Functional Medicine is the science and art of creating individualized protocols to ensure that the physiological functions are operating at an optimal level, rather than a passable level. This approach ensures the physicians can have a more well-rounded picture of the individual patient as well as being able to incorporate a pathogenic approach when necessary. Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a science and body systems-oriented approach and involving both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. The Florida Center for Functional Medicine teaches patients how to uncover the underlying causes of your health problems through careful history taking, physical examination, and laboratory testing.
Biochemical individuality based on genetic and environmental uniqueness
Patient-centered vs. disease-centered care
Dynamic balance of internal and external factors in a patient’s body, mind and spirit
Web-like interconnections of physiological factors
Health as positive vitality not just the absence of disease
Promotion of organ reserve to enhance “health” span not just the life-span of a patient
Emphasis in the practice of Functional Medicine is placed on understanding and improving the functional core of a patient and working to restore balance to a dysfunctional system by strengthening the underlying physiological processes.