Functional Medicine

A newly emerging specialty in medicine is the field of  Functional Medicine. I have been involved in this evolution for over 25 years. In retrospect, I was destined to become an Functional Medicine Doctor when I started attending numerous courses given by famed nutritional biochemist and medical educator, Dr. Jeff Bland. The principles advocated by Dr. Bland and subsequent pioneers in this field include: each human being has biochemical individuality, unique genetic and environmental input; medicine needs to patient-centered rather disease-centered; we need to help the patient develop a dynamic balance among the internal and external factors in his body, mind and spirit; the body’s physiology has amazing web-like connections; health can be attained and maintained as a positive vitality-it is not merely the absence of disease.A Functional Medicine doctor is likely to explore your diet, nutrition, exercise, toxin exposures and trauma history. It is likely that genetic predispositions, attitudes and beliefs would be identified and explored. An Arizona Functional Medicine Doctor also takes an integrative whole-person approach with special attention to nutritional biochemistry.In contrast to a medical evaluation with a more traditional practitioner, when you see an AZ Functional Medicine Doctor, it is more likely you would discuss issues like hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances, oxidative stress and your mitochondria, detoxification, immune and inflammatory imbalances, and digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances.As an example, when you see an Arizona Functional Medicine Doctor with an elevated cholesterol, there are a number of other hypothetical areas that might be discussed beyond a prescription for a statin drug. A Phoenix or Arizona Functional Medicine Doctor might explore your diet, stress and exercise patterns. Other coronary risk factors may be evaluated including homocysteine, CRPhs, lipoprotein a, apolipoprotein A1 and B, and the particle size of your HDL and LDL. Research on the Mediterranean Diet, natural formulas containing Select Kinase Response Modulators, and fish oil might be discussed or recommended. It is a fundamentally different approach that can yield far superior and more satisfying results.Please consider calling our office if you need an Arizona Functional Medicine Doctor at 480-820-4297. My fine staff and I approach our work with enthusiasm, dedication, and determination.We are an Arizona Bariatric Office specializing in Weight Loss & Weight Loss Management, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

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