A healthy life is not defined as simply an absence of disease, but rather a positive vitality filled with energy, joy, gratitude and balance.
How do you define health for you, on your terms? What does it look like to implement a small healthy habit, rather than try and remove things you do already? A key to the Functional medicine model is creating health. This is counter to the current medical model where the goal is to treat symptoms.
The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that can empower you to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. The whole person is considered: body, mind and spirit. Ultimately, functional medicine supports a uniquely personalized expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Functional medicine helps you attain true primary prevention of disease (before the disease is present) rather than just early detection (the disease process has already started).
According to a study done at the Milken Institute, seven chronic diseases - cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary conditions and mental illness - have a total impact on the economy of $1.3 trillion annually. Of this amount, $1.1 trillion represents the cost of lost productivity. Chronic disease is a crucial driver of health-care costs, and its rates are rising.
Functional Medicine can lower the financial burden of healthcare through primary prevention of disease and by reducing the severity of symptoms that come with chronic illness. In many cases, It can keep symptoms completely at bay.
Moving toward health can begin today by making small, impactful changes to your lifestyle.