Functional medicine is individualized medicine that determines how illness occurs (root cause) and restores the balance to the body’s systems by addressing these root causes of illness. We apply a 3-body systems approach to functional medicine – applying energy management, digestive system and detoxification system.
Every client receives an individualized program designed around their history, symptoms and lab results. Functional medicine is a science based approach that empowers the client to learn how to take care of their own health. One condition can have many causes and this is the basis of functional medicine. E.G. thyroid health is connected to gut health which may be connected to SIBO or other gut related infections. We determine which body systems are connected. We then put together a plan that addresses these issues in the prescribed order that the body can correct itself.
Clients first, identifying and treating the root cause, the process of a doctor as teacher, listening to the client, talking them through how they got to where they are (their timeline) and how we’re going to walk with them out of it. We are rooted in the whole-being, whole-system approach.
We spend an hour with our client in the first consultation and then once we get back the tests, we will spend another hour with our client. This gives us an excellent opportunity to really get to know our clients at a deeper level than a traditional medical clinic. It is only in listening to our clients that we are able to ask deeper questions that allow us to unearth the health of our clients so we can put together effective health plans.
In the USA today, 50% of adults have at least one chronic condition. 25% of adults have 2 or more chronic health conditions and chronic diseases account for 86% of all healthcare costs.
– data from NHE Fact Sheet – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. The need for functional medicine has never been greater.
Functional medicine focuses on the person, not the condition and is all about the interconnectedness of each part of the body.
A functional medicine program can vary in length from 3 months to 2 years depending on the severity of the patient’s health at the time.
Clare Kelway is a certified functional medicine practitioner and has been in holistic health practice for 20 years.