Functional Medicine – FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions – Functional Medicine
While there are many aspects of functional medicine, at its core, it is an approach to healing that focuses its attention on the cause of disease, not the symptoms. Careful history, examination and thorough laboratory testing help us uncover dysfunctions in the 5 Key Systems of the body. Functional medicine desires to understand how genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors combine to create the unique manifestations of a patients illness and then treatment programs are created to address each person’s unique bio-chemistry and goals.
One of the hallmarks of functional medicine is it’s emphasis on patient individuality. While two people may have the same symptoms, their underlying causes may be quite different. In addition, other factors in their history may either slow or speed up the healing process. The vast majority of our patients feel improvement within the first month of care but realize that it will often take months for complete resolution of the problem. Our typical programs are a minimum of 8 weeks long.
Occasionally a person will have recently been tested by another practitioner. We may be able to use those test results as a basis for your health restoration program. Most traditional medical tests are not designed to show subtle underlying functional problems. The lab tests that we routinely order are specifically designed to help us tailor a program to your individual needs and eliminate all “guess work” in your case.
Every situation is different. During the initial complimentary consultation, we will obtain the required personal information to determine if you are a good candidate for Functional Medicine. We can then provide you with the exact plan and cost for the treatment.
Our office does not bill insurance companies. We will provide documentation and receipts for you but it is up to you to determine whether consultations, lab tests and supplements are eligible for insurance reimbursement. Additionally, we have financing available to allow you to finance the entire treatment including supplements, if you wish.
All supplements that are recommended for your care are available through our office to pick up within 2-3 days from the time it is ordered.
Unfortunately, not all supplement companies are the same. Quality Issues of ingredients, formulation, and manufacturing process all come together to determine effectiveness and potency. We have thoroughly researched the companies and products to determine the top professional-line companies in the country. If you want to research your own supplements, just know that we will not be able to provide any specific dosing instructions or recommendation.
You should bring all your vitamins and medicines in their original containers if possible. Old medical records are also very helpful. If possible, the records should be sent a week prior to the appointment.
Yes, we treat children from 4 years old and up.
For many of us, the choice has already been made. Functional Medicine offers us the chance to determine our healthcare and treatment methods through ongoing communication with our preferred doctor and without the interference and restrictions of a third party. Functional Medicine has opened up a new and brighter path amidst the frustrations and restraints found under the typical healthcare model. You may have found that your healthcare and treatment options have been limited by insurance policies, handled by faceless officials who haven’t even talked to you. If this bothers you, then Functional Medicine might just be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Within the Functional Medicine model you will find that preventative medicine is embraced. You and your personal physician will work together to develop healthful nutrition plans and exercise programs. You will have unhurried consultations to discuss your health concerns, options, and treatment preferences.