An Alternative Approach

Functional Medicine was named for its common-sense approach. We are not all the same, and our treatment must be as unique as our individual physiology.

The difference in approaches is very apparent.

Functional Medicine

Traditional
Western Medicine

Focus

prevention

X

early detection of disease

X

unmanaged chronic conditions

X

disease intervention

X

X

acute problems

X

malignancies

X

emergencies, trauma

X

Examination and Treatment Approach

underlying causes of disease

X

symptoms of disease

X

Diagnosis

involves a “whole body systems” analysis

X

involves basic exam and minimal blood tests

X

Laboratory Tests

comprehensive diagnostic tests that reveal specific system dysfunction and potential for disease

X

basic lab tests that identify or confirm a disease

X

Treatment Options

pharmaceutical grade-natural products

X

diet and lifestyle changes

X

pharmaceuticals

X

surgery

X

Patient Care

individualized care

X

focus on the patient

X

standardized approaches to care

X

focus on the disease

X

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