Why You Should Consider a Functional Medicine Doctor

Why You Should Consider a Functional Medicine Doctor
Through the Fog What exactly is a functional medicine doctor? How will that benefit me? Functional medicine doctors are trained like any other doctor, but with added training in holistic medicine. One of their goals is to get to the root of the issue — what's causing the disease — and not just treat the symptoms. These doctors are patient-oriented and spend a good amount of time with their patients. They actually take the time to listen and gather information about a patient's history, including genetic predispositions, environmental factors and lifestyle, all of which can influence long-term health. They take each person as an individual, not a disease. I want to be seen as a whole person, not just a set of symptoms, don't you? Most doctors are just not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of chronic diseases such as fibromyalgia, and how to apply life-altering strategies like nutrition, supplementation and exercise to treat and improve these illnesses in their patients. Unfortunately, mainstream doctors get very little training in medical school regarding nutrition. This is regrettable because what you eat really does matter. In my experience, they also don't run enough of the right kinds of tests. For example, to determine thyroid health a doctor typically tests your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. Functional medicine doctors will check that plus t3 and t4, and more. Their goal is to get a more complete picture so that th
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  1. Grace from Australia says:

    I know what you’re saying Robin. That’s why I hardly ever visit a doctor as they just want to write a script and be done with it. This week my bowels just stopped moving. Nothing I did helped: magnesium; 7 movicols a day etc. etc. The doctor just gave some suppositories which also did not do anything. Finally a friend on FB suggested the prep product before colonoscopies. Here the name is Picolax. When I took that it finally emptied me out but…now there has been no movement again for two days despite (again) taking all sorts of things that would normally have me going to the toilet several times. The thing that normally keeps me regular is 4 magnesium capsules in the morning. Now nothing even seems to give a little cramp. I want to know why as this seems so unusual. Not just a script that treats the symptom but looking for the cause. Wish you had a list of functional doctors in Australia.

    • Robin Dix says:

      Grace, the hard thing about taking meds to help you go is that your body comes to depend on them and your bowel gets sluggish. Try increasing your veggies, decrease sugar and what products for awhile. Here’s a link to functional medicine prescribers in Australia

  2. Dianne Wilber says:

    Thanks for the info on functional medicine+ doctors , Robin .I`ve never heard of it before .I wonder if health insurance pays for it ?

  3. Grace from Australia says:

    Thanks for that! Actually, I eat lots of vegies, fruit and things like freshly ground up flaxseed etc. But…I do think that some things I had over the Xmas and New Year period could have caused problems. Learned my lesson!

  4. Max Jones says:

    I hadn’t ever heard of functional medicine until recently. I really like the idea of a doctor who is trained to treat the problem, not just the symptoms! I’ll have to see what the functional medicine doctor options are in my area next time I’m having issues!

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