What is Functional Medicine?

Which Would You Prefer...

A sickness-based approach, fighting illness only AFTER you start feeling sick, or a wellness-based approach, seeking health and thriving NOW so you don’t have to get sick later?

Functional Medicine IS That Wellness-Based Approach

The conventional system has grown so dependent on pharma, on prescribing away every symptom, that we have forgotten how to restore health:

by addressing and resolving the cause of illness, not just the symptoms.

This is the future of healthcare. If you're not thinking functionally about wellness, you're missing a huge part of the story.

So…what is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach to healthcare that looks beyond symptom resolution to identify why illness occurs and address those root causes to restore health. While conventional medicine focuses on using medication to reduce symptoms, Functional Medicine empowers patients and practitioners to work together to resolve the complex underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness through diet and lifestyle change.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE IS HOLISTIC

Transforming patient health by understanding and addressing all the things that influence it, including genes, environment, diet, and lifestyle

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE IS INDIVIDUALIZED AND PATIENT-CENTERED

So the patient’s voice is heard at every appointment, and the treatment they receive is tailored to their unique needs

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE IS SCIENCE-BASED

Using the conventional approach to healthcare as a starting point and building onto it with more thorough, integrative health information

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE IS COLLABORATIVE

Empowering patients, practitioners, and health coaches to work together to identify root causes of illness, overcome roadblocks, and make the dietary and lifestyle changes necessary for healing

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE IS EFFICIENT

Because addressing root causes instead of alleviating symptoms, reversing chronic illness, and preventing future illness all mean reduced health costs in the long run

WE NEED FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE NOW—OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM CAN’T GO ON LIKE THIS.

INFOGRAPHIC COURTESY OF HEALTH SCIENCES INSTITUTE

What is Functional Medicine Health Coaching?

Functional Medicine Health Coaches make the difference between inaction and action.

Functional Medicine Health Coaches know there’s more to a healthy lifestyle than fad diets and unsustainable exercise regimens. There’s a gap between what clients know they need to do to be healthy and the intrinsic motivation they need to actually make and sustain those changes. Coaches bridge that gap.

Functional Medicine Health Coaches use Functional Medicine principles & positive psychology coaching techniques to:

  • Educate clients and help them understand their doctor’s plan of care
  • Offer tools and accountability when clients implement new lifestyle changes
  • Motivate clients using positive psychology techniques
  • Guide clients through dietary changes, food plans, and physical activity protocols
  • Lead clients through group coaching sessions on specific topics
  • Work directly with the client’s practitioner when appropriate
  • Celebrate successes and encourage progress

Demand For Health Coaches Is Growing Fast