Perhaps you have experienced being evaluated by your doctor, only to learn that “everything is normal.” Yet, you both know you are unwell. This experience is all too common for doctors and patients alike! After several years of practicing with only the knowledge I gained through my conventional training, I embarked on the journey to find better solutions. Following in the footsteps of the Cleveland Clinic (world renowned for being a visionary in healthcare!), I chose Functional Medicine as an answer to help people improve troublesome health concerns from a root cause approach.
In FM, we work to treat the system (the whole person), not the symptoms (or the “disease”). FM is not “natural medicine” or even “integrative medicine” – we may use tools from these arenas, but FM is the road map used to navigate a person’s history and understand the root cause(s) disrupting health and balance. Then, we use all tools effective including lifestyle modifications, nutritional therapies, conventional pharmaceuticals, community connection, and more, in concert.
Health concerns that fare better with integration of FM consultation include Acne, Adrenal Disorders, Arthritis, Autoimmune diseases, Cancer risk reduction, Chronic Sinusitis, Detoxification and Healing, Diabetes, Digestive disorders (IBD, IBS, GERD/Reflux), Eczema, Environmental and Food Allergies, Fatigue syndromes, Female Disorders (PMS, Menopause, PCOS), Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Inflammatory disorders, Insomnia, Metabolic Syndrome/Pre-Diabetes/Insulin Resistance, Memory problems, Headaches, Mood and behavior disorders, and Thyroid Disorders.
Why? Although we may “get” pneumonia or a broken arm, we don’t “get” the increasingly common issues above. Instead, they develop over time as an interplay between our genes, environment, and nutritional factors. Centered in the science of epigenetics, we know our exposures are actually more impactful than our hard-wired genes. So, first we ask, what is present in the body that is interfering? This may be toxins, allergens, microbes, poor nutrition, or various stressors. Second, what is missing in the body that is required for normal function? This may be key vitamins/minerals/nutrients, hormones, macronutrients, or social connection.
At Mint Health, we know that above all people accompany each other to health, and we either flourish (or continue to deteriorate) based on our knowledge and social connections. While we still offer conventional Ob/Gyn services (in particular to provide progressive prenatal care and offer moms the chance to start their children on a better life health path from the in utero stage!), our most important and life altering service is our Functional Wellness consultations and programs. Through education, connection, and group driven action plans, we are amazed every day at what people accomplish that they couldn’t before without the tools of Functional Medicine!