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Welcome to IFM
FOCUS ON: The Bravewell Report
FOCUS ON: IFM Revisits the Dietary Supplement Controversy
FOCUS ON: New Directions for IFM and Functional Medicine
FOCUS ON: The Affordable Care Act and Functional Medicine
FOCUS ON: Genetically Modified Foods Twenty Years On—Still No Labeling and Minimal Safety Testing
FOCUS ON: Bringing Functional Medicine to Residency Training—Tallahassee Memorial’s Family Medicine Residency Program
FOCUS ON: Heart Disease—Shouldn’t the Focus be on Societal and Behavioral Change?
FOCUS ON: Screening Mammography—What Should Patients and Practitioners Know and Do?
FOCUS ON: The Global Burden of Disease and “Big Science"
FOCUS ON: Energy in Medicine
FOCUS ON: IFM Partners With PLMI to Transform Medicine
FOCUS ON: Thought Leaders Convene at PLMI Consortium
FOCUS ON: Joe Pizzorno, ND, Applies Clinical Pathophysiology
FOCUS ON: Healthcare Costs and the Choosing Wisely Campaign
FOCUS ON: Reporting on the State of Health in the U.S.
FOCUS ON: Introducing the Year of Nutrition
FOCUS ON: Changing Gene Expression Without Changing Genes
Why Functional Medicine?
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
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