Healthcare is definitely a hot topic right now. There is a lot of emotion behind what the right solutions are and how to implement those solutions. It seems that for many people, instead of sticking with traditional methods of healthcare, people are looking to alternative health methods. As a dietitian, I believe that focusing on disease prevention can have significant benefits to our society. At Super Healthy Kids, we strongly believe that having a diet high in fruits and vegetables has a significant positive impact on your health in many different ways. From having more energy to helping with weight control, the benefits of a diet high in fruits and vegetables can have lifelong positive benefits.
A growing industry of alternative healthcare is Functional Medicine. I have recently been learning about this and it is really interesting. Functional medicine is medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of complex chronic disease. Some doctors who practice functional medicine and have gotten a lot of media attention are, Dr. Oz, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Dean Ornish.
Some key characteristics of Function Medicine include:
Patient-centered care.The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.
An integrative, science-based healthcare approach.Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
Integrating best medical practices.Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
Where do we find these types of doctors in our community? A new company, Revive Primary Care, is a functional medicine doctor referral service. They have vision to develop a new system for effectively dealing with chronic and iatrogenic disease in America that would include the following features:
Trusting, mutually respectful and transparent human interaction between patients, practitioners and health stakeholders
Effective and scalable education on the main modifiable factors driving chronic disease
Greater use of those physicians and health professionals with a history of effectively reversing chronic disease
Synergistic utilization of digital and interpersonal support and education systems proving valuable at improving health outcomes
Revive Primary Care is launching and has over 5,000 functional medicine doctors around the country. When you sign up with revive primary care, they will educate you on the major causes of disease and connect you with one of these doctors in your area. Their company focuses on immunity, stress, toxicity and diet as causes of many chronic disease and will educate you on these topics.
Right now, Revive Primary Care is offering a half off introductory price. When you spend $50 to sign-up, you will receive a $100 product voucher that is honored by your doctor.
To be a part of this exciting movement, click here.