func·tion·al med·i·cine - noun
medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine.
"you don't have to have a disease to benefit from functional medicine"
The Functional Medicine Approach
Imagine remaining at your physical and mental prime throughout the span of your life. Imagine a life span that does not include loss of mental, physical and sexual function. Now imagine that lifespan lasting greater than 100 years. Traditional medicine has largely ignored advances being made in the anti-aging field.
At I.M.120, we use our "Intellectual Medicine" approach to extend your youthful lifespan.
Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.
A diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression. - The Institute for Functional Medicine
We take the time to learn your history to offer you better services. We'll always give you ample time to reflect upon the pathway that's best for you. You can use our center as your consultant—guiding you through detox, weight loss treatment, cancer care, and much more.
Why is it that so often, even when patients are diagnosed with hypothyroidism and treated by their doctor, symptoms still persist?
In other cases, there may be symptoms of hypothyroidism such as fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, constipation, thinning hair, fluid retention, cold intolerance, that are dismissed simply because the lab test is "normal."
At Intellectual Medicine, we treat the patient, not the lab results. This is especially relevant to those with a sub optimal functioning thyroid. Conventional doctors are trained to merely test the TSH. If the test is in the broad, "normal" range then no treatment is offered. At Intellectual Medicine we test the full range of thyroid functions including T3 and T4. We then apply a more advanced interpretation of those results, factoring in the patient's symptoms. Frequently, even when the TSH is in the "normal" range, a person can experience symptoms and respond favorably when the thyroid medicine is adjusted to a more optimal level.
Simply replacing thyroid hormone with traditional "Synthroid" or "levothyroxine" is usually not enough to have you feeling your best. Likewise, using purely "natural desiccated thyroid" can leave you with an improper balance of T3 and T4.
By blending thyroid replacement in our unique, advanced protocol, we are able to obtain superior results for our patients.
Managing the thyroid is a complex undertaking. Adjustment in doses sometimes need to be made seasonally as thyroid needs are different in the spring and fall.
Thyroid function is also dependent on healthy vitamins and minerals, properly functioning adrenal glands, and balanced sex hormones. At Intellectual Medicine we apply our nutritional, intravenous supplement, and hormonal expertise to address the full range of symptoms.
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Functional Medicine Approach
Other conditions functional medicine may be good for consists of:
Cardiometabolic conditions - high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease
Digestive Disorders - leaky gut, irritable bowl, chron’s disease, chronic pancreatitis, ulcers, acid reflux, diverticulitis
Autoimmune Diseases - celiac, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus
Neurologic Disorders - migraine, attention deficit disorders, depression
Hormonal Issues - chronic fatigue, menopause, thyroid disorders
Skin Disorders - acne, eczema, psoriasis