“Functional medicine is a third type of medicine which is neither conventional nor alternative. Functional medicine is poised to revolutionize all medical care because it is based on far more rigorous standards of scientific method. Functional medicine will ultimately be shown to achieve better outcomes than either conventional or alternative medicine, especially for the treatment of chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.” ~Dr. CE Gant, MD, PhD
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is an evolution in health care and is a better way of addressing the health care needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person,not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental,and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
How is the Be Well Approach Different?
The hallmarks of a our Whole Person approach includes:
Patient-centered care. The focus at Be Well is on patient-centered care and promoting health in a positive and vitalistic way. Our doctors hear what you have to say and by learning your story, help to bring you into the discovery process and tailor care to address your unique and individual needs.
An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. As a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine Practitioner, Dr. Wendy looks “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions of your previous, current and family health history, along with your physiology and lifestyle behaviors… all of which can lead to illness. She takes your unique, genetic makeup in consideration, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment). All of these factors affect total body function.
Physiology-Focused Testing. While traditional western medicine focuses on finding the problem once it has already occurred, Functional Medicine looks at how your body is functioning now, on a day-to-day basis. Through advanced laboratory testing, we can discover so much more about how your body is adapting, functioning and how lifestyle stress is affecting your overall health. With this type of testing, we can locate dysfunction long before it shows up on traditional labs. This allows us to focus on cause and effect, rather than simply addressing your symptoms after it’s too late.
At Be Well, we understand that Health is a Whole Body Expression. Chiropractic and Functional Medicine create a truly integrative approach to health care by creating a focus on prevention. We understand there are many important factors that promote prevention and wellness. We refer to ours as the “Four Pillars of Health: