If you had a wilting, withering plant left alone, inside, with dim light, re-circulated air, and depleted soil- how would you bring it back to life?
Most likely, you would know exactly what to do.
You would give it plenty of attention, fresh air, clean water, direct sunlight, nutrient-rich soil, and maybe even some love!
Instinctively, you would recognize that the plant’s bleak environment was anything but healthy, let alone life-giving. In medicine, we call this concept an “evolutionary mismatch.” This mismatch caused the plant to inevitably compromise, lose its luster, and enter into a state of survival. Predictable right?
Now, when it comes to our own bodies, we often feel helpless, confused, and disempowered like it’s up to chance, a genetic roulette. And because of this, we often feel like health is just a distant dream.
We wish we could look and feel vibrant, sleep better, and have more energy- but we just don’t know how to make this happen. As a culture, we have lost ourselves in a sea of opinions, mixed messages, and dogma. And in doing so, we have lost track of our own internal guidance system that can lead us back to health.
We have bought into the allure of pharmaceutical culture, enormous pressure, toxins in our food, life lived indoors, and excessive sugar and caffeine to carry us through the day. And this simply does not work as evidenced by the skyrocketing rates of autism, depression, cancer, and other chronic, debilitating diseases.
Here, we find ourselves in our very own “evolutionary mismatch.”
We look for a quick fix, and we paint the plant green, rather than putting in the work to change the landscape. We look to suppress symptoms and to just get by, rather than get to the root and thrive. However, there is another, very promising option.
Cue functional medicine.
“Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease.” -The Institute For Functional Medicine
In functional medicine, we address the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. We spend time with our patients, hear their stories, and get to the root of various issues by looking at the interaction between the patient, their genes, and the environment in which they live. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of vibrant health for each individual as it looks beyond the absence of disease and into health creation.
In functional medicine, we use the best of modern and ancient practices, to recommend supplements, sophisticated devices, mindset techniques, diet, and lifestyle changes. These recommendations can have a big impact as they work to balance the systems, bridge gaps, drive function and assist the body in healing itself.
Functional Medicine is:
- Holistic: We address all aspects of the person, including his or her body, mind and life as a whole. In this way, we are able to see passed the divisions and into the intricate connections that make up the whole person.
- Personalized: Every treatment is unique and different because every person is unique and different.
- Patient Centered—Your desires, your vision, and objectives matter, and they are the centerpieces of our work together.
- Participatory: Together, as practitioner and patient, we enter into a partnership, where patients are empowered and encouraged to take an active role in the healing process.
- Root-Seeking: We seek to get to the heart of the problem, extract the essence, and remove the root through a variety of simple and sophisticated means, ranging from simple questionnaires to lab work.
- Evidence Based: Uncorrupted by corporate and political interest, our work, as practitioners, is based on the latest research.
- Restorative: Treatments are designed to build you up, balance the systems, restore optimal function, prevent and reverse disease, and improve your overall quality of life.
- Safe: Treatments have mild to no side effects, and other unrelated complaints often improve spontaneously.
- Proactive: Treatment is more than just preventative.
Finally, it is important to note that the body is always trying to help us sustain life and create health, but it needs you to be on its team. It needs you to choose an empowered path and provide it with the right tools to set it free.
In my practice, I use functional medicine to support both your vibrant health and unique transformation as you learn how to let go and grow and move forward powerfully to create the life of your dreams!