Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root cause of disease (IFM.org).
Functional medicine is a new way of providing healthcare by getting to the root cause of a disease. People typically come to functional medicine providers after they’ve been told by their doctor that everything is normal.
Functional Medicine is all about finding the cause of the cause. Providers spend time listening to patient’s stories and try to dig deeper into what could be triggering an illness.
One of the hallmark differences is the length of time with your provider is much longer
Appointments range from 60-90 minutes, whereas the typical amount of time spent with your primary care physician is about 17 minutes (2).
More time means more attention spent looking at the WHOLE person, not just individual symptoms.
Questions you may be asked:
HOW IT WORKS:
Typically, patients are given a “lengthy” intake form to fill out before appointments in order for the provider to get a full picture of current and past health. FM providers partner with you to help you achieve optimal wellness. They listen to your story, take note of important events/stressors, and factor in environmental, social and personal habits that may be contributing to your illnesses.
“Test don’t guess”
Patients are treated with dietary and lifestyle modifications first, in addition to supplements and herbals. Then only if necessary, prescription medications can be recommended.
IMPROVEMENTS OFTEN SEEN (3)
Upfront cost may seem high but when compared to conventional medicine, it is much more cost effective. (3)
Medications on a monthly basis add up to a significant amount throughout a person’s lifetime.
Healthcare costs (hospital visits, surgeries, etc.) run into the thousands and still may not get to the root of the problem.
A 2019 study looking at the Cleveland Clinic showed significantly improved health related quality of life with functional medicine compared to traditional family medicine services.(3)
We are experiencing a chronic disease epidemic, where 60% of adults have at least one or more chronic conditions (5)
There is a time and a place for drugs, however….
There is a time and a place for conventional medicine, especially in acute care (hospital) scenarios. Chronic conditions and symptoms are the focus of the PharmToTable Team. We want to help you thrive by getting to the root of your symptoms and helping you take back control of your life. Learn more at our orientation class or schedule an appointment with a PharmToTable provider today.