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What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a Wellness-Based Approach. 

It is the Future of healthcare.

What is a Functional Medicine Health Coach?

How can a Functional Medicine Health Coach help you?

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.

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.

Science-based

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

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.

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.

”Health coaches teach people how to change their diet and live better, more fulfilling lives. They do not act as experts, but educated in Functional Medicine principles and nutrition, they have enough information to guide clients to make better choices and change habits. Coaches provide the key ingredient: social support. The coach, rather than acting as the expert, empowers the client to take charge of his/her health and the two work as a team. Essentially, individuals engage with coaches to support them, either individually, or in groups. With this type of teamwork, individuals can transform their behavior. They can receive feedback and be held accountable. Health coaches have to be integrated into every facet of the health care system, beginning in the community. The Functional Medicine movement cannot succeed without Functional Medicine health coaches, as inspiring behavior change is necessary if people are to actually get better. I can tell my patients what to do, but if they don’t do it, it doesn’t matter."

 

Dr. Mark Hyman, a practicing family physician, a ten-time #1 New York Times bestselling author. He is the Director the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine as well as the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and medical editor of The Huffington Post.

The coach is YOUR partner supporting, educating and guiding you to achieve your best WELLness by learning, implementing and maintaining new lifestyle habits one small step at a time.

YOU take an active role in co-creating your WELLness by choosing and implementing lifestyle choices that resonate with you.

YOU will learn how to not only create your WELLness but also how to support it on an on-going basis.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for information only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Always seek the advice of your physician or other licensed healthcare professional with any questions about your medical condition or before adopting any diet or lifestyle changes. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of information on this site.

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