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What is Functional Medicine?

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The providers at Dupage Health and Wellness approach individual health care needs by asking appropriate questions based on the standards of care guidelines. We believe to treat a client we must understand the most important elements of each person's individual needs. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach and engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of individuals. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person instead of an isolated set of symptoms. Practitioners spend time with their patients reviewing their histories and interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence chronic disease. This supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

Functional medicine offers a powerful new operating system and clinical model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease to replace the ineffective acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century. It incorporates the latest in genetic science and systems biology; Therefore increasing understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease. It also enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, and personalized care while empowering patients to take an active role in their own health. This approach creates a systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying cause of disease.

Genetic Factors

Genetic factors are viewed by our team as the blueprints for possible adverse outcomes. Interventions target modifiable factors that regulate genes. In some cases we will complete a cutting edge microbiome analysis and genomic profile, which will help us choose species specific to disease. 

Hormone Health

Hormone health consists of creating a delicate balance of all organ systems. The clinicians at Dupage Health and Wellness have a decade of experience in understanding the relationship between the hormones and how to treat them in the most successful way. Our unique philosophy combines traditional standards of care for diagnostics along with a fresh integrative approach to treatments. 

Lifestyle

Lifestyle is defined by beliefs and habits like exercise, smoking, alcohol use, employment demands, external stressors, environmental risks, and sleep habits. Obviously some of the stressors are not easily modified. It takes a dedicated approach to help people who have complex situations. Our clinicians spend time getting to know you and treatments are tailed to each individual unique circumstance. 

Toxic Burden

Toxic burden refers to the amount of toxins within the body that are not properly eliminated by the body. Impaired elimination can occur when there is gastrointestinal imbalance, liver disease, renal dysfunction, or simply a cumulative toxic exposure excess that overwhelms the system. Specialty testing, which may not be offered by traditional medical providers, is used to identify hidden burdens that manifest disease. Treatments are guided based on the findings of such testing.

Infectious organisms have been shown to enter and sometimes remain in bodies and cause on going health conditions. Viruses, fungus, parasites, and bacteria need to be identified if they are the root of the symptoms and disease. Management may be ongoing and require a dynamic approach to manage.

Past & Current Health Awareness

Awareness of prior treatments assist us to identify ongoing needs, chronic health conditions, and new needs that may result from other treatments. Examples are medications having side effects or surgeries that may interfere with the body’s ability to function correctly. We also want to know who your current health care provider is so that we can work in unity.

Nutrition and Exercise

Nutrition and exercise are possibly the two most important areas that must be addressed in order to achieve positive health care outcomes. We use testing to plan appropriate nutrition plans that match genetics, risk factors, intolerances, deficiencies, and caloric requirements. Exercise planning depends on the findings of genetic analysis, health issues, adrenal health, and other metabolic measurements. In other words, using science to guide exercise planning. We feel a health care provider should be available to assist fitness goals. Imagine your health is like your home. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

Core Treatment Programs:

  • Fatigue management: thyroid, adrenals, glucose management, growth hormone support, and neurotransmitter evaluations and treatments.

  • Weight loss

  • Men and women's health: inflammation markers, genetic screening for fit and health, salivary adrenal testing, complete thyroid panel, nutrient deficiency evaluations, omega-3 and other fat measurements, misc. metabolic measurements, assessment of kidney, liver, and heart assessment (core testing panel).

  • Functional gut/ brain testing and treatments

  • Pain management (non-pharmacological)

  • Addiction management

  • Food intolerance analysis

  • Sexual health and some fertility assessments and treatments

  • Detoxification

  • Cancer screening and management

  • IV nutrition protocols

  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments- stem cell treatments

  • Chronic disease management

  • Various homeopathic injections

  • Nutritional product support