Functional Medicine is Personalized Medicine. It is a model that addresses the how’s and why’s of your illness and helps you restore your health by looking for the root cause of disease. It is an individualized patient -centered model that takes in all aspects of a person’s unique biochemistry, genetics an environment. It is not a model based on chasing symptoms, rather it identifies the complexities that underly the health condition. When all aspects of a person’s past, present, diet, nutrition, lifestyle, medications, culture and genetics are taken into consideration, then individualized patient centered treatments and protocol can be designed.
Today, the traditional medical model is breaking under the weight of chronic illness in America. Today, chronic disease account for over 86% of the $3.2 trillion spent on health care each year in the U.S.
HOWEVER, THERE ARE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION !
The Functional Model takes a different approach. For example while depression and anxiety are often addressed with anti-depressant, the underlying physiological and psychological issues driving the condition can be due to many factors with various triggers like:
For example if you are having anxiety with heart palpation a functional medicine approach is to order a full Thyroid Panel with Thyroid Antibodies. If your antibodies are elevated your diagnosis is now Hashimoto’s. If this full panel was not ordered, you may have gone years not knowing that you had an Autoimmune Condition and your thyroid gland was under duress. On further investigation it is found that you are eating certain foods which trigger an autoimmune reaction. Your thyroid then releases thyroid hormones into your bloodstream when triggered by this specific food, which is your autoimmune trigger. One of those thyroid hormones could be T3, which in excess can create heart palpitations, anxiety, dizziness and nausea. With this discovery and education on the symptoms of Hashimoto’s, you realize that you were really suffering from a Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Attack that triggered the symptoms of anxiety. Once you understand the triggers and antecedents of Hashimoto’s you can calm the Autoimmune Response and heal your thyroid.
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"I have worked collaboratively with Dr. Viencek for over 13 years. She has helped my patients by creating personalized detoxification protocols based upon health histories and interpretation of Oligo Scan results. Patients seeking safe removal of Mercury Amalgam fillings have appreciated her consultations and support. Dr. Viencek has used a functional medicine perspective addressing whole body systems. Patients with special health concerns such as Hashimoto’s Disease and MTHFR gene mutation find that they get the comprehensive attention needed for their removal plan.
Dr. Viencek is always researching and updating her nutritional approach with both specialized testing and treatment protocols. Patient feedback is always positive. I refer both my patients in need of detoxification protocols and those in need of comprehensive nutritional consultation to Dr. Viencek with complete confidence."
~ Michael B. McGrath, DDS, AIAOMT, Biological Dentist
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