Functional and Integrative Medicine
Your body is a complex network of processes. In order to stay healthy, each process must operate at its best—this means balancing your unique genetic, lifestyle and environmental makeup to keep you healthy. When your systems aren’t able to function as intended, disease or illness can develop.
Preventing disease at its source, before it starts
Functional medicine is much like a tree. Think about your symptoms (such as pre-diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure or an increased cancer risk) as the leaves on the tree. Further down the tree, below the trunk, are the roots. The parts that keep the tree alive and healthy. As a patient, this is where Dr. Reed is going to look for the deeper reasons your health could be at risk—all the way down to the genetic and cellular level.
Functional and integrative medicine combines approaches from the Western medicine that you’re familiar with, i.e. “integrative” or “alternative” medical approaches. Each component focuses on preventing disease and includes:
- Nutritional support
- Therapeutic diets
- Natural supplementation
- Body detoxification
- Stress management
- Advanced laboratory testing
- Reversal of cognitive decline
As your functional medicine physician, Dr. Myra will do more than just give you medication. She wants to take time to really hear your concerns, then explore the root cause of your illness through care that’s centered around you. The answers can help identify how your body’s unique makeup could be putting you at risk for long-term or chronic illness.
Some of the most common conditions that can be identified and managed include:
- Heart disease
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, and more
- Rashes and allergies
- Inflammatory bowel
- Additional autoimmune disorders
- Some types of mental illness
In most traditional medical practices, you tell your doctor about your symptoms and he or she prescribes medications to treat those symptoms, but is there more to the message being sent by your body?
If you’re tired of temporary solutions for your health issues, and are ready to finally tackle them at the source, today is the day to get started.
Call us for more information at (850) 249-5000.