Natural Medicine Institute
What is ‘Functional Medicine’?
Most people are hearing about the term Functional Medicine and wonder what exactly it is and how it is different from traditional medicine or even alternative medicine. Functional Medicine practitioners address the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engages both patient and practitioner in a unique therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century and is reflected in the belief that we treat the person that has a health condition and not the condition that has the person. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Natural Medicine Institute doctors such as Dr. Podlaski spend time with their patients, listening to their histories, looking at and for interactions among genetic, environmental, cellular, nutritional and lifestyle factors. These can all influence long-term health and contribute to complex, chronic disease. Functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
How is Functional Medicine Different?
Patient Centered Care-understands the link between patient, genetics, environment and that the disease process is multi-faceted. Functional medicine doctors, by listening to the patient, can learn the entire story and assemble the puzzle pieces to help them obtain optimal wellness, naturally!
It is a science based approach that by staying current with research plays an integral part of this type of practice. An in-depth analysis of your nutritional, structural and psychosocial systems, along with the latest laboratory testing allows the Doctor to help you achieve your health goals.
Why might YOU need Functional Medicine?
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders, etc. Contrary to the advances in western medicine- diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune conditions and cancer are on the rise. Our society is suffering an epidemic of chronic illness. Current research highlights the pitfalls in the way conventional doctors practice. With the use of pharmaceuticals treating symptoms rather than the patient, we are seeing an overwhelming increase in adverse side effects. This has led to the prescription cascade where drugs are now prescribed to treat symptoms of other drugs rather than the patient’s underlying cause. It is unfortunately all too common now where patients are prescribed 4 or more medications as part of their routine medical care. Please call our Natural Medicine Institute office in The Villages, FL @ (352) 801-0021 to schedule a free consultation as the first step toward a more holistic medication free life.
WE TREAT A VARIETY OF CONDITIONS, INCLUDING:
- Acid Reflux
- Gas, Bloating, IBS
- Chronic Fatigue
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Headaches & Migraines
- Hormone Imbalances
- Weight Issues
- Chemical Sensitivity
- Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes
Reverse the ill effects of the modern diet and reclaim you health with nutritional therapy