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Level Up Your Body With Functional Medicine

Remember that good health is a choice. You can only make this choice when you have accurate information about your alternatives. One of our principle aims is to provide you with as much information about you condition and about our recommendations is as necessary for you to proceed with confidence in a Functional Medicine program. Columbus Functional Medicine helps patients make the choices they need to make to become healthy. As pain and fatigue improve, people start to become interested in looking good also. Health is the first cornerstone to beauty and we can help with the entire process. At Columbus Functional Medicine we help people to feel and look their best.

Functional Medicine

In Functional Medicine the goal is to treat the person as a whole through a “system” approach to understanding health and disease. Functional Medicine strives to utilize the latest in medical research to understand how, for instance, the GI system might influence the Endocrine system which may then impact Neurotransmitter balance in order to better treat complex and chronic disease. Functional medicine is not a new form of medicine but is a fresh and new way of looking at complex and chronic diseases. Medicine today is often very compartmentalized, you see a GI doctor for your IBS, a neurologist for your headache and an EENT doctor for your chronic sinus issues. However, more and more we are learning how these different systems of body can interact, impact and talk to one another.

This is what is meant by a “systems” approach. Instead of a jumble of different systems the body is viewed as a complete system with various interlocking parts. This takes medicine from a disease centered, suppressive approach to patient-centered approach where the interactions between genetic, environmental, lifestyle and dietary influences are meshed with current and past symptoms to achieve the most complete understanding possible of the disease process and the causes behind it. This way treatment can be focused on addressing the underlying causes in addition to symptom management rather than simply suppressing symptoms without attempting to address causative factors.

Nutritional Medicine

The idea of food as medicine is central to Naturopathic medicine. Food can play many roles in the cause and treatment of disease. Food intolerance/allergy can be causative in chronic conditions diets can either be pro or anti-inflammatory and food can be used as a therapeutic agent. Understanding how foods affect any condition can be central to being able to heal and move forward. Every day I have patients tell me that their doctor told them it doesn’t matter what they eat – that it won’t affect their illness. Of course nothing can be further from the truth. There are many aspects to using food as medicine and Functional Medicine focuses on all of them.

Eating the right food for particular diseases, avoiding the right foods for particular disease, avoiding food intolerances, eating the right things at right time and eating the right mix of different foods are all topics that Functional Medicine strives to optimize in order to give you, the patient, the greatest possible degree of control in managing your individual challenges.

Optimizing Hormone Balance

Our Endocrine system is a complex of web of interactions. Understanding the balance between adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones can often be critical to understanding the condition being investigated. Often conditions related to thyroid /testicular function are treated as if they are in sealed containers – as if they are not part of a larger web of hormonal interactions. Chronic stress states (Adrenal ‘overdrive’) can dramatically alter thyroid function. Thyroid dysfunction can change the way estrogen is metabolized.

Estrogen dominance can have a profound impact on thyroid metabolism. To only look at thyroid levels when trying to understand fatigue is like trying to understand why an engine isn’t working by only looking at the exhaust system. In order to understand hormonal dysfunction, fatigue, metabolic issues, insomnia, menstrual disorders and many other conditions we must look at the whole picture by fully assessing thyroid, adrenal and sex hormone function and levels.

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