What is Functional Medicine and Why is it Important?
Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the needs of the 21st century.
Medicine does well with acute injuries, less well with chronic illness. Yet today we are experiencing an epidemic of chronic disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and autoimmune. An initial approach focusing more on diet, nutrition, and lifestyle changes, and less on pharmaceuticals, is indicated.
While genetics matter, they only load the gun, and it is the environment that pulls the trigger. Functional Medicine addresses the environment aiming to ‘turn off’ bad genes, and ‘turn on’ good ones.
Your genetics make up 20% of your health outcomes, but lifestyle equates for 80%!!