Have you noticed in the past few years that more medical journals, articles, and resources are pointing to lifestyle as a key factor in many diseases and ailments? We’ve heard many times lately, for example, that stress can be harmful to our health, and striking a healthy work-life balance is key to long-term physical and emotional health.
Functional medicine centers on the belief that medicine should treat the whole person, and not just their isolated symptoms. It is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. Taking a personalized and holistic approach to medicine is going to be a leader in the 21st century of modern healthcare. More and more, patients have been advocating for their overall wellbeing and doctors have increasingly noticed that aiding in other portions of a patient’s overall health can lead to desired outcomes with the symptomatic areas they were experiencing at the outset.
While conventional medicine seeks to recognize the disease and treat it with drug-based therapies and surgeries, functional medicine seeks to use a systems-oriented approach and discover the underlying causes of ailments by conversing with patients and discovering more about genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health.
Nutrition is a cornerstone of functional medicine and diet is explored and taken into deep consideration when getting to know new patients and why they may be suffering from certain ailments. For example, did you know that foods that contain a lot of sodium, or foods with additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) or artificial sweeteners can cause or exacerbate migraines?
Functional medicine strives to create a collaborative relationship between a doctor and a patient. At the first appointment, for example, patients should be prepared for a long conversation to help reveal any genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that may be contributing to the patient’s ailments. By creating this relationship, the patient becomes part of their individual treatment plan, and more invested in the solutions and treatments decided on.
Functional Medicine Therapies
Functional medicine seeks to use therapies instead of surgery to aid in all sorts of disorders. Ozone therapy, for example, is a more natural approach to treating chronic illnesses and diseases such as autoimmune diseases, viral infections, cardiovascular diseases, eye diseases, and even heavy metal poisoning. As a non-invasive treatment option, ozone therapy has been known to relieve patients of pain associated with many of the disorders it treats.
High Dose Ozone, which in Michigan is provided exclusively at the American Regenerative Clinic, supplies nearly 50 times the amount of ozone of regular intravenous ozone therapy. High Dose Ozone can have positive effects on circulation and immunity, and it also stimulates the production of new stem cells, activates existing ones, and kills bacteria and viruses. It can also selectively kill cancer cells while strengthening and rejuvenating normal cells!
EBOO (Extracorporeal Blood Oxygenation and Ozonation) is the most advanced ozone therapy and is fairly new to the American Regenerative Clinic. It uses a dialysis filter to clean and ozonate the blood.
Are you ready to join the functional medicine revolution? Call us to book a consultation with Dr. Andrey Lutskovsky to learn more.