Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine and The New Hope Center? 

Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that we see addressing  the healthcare needs of our patients more comprehensively. The healthcare profession is beginning to experience an exciting shift from traditional disease-centered medicine to a more patient-centered approach that looks at the whole person, not just an isolated constellation of symptoms.  Functional medicine doctors spend time with their patients, listening to their stories and looking at the interactions between genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health. Practitioners of this type of medicine believe that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a lengthy period of declining health in one or more of the organ systems of the body.   

Functional Medicine is grounded in the following principles: 
     * Biochemical individuality based on genetic and environmental uniqueness 
 * Patient-centered  vs. disease/symptom-centered care
 * Dynamic balance of internal and external factors in a patient.
 * Web-like interconnections of physiological factors 
 * Health as positive vitality not just the absence of disease 
 . Promotion of organ reserve to enhance "health" span not just the life-span of a patient 
Emphasis in the practice of Functional Medicine is placed on understanding and improving the functional core of a patient and working to restore balance to a dysfunctional system by strengthening the underlying physiological processes. 

Why Do We Need Functional Medicine? 
    *  There is a sharp increase in people suffering from complex, chronic diseases: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, mental illness, auto-immune disorders like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, MS, Rheumatoid arthritis, gastro-intestinal problems, etc.
 *  Most physicians practice acute-care medicine: colds, flu, broken limbs. Drugs and surgery are typically used to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
 *  The acute-care approach does not address the complex, chronic patient or help with preventative care. Acute-care does not take into account the biochemical individuality or the genetic makeup of a patient.
 *  Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying cause of complex, chronic diseases or to use powerful tools like nutrition, diet, targeted nutrients and exercise to both treat and prevent chronic illness. 
How is Functional Medicine Different? 
Functional Medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of disease. Here, we are passionate about patient-centered care—working closely with each patient to develop a specific treatment plan that best addresses their individual needs. We are always looking to incorporate the best medical practices by blending traditional Western medicine with integrative medicine: using the latest lab testing and other diagnostic techniques, supplements, herbs, detoxification programs and in specific cases drug therapy. Functional medicine emphasizes interventions that "do the least harm" and help enhance the body's natural healing processes. 

Functional Medicine doctors look to uncover the precursors to the signs and symptoms that will eventually manifest themselves in a disease state. In an effort to reverse or stop a disease process, the following elements must be taken into account to restore health: 

  *  Diet: type and quantity of food, its preparation, micronutrient make-up
 *  Macronutrient intake: vitamins and minerals
 *  Air and water quality
 *  Proper sleep hygiene
 *  Physical exercise
 *  Toxin status
 *  Psycho-social factors: family, work, stress
Functional Medicine modalities offered at The New Hope Center  include:

·         Functional Nutrition 
·         Functional Lab Testing 
·         Dietary Supplements 
·         Detoxification Cleanse 
·         Allergy Treatment