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Functional Diagnostic Medicine

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What is Functional Diagnostic Medicine?

Functional diagnostic medicine has been defined as "the field of health care which employs assessment and early intervention into the improvement of physiological, cognitive/emotional, and physical functioning*.”

Through functional diagnostic medicine, physicians are able to help their patients restore normal body function, not only relieving symptoms but halting and reversing the progression towards life-threatening diseases such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, heart diseases, osteoporosis and many other chronic degenerative illnesses*.

The field of Functional Diagnostic Medicine offers an analytical system to achieve a comprehensive patient evaluation. That system is based upon objective clinical data derived from a number of different criteria including, but not limited to:

  • Tests of vital signs and neuro-endocrine reflexes
  • Comprehensive unique patient questioning
  • First line physical diagnostic testing
  • Urine and saliva chemistries
  • Evaluation of clinical and sub-clinical blood tests
  • Stool Tests
  • Evaluation of emotional and environmental issues
  • Careful evaluation of the hormonal system
  • Measurement of the patient’s toxic load

The majority of commonly diagnosed diseases today are symptoms of a much bigger problem that is often overlooked. Functional diagnostic medicine looks at the performance of the body as a whole rather than its separate parts since none of the body’s systems work in isolation of each other. The right testing can narrow down the origin of the problem and address multiple issues stemming from the same problem. So if you are experiencing any of the following health problems and have not had much success in treating or managing them, then a functional diagnostic medicine consultation may be beneficial to you:

  • Headaches
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Bloating or heaviness after eating
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain and inflammation
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • High blood pressure

*Credit to Functional Medicine University and Rob Grisanti, DC, DABCO, MS

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