Functional Medicine is a “patient centered” practice tailored to the individual that deals with primary prevention and underlying health issues, rather than symptoms associated with serious chronic disease. “Functional Medicine is a science-based field of health care grounded in the following principles:
Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals.
Patient-centered medicine emphasizes "patient care" rather than "disease care," following Sir William Osler’s admonition that "It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has."
Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.
Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – an abundance of research now supports the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other.
Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.
Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance health span. ”
Alex Aponte, MD, Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Academy of
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