What is Functional Medicine?

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE seeks to identify and address the underlying causes of disease, rather than just treating symptoms.  More research is showing just how connected the body is,  and Functional Medicine aims to look at the body as a whole system. It 

Chronic disease is ruining the quality of life of so many people,  as well as threatening to bankrupt governments due to the enormous cost.  Things have progressed to the stage that, the western world.

  • Chronic disease affects 1 in 2 humans, and contributes to 7 out of 10 deaths

  • 1 in 45 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder,  rising from 1 in 500 in 1999

  • 1 in 6 humans have an autoimmune disease (more than cancer and heart disease combined)

  • 1 in 5 New Zealanders are at risk for diabetes or pre-diabetes

  • The rate of diabetes in children and teenagers is rising 5% every year

  • Alzheimers is the 6th largest cause of death,  rising 89% since the year 2000

  • Chronic disease will generate 47 trillion dollars in healthcare costs globally by 2030 if things continue as they are

Conventional Medicine, with all it's amazing life-saving technology and advancements, is failing to address this big chronic health problem.  Our current model is wonderful for acute health and emergency problems,  but just doesn't work well for chronic health.  A new model is needed, and Functional Medicine is this model.

What does Functional Medicine involve?

Functional Medicine involves 

1.  An initial comprehensive health questionnaire which will go over the patients symptoms,  health history,  nutrition and lifestyle habits and goals.

2. An initial consult which will delve further into the patients health issues.  Ample time is allowed to develop a clinician- patient relationship which is important for the Functional Medicine process

3. Foundational health factors are covered.  We use the Build your DREAM Health program which you can read more about here.

  • Testing may be suggested, which will help identify underlying contributors to their health issue.  This may look at things like nutrient deficiencies,  blood sugar regulation, gut health and heavy metals.  For more on tests available, click here

4. An initial plan is developed and discussed with the patient.    

5. A follow up consult is booked for around a month later.  This will give the patient a chance to implement any recommendations, and get any necessary testing done. 

How long will the entire process take?

This can depend on how complex the health issues are.  A fairly simple health issue may take around 3 months,  whereas a more complex condition may need ongoing support for 1 year or more.   This timeframe can be discussed on your initial appointment.