environment, and nutrition, functional medicine professionals rely on their knowledge of key physiological, genetic, and biochemical processes for establishing an innovative form of total patient wellness amidst the diversity of interests in health care today.


    Choosing your healthcare provider(s) is very important if your aim is to stay young, healthy, and live longer with vitality and have the best resources at hand 24/7. Your choice of healthcare practitioner is very important, and now with the incorporation of functional and integrative medicine, you will want to choose someone who is board certified in functional and anti-aging medicine, and qualified to order the best tests and interpret the latest technologies.


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Published On: November 04, 2010