Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.
It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare 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.
If you are suffering from a chronic medical condition, and wishes to find out WHY this is happening to YOU, and HOW we can ADDRESS the underlying issues in your unique physiology, and biochemistry, while taking into consideration your genetic profile and interactions with your environment (diet, allergies, pollution, toxins etc.), then functional medicine in my opinion is the path that may provide you with most answers. Often enough, Dr. Levy implements an integrative functional lab profile, in order to obtain further insight into the underlying cause(s)
Integrative Medicine, in a nut shell, as the name implies is the intelligent integration of conventional western medicine with evidence based alternatives. As we already know, in the world of “Alternative Medicine” there are many dogmas and unproven remedies that in some cases might actually be harmful to the patient, harmful in cases when and where the patient choose to utilize unproven remedies instead of rational conventional approach. For example, a patient might have an abdominal pain, without proper medical diagnosis, this abdominal pain, might be an ulcer, appendicitis, even cancer, but seeking and implementing unproven remedies from non regulated professional might put the patient at risk.
With Integrative Medicine, we use conventional approach both in diagnosis and in treatment, when indicated to do so, however, with certain chronic conditions, modern medicine has limitations, and various forms of evidence based alternatives were proven to be safe and effective.