The past fifty years of health care in this country have been dedicated to a pharmaceutical approach. This has had some advantages. Massive doses of antibiotics have cured massive infections in patients that most certainly would have been fatal. Massive doses of chemotherapeutic agents have been used with some success in some cancers, like leukemia.There have also been many disadvantages to this approach. One major disadvantage are the side effects of these agents themselves. Hundreds of thousands of deaths in the US and as many serious cases of damage are caused by drugs each year. The other major problem is that our reliance on this single approach leaves a large and dangerous chasm into which many cases of illness fall.Because pharmacy is used for conditions based on a diagnosis, we end up looking for a diagnosis as a solution to our problems. Most of what goes wrong with our bodies is not a pathology such as a tumor. Most of what goes wrong with us is functional. Functional in this sense means how the body is working between it's various systems, like the intestines and the kidneys.Functional problems often evade a diagnosis and therefore they evade treatment. If we need a diagnosis to prescribe a pharmaceutical agent then we will never get an adequate treatment if we can't get a diagnosis for our functional problem.There is an alternative for functional problems. In this case the answer is micro-pharmacy. Micro-pharmacy is the use of extremely dilute substances used as medicines for functional problems.