Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

Is Functional Medicine a scam?

Functional Medicine is a science-based approach that addresses the underlying causes of disease and promotes optimal wellness. By addressing the root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of the disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. Like one bad apple can spoil the entire bag, the same way one practitioner delivering substandard care brings a bad reputation to the community. To avoid this, look for the credentials of the practitioner. One of the best credentials is when the practitioner is trained in traditional conventional medicine and has a degree equivalent to MD and has further advanced education in functional medicine. This way they can adapt the best practices from both disciplines.

What is the difference between integrative medicine, functional medicine, and naturopathy?

  • Functional medicine focuses on treating underlying causes of illness.
  • Integrative medicine applies many forms of therapy to improve wellness.
  • Naturopathy centers around normal remedies to disease.

What distinguishes Functional Medicine from holistic medicine?

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that includes body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness.

What is the difference between Functional Medicine and standard/general practice medicine?

Functional Medicine vs traditional medicine, the two come to a diagnosis and therapeutic intervention from different angles. Functional Medicine is very comprehensive with chronic conditions where there may be a range of underlying issues that need to be tackled to ensure better health and wellbeing. The Functional Medicine approach involves a more complete level of investigation.

Is Functional Medicine the future?

Functional Medicine is the future because health and vitality are essential for the highest expression of individual health. The scope and cost of chronic disease continue to rise. Functional Medicine has proven to reverse this trend by providing better outcomes and cost savings for both patients and the healthcare system in the long term.

What are the important attributes of Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine uncovers and addresses the underlying root causes of the common conditions that affect a growing number of people—autoimmune diseases, diabetes, obesity, emotional well-being, and digestive issues, to name a few. Functional Medicine’s pragmatic approach offers the potential for achieving unprecedented levels of health restoration and financial savings.

What are the principles of Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a mutually empowering relationship between patient and provider where both share responsibility for creating and implementing the healthcare plan to achieve desired well-being.

Where can I find a Functional Medicine doctor?

Heal n Cure is a center for Functional Medicine located in Glenview, Illinois, and delivers functional medicine care in a multidisciplinary setting. Our interdisciplinary team includes a physician, nurse practitioner, nutritionist, and health coach.

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