Find & Address the Cause of Your Health Problems with a Simple Process
Disease, according to Functional Medicine, is the result of an interaction of our cells and organs with environmental factors, rather than the result of genetics or old age. There is a common misconception about our health that, as we age or due to our genes, we lose healthy function, get sick, and have symptoms. While studies do show that genes do play a role in the development of disease, we now know that those genes are “triggered” by external factors, hormonal changes, our lifestyle, diet, physical or emotional trauma, or exposure to chemicals in our environment.
As a biologist and biochemist, Dr. Bland understood that to treat chronic diseases, we must find the “triggers” of the the disease, instead of trying to manage the symptoms with drugs or surgery. After years of extensive research reviews, he founded the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991 together with his wife, Susan.
Functional Medicine focuses on the latest medical research, comprehensive examinations, testing of systems in your body (e.g., hormonal, digestion and absorption, detoxification, and brain function), and individualized treatment plans. In comparison to mainstream medicine (which is derived from emergency medicine), the Functional Medicine doctor focuses on finding and addressing the “triggers” of disease, as well as improving healthy function, instead of focusing on the symptoms.
HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?
Fill out our Functional Surveys
Our surveys cover symptoms of organ and system function, e.g. adrenal, liver, etc. as well as exposure to environmental factors, your diet and lifestyle, your goals, and potential obstacles.
Build a Treatment Plan
A report-of-findings session is followed by review of labs. For example, digestion or adrenal function, and a team of providers build a personal protocol.
Find the Triggers of Dysfunction
The evaluation process starts with a review of your body's function, using surveys and advanced lab testing to identify dysfunction. Testing might include exposure to environmental factors, reaction to food, digestion and absorption of vital nutrients, pathogens (bacteria, fungi, etc.), cellular function, and comprehensive review of your hormonal system.
Our programs include clinically proven protocols from Functional Medicine, professional grade supplements, Chinese medicien, personal coaching, and access to our online membership site with videos and books.
"We found out exactly what was not working. Due to the treatments, my health problems are gone". - Susan