It is often said you don’t have anything without your health. However, most of us take our health for granted every day. Often, it is not until we feel ill or suffer from a chronic medical condition that we realize just how important good health and adequate healthcare are. At Cady Wellness Institute in Newburgh, IN, we believe in functional medicine because we understand that each client is unique.
While traditional medicine has improved significantly over the past 100 years, treatment is generalized and does more for improving the symptoms than treating the underlying cause of the condition. This often leads to inadequate care. To create our treatment plans, we take into account lifestyle, hereditary factors, and medical history. With this information, we can accurately diagnose the root cause of medical conditions and resolve them rather than masking symptoms.
What Does a Functional Medicine Doctor Do?
A functional medicine doctor gets to know you so he can identify the root cause of your problems. From there, he will develop an effective tailored treatment plan that fits into your lifestyle easily. During these first appointments, we will take detailed notes on your personal medical history. We will also take note of any medical concerns you are having now and what your health and wellness goals are. We may also request that you receive diagnostic tests.
Among the most common diagnostic tests are micronutrient evaluation, macronutrient evaluation, thyroid testing, genomic expression testing, epigenetic factor evaluation, genetic analysis, diabetes risk evaluation, detailed hormone assessment, and advanced lipid particle testing. The results of these tests will reveal precisely where on its health journey your body is. The results of these tests may also indicate there are issues that need to be addressed.
What Is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is an approach to healthcare otherwise known as an alternative medical approach. It takes advantage of all of the advancements in medical knowledge and technology as traditional medicine. The difference is the application of the resources at its disposal. Rather than taking a generalized approach to medicine, the time budgeted for appointments is used to understand each client on a deeper level than traditional medicine goes.
Familiarity is the fundamental precept of this type of medical approach. We take the time to get to know who you are as a patient and person. This critical step is what makes us so successful. Without knowing your family medical history, your personal medical history, your body, and you, it is incredibly difficult to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. This results in the individual being treated instead of the disease.
Empowering Your Body
When provided with time, resources, and a little help, our bodies are very good at healing themselves. We unlock the potential your body has to heal itself on a long-term basis. This decreases the supplementary treatments and drugs you need to feel, and be, better. We use an approach that is inherently based on science.
The goal of this approach is to help your body heal itself by balancing the numerous complicated systems. We believe this approach is more effective than spending months going through treatments that may not have been completely necessary. This medicinal approach, when correctly applied, empowers your body to heal itself, remain healthy and fight the degenerative effects of daily life, like the visible signs of aging.
An Approach for Each Client
It is a safe bet that you have some medical conditions you would like to improve if you are seeing a doctor. Perhaps you have tried everything traditional medicine has to offer but can’t treat the chronic disease you live with every day. Perhaps you would like your entire family to be cared for with an approach to health and wellness that is more personalized.
Perhaps traditional medicine can’t adequately address symptoms you began to experience recently. Perhaps new information about your medical history has come to light and you want to receive counsel from someone qualified to help you understand your underlying propensity to developing certain medical conditions in the future. Regardless of why you are seeking functional medicine, it can help you address each of your concerns.
This approach to medicine is designed to be personalized. Thus, the process can look very different from client to client. Once we have gotten to know your medical history and the treatments you have received in the past, we will tailor a plan to address your unique needs. This may involve safely changing the types of treatment you are receiving.
The nature of this approach means you will be involved in the whole process heavily. We are open to all questions and welcome all concerns you may have before or during your treatment process. We can suggest alternative treatments over time that correct your concerns better.
Example Treatment: Thyroid Issues
We will run labs to identify how your thyroid issue presents itself in your body. After the results of the labs have been assessed, we will make recommendations. In some cases, thyroid issues are caused by a reaction to an external factor, like gluten.
Rather than putting you on marginally effective drugs with lots of side effects, we may recommend that you change your diet. Switching whole-grain pasta and multi-grain bread with gluten-free alternatives may be enough to treat any thyroid-related issues you are having. After a period of changing your diet, the results of your treatment will be assessed. If your issues are not resolved in full, we will recommend complementary therapies.
Example Treatment: Sleep Issues
If you come in because you can’t get adequate sleep at night, we will assess the function of your adrenal system. By simply taking a natural sedative, such as melatonin, your body may be encouraged into peaceful, regenerative sleep at night.
You may also find that other medical issues you were having disappeared. At the end of the day, your issue will be resolved by adequate restorative sleep rather than a drug. When given the time and energy, your body does an excellent job healing itself.
Example Treatment: Exercise and Exhaustion
It is common knowledge that we need regular exercise to keep us healthy. However, significant issues arise when we feel too worn down physically to even think about adding to our busy lives an exercise routine. If we can’t diagnose what is causing your chronic exhaustion by learning about your lifestyle, we will run diagnostic labs. We may find that your thyroid is not functioning as it should and your diet needs to be adjusted.
We may find that your mitochondrial energy pathways are in disrepair. By treating the root cause of your exhaustion, you will feel more energized without the need for stimulants to mask the symptoms. You will have the energy to get enough exercise to improve your health and keep you healthy. We begin chain reactions that help you improve the way you feel rapidly.
Adjusting to an Alternate Healthcare Approach
It will take you some time to adjust to an alternate healthcare approach. However, if you are committed to investing the dedication, engagement, and time necessary to embrace functional medicine, the results of the process will be long-lasting. We may recommend making a number of small changes to your daily routine to address the root cause of your conditions.
Understand, this approach is not for people who want immediate results. Therefore, it is beyond the scope of this healthcare approach to treat acute or emergency medical conditions. Once you have embraced this type of approach to healthcare, how it interacts with you physically and how it helps your body heal itself, you will be driven to dedicate the time and effort it takes to see true results.
Does This Approach to Medicine Really Work?
Perhaps functional medicine sounds like the approach to healthcare you’re looking for but you’re a little wary of something so different from traditional medicine. After all, what’s so bad about modern medicine? There is nothing inherently wrong with modern medicine. In fact, modern medicine has its place. The problem arises when this approach to medicine becomes the go-to fix for symptoms without regarding the root cause.
For example, dozens of medical conditions can cause a headache but we all reach for a bottle of ibuprofen when one arises. Medicine masks the symptoms you’re experiencing but it doesn’t heal your body. A functional approach to medicine diagnoses the cause of your headache and treats it so your body becomes well and you no longer need to take drugs to mask symptoms.
The Bottom Line
Functional medicine may be the key to understanding your personal health as you have never understood it before. This approach to medical care identifies health risks based on your medical history, lifestyle, and genetics. This helps us provide personalized care to you and your family because the treatments are based on each individual’s unique case and predispositions to certain diseases.
Additionally, this approach to medicine will transform your quality of life fundamentally by altering the way you consider your health. If you are ready to improve your current health and future wellness, contact us now at Cady Wellness Institute in Newburgh, IN to book an appointment. We are grateful for the opportunity to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.