Functional Medicine is about addressing the causes behind illness. It takes into account that every person's medical history is different and that not every person should be treated the same way for the same symptoms. Dr. Brennan uses various indicated lab tests, personal and family history, and more to create a plan for restoring you to optimal health. He looks at the details of your health profile and you work together with him to overcome obstacles to health and get you into the best lifestyle possible. Functional Medicine is more than seeing a doctor, it is partnering with him for comprehensive, life-long health.
Functional Medicine Addresses These Common Conditions
- Weight gain
- Female hormone problems
- Digestion problems
- Autoimmune disorders
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
-The Institute for Functional Medicine
Because functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease:
- You can expect to provide a thorough health/medical history.
- You can expect your functional medicine provider to prescribe lifestyle changes such as diet, sleep habits, exercise habits and social/emotional habits.
- You can also expect your functional medicine provider to prescribe supplements to address your biochemical weaknesses and to support your organ systems which are your weak link in your pursuit of improved health.
- You can expect to spend more time and effort while following your treatment plan than if you pursued treatment of symptoms only.
- You can expect the need to continue with the prescribed lifestyle changes and you can expect to continue to need foundational supplements and some specific supplements to address the biochemical factors which predispose you to complex or chronic disease.
- You can expect to be an active participant in your short-term and long-term treatment plans.