Why Do We Need A New Approach?
Despite the many technological advances in modern medicine and spending more healthcare dollars than any other developed country, our nation is experiencing an increase in the number of Americans who suffer from on-going, chronic illnesses. Chronic health problems comprise 78% of our health expenditures, with almost one out of every two adults having at least one chronic illness. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases, with heart disease, stroke, and cancer accounting for than 50% of all deaths each year. Chronic illness affects everyone, either personally or through the suffering of someone close to them. At Infinium Med, we take a completely different approach to helping our patient suffering with chronic health conditions.
More information is available of the CDC's website: http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine is a healing oriented approach to health and medicine that integrates complementary and alternative healing philosophies and approaches with conventional medical care, neither rejecting conventional care nor accepting alternative therapies uncritically.
Integrative medicine focuses on:
- Prevention of disease and promotion of health.
- Treating the whole person (mind, body, spirit and community), including all aspects of lifestyle.
- The therapeutic and collaborative doctor-patient relationship.
- The intelligent use of evidence-based therapies, both conventional and alternative, that go beyond treating disease to provide optimal health.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is an emerging, evidence-based field of medicine dedicated to understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of complex, chronic disease. It's a fundamental change in our thinking, a whole different paradigm, like the “world is round, not flat” type of shift.
The way we understand health and disease no longer reflects biological reality or the biological laws of nature. We need to understand that chronic diseases are not fixed things that you “catch” or that just show up out of context, but are related to your genes, diet, lifestyle and to the environment you live in. We need to understand that the body is an ecosystem and is part of a larger ecosystem. Understanding how all the parts relate and what disturbs our ecological balance is more important than naming the disease, blaming the name for the problem, and thinking a drug will fix the disease.
At the heart of Functional Medicine are the seven core biochemical processes in our bodies, which determine whether we are healthy or sick. These processes are influenced by our genetic make-up, lifestyle factors, and the environment we live in.
- Fixing your digestion – understanding that our digestive system is at the core of our health, why it breaks down, and how to repair it.
- Cooling off the inflammation in your body – understanding how most of us have smoldering hidden inflammation that will kill us until we learn how to control it.
- Balancing your hormones and brain chemistry – understanding how our hormones and neurotransmitters influence nearly every aspect of our health, why they get out of balance, and how to get them back in balance.
- Boosting your energy metabolism - understand the importance of energy; how we make it, why we lose it, and how to create more of it.
- Calming your mind – understanding how our attitudes, spiritual beliefs, psychological and social factors, and stress affect our mental health and how the mind interacts with the body and how the body interacts with the mind to influence and affect each of our other systems and health.
- Enhancing your detoxification – understanding how toxins and problems with our detoxification (our waste management systems) lead to chronic health problems and how to optimize this detoxification system.
- Optimizing Environmental and Lifestyle Factors - We must understand how everything we put in our bodies interacts with our genes and bodily processes to create health or disease, especially our diet and nutritional status. Air, water, microorganisms, exercise, trauma, psycho-social factors, environmental toxins and radiation also affect our genes and our health.
By understanding these core processes in the body, how they become imbalanced, and how to restore balance, most chronic illnesses can be prevented, significantly improved or reversed.