Roy Hall, MD has been practicing the principles of functional medicine for several years and continues to stay up to date in his functional medicine training.
Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice addresses the key issues healthcare needs to address today – improving management of complex, chronic disease. IFM programs utilize the emerging research base to identify effective interventions and to train physicians and other providers to integrat those approaches for the benefit of their patients.
Applying the fundamentals of functional medicine includes the understanding the etiology, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. It is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing assessment on the bioachemically unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore physiological, psychological and structural balance.
Lifestyle is a very big factor, research estimates that 70-90% of the risk of chronic illness is attributable to lifestyle. That means what you eat, how you exercise, what your spiritual practices are, how much stress you live with (and how you handle it) are all elements that must be addressed in a comprehensive approach.
“…we have been able to identif modifiable behavioral factors, including specific aspects of diet, overweight, inactivtiy, and smoking that account for over 70% of stroke and colon cancer, over 80% of coronary heart disease, and over 90% of adult-onset dieabtes.” (Willett, WC. Science, 2002:296, 695-697)
Working in partnership with a trained functional medicine provider, patients make dietary and activity changes that, when combined with nutrients targeted to specific functional needs, allow them to really be in charge of improving their own health and changing the outcome of disease.
Within the scope of practice of their own particular disciplines, functional medicine practitioners may also prescribe drugs or botanical medicine or other nutraceuticals; they may suggest a detoxificationn protocol, a physical medicine intervention, or a stress-management procedure. The good news is: when you look at functionality, you uncover many different ways of attacking problems — you are not limited to the “drug of choice for condition X.”