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Functional Medicine

Bio-identical hormone replacement

Hormonal imbalances can affect men as well as women. More recent therapies offer ways to decrease the effects of aging and slow the disease processes associated with aging. More energy, better quality sleep and overall feeling of wellness can be achieved by addressing the issues of hormone imbalances.

Hormone production and nutritional needs in individuals can change at any age. Stressors in life can impact our physical, mental, and emotional states. These same stressors can also wear on our environmental health and make demands on our hormonal system.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a broad category of medicine that engages both the patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership that seeks to determine and address underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach. Through this partnership and patient-centered care, the patient is empowered to take ownership for their own healing.

Core Principles of Functional Medicine

(From the Institute for Functional Medicine)

  • Understand the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness.

  • Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than disease-centered approach for treatment.

  • Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external factors in a patient’s mind, body, and spirit

  • Familiarity with the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors

  • Identification of health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease, emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology.

  • Promotion of an “organ reserve” as the means to enhance health span, not just the life span, of each patient.

Functional Medicine is a progressive approach to the practice of medicine that aims to deliver true health care, rather than masking symptoms and creating “artificial health” with a disease-centered focus of practice reliant upon “a pill for every ill”.

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