Restoring Health with Functional Medicine
by Dr. Bahl

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The term “functional medicine” was coined in 1993 by Jeffrey Bland PhD. Functional medicine is an
integrated patient-centered approach to health care that addresses the underlying cause of disease. It looks at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence health. Functional medicine addresses the healthcare needs of today because our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as: diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders.

Functional medicine acknowledges that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a lengthy period of declining function in one or more of the body systems. Seeking to uncover underlying clinical imbalances, environmental inputs and genetic predisposition, functional medicine aims for early detection, prevention and optimizing health by restoring balance.

Functional medicine examines the following core clinical imbalances that underlie expression of disease: 

1. Hormonal imbalances.
2. Neurotransmitter imbalances.
3. Detoxification imbalances.
4. Cellular function imbalances.
5. Digestive, absorptive and microbiological imbalances.
6. Immune and inflammatory imbalances.
7. Structural imbalances (from cell to larger systems).

Functional medicine involves understanding the origin of the disease. The Basic Principles of Functional Medicine are:

• Addressing the whole person- genetics, environment and lifestyle.
• Understanding unique biochemical individuality.
• Addressing the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors.
• Viewing health as a positive vitality not merely the absence of disease. 

Functional medicine is not alternative medicine. It is evidence-based, clinically sound medicine that
effectively addresses root cause of disease. It envisions longevity with an optimally functioning body!

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