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Functional Medicine – the hottest thing in Integrative Healthcare

I recently attended the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, a – 3-day event in NYC.  I was impressed to see so many physicians and other healthcare practitioners in all facets of traditional and non-traditional medicine gathered together as a cohesive community. 

Some of the impressive keynote speakers in attendance were:

Rudolph Tanzi, PhD , Harvard Medical School Professor and a co-author of Super Brain & Super Genes with Deepak Chopra.

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, co-founded of the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991 and is known to many as the “father of functional medicine.”

Daniel Kraft, MD,a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator who talked about The Future of Health & Medicine and where that technology might take us. 

 James Maskell, Founder and CEO of Revive Primary Care.

Peter B. Bongiorno ND, LAc , an author of several books including Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Treatments (CCNM Press, 2010), he regularly writes articles for the Dr. Oz and Sharecare websites and is an invited expert blogger at Psychology Today.

I will post blogs about what they presented at the Symposium because they were simply awesome and at the forefront of what’s happening in the Integrative Healthcare world.

The hottest topic that was capturing almost everyone’s attention, especially physicians, was the topic of Functional Medicine.

This was the first time I had ever hear the word....Functional Medicine.  If you know about or have heard of this before now…congratulations, you are ahead of the game and are able to speak physicians’ language.

Functional-medicine pioneer Mark Hyman, MD, a 10 time #1 New York Times bestselling author, family physician and international leader in the field of Functional Medicine was one of the keynote speakers who spoke about this hot topic and how he is doing his best to help patients avoid going to the doctor.

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Of course, there are many who do need professional care, but Dr. Hyman is concerned that too much of the medical treatment patients receive is focused on managing or suppressing symptoms, rather than addressing the root causes of their maladies.  With this in mind, he recently helped spearhead the first-of-its-kind functional-medicine program at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic.
The problem with simply taking the best of alternative and conventional medicine is that the paradigm of conventional medicine…is fundamentally flawed.  So you’re integrating a good system with the broken paradigm of disease-based medicine.
Integrative medicine represents a set of useful tools.  Functional medicine is more like a map. The map is really the key to figuring out what’s wrong with somebody.   From there, you can use whatever tools necessary, whether diet, medication, acupuncture, or whatever is appropriate for a particular condition. Functional medicine leverages the best of biomedical science, alternative medicine, and integrative medicine, but in a whole new systems-based model of healing.

Be sure to keep look out on this hot topic Functional Medicine - a transformational shift in healthcare because if you do, you are ahead of the game!