Functional medicine has similar philosophy and principles to naturopathic medicine. We studied functional medicine as a way of deepening our knowledge of current natural medicine research and trends. The program gave us more assessment and treatment options for chronic and complex health concerns like autoimmune disease and chronic fatigue.
Our functional medicine training provided updated research in areas such as:
- Mitochondrial function or “energy production”: Mitochondria are the parts of cells that take nutrients and turn them into energy. Nearly every function of the body depends on this process. Genetics, toxicity or nutrient deficiencies can impair mitochondrial function. People with mitochondrial dysfunction often feel tired and may have sore muscles, poor tolerance for exercise, or developmental delays.
- Methylation or “detoxification”: The term “methylation” refers to one of the key chemical process that happens in our bodies. Poor methylators often struggle with low mood, poor sleep, hormonal imbalance, or inflammation. Almost every autoimmune condition correlates with some degree of impaired methylation.
- The Human Microbiome: The term “microbiome” refers to the bacteria found in our bodies, primarily in the digestive system. Bacterial balance has long been recognized for its role in digestive system health. More recently, science is showing strong correlations between the microbiome and mood, anxiety, immune health, inflammation, and even some cancers.
The Functional Medicine course also introduced us to new laboratory testing options. Data gained from functional testing helps determine underlying imbalances and allows us to fine-tune treatment according to your specific needs.
Integrative Health Care
Many MDs embrace functional medicine as a valuable integrative tool. Naturopathic and functional medicine are integrative approaches, meaning that we work alongside your other practitioners as a complement to the care they provide. As Certified Functional Medicine Practitioners, we feel better equipped to treat more complex health concerns, and help patients truly address the root causes.