Root Cause Medicine
Functional Medicine (FM) seeks to determine and address the root cause of illness and disease, instead of focusing on and managing only the symptoms. Integrative medicine approaches care placing the patient at the center. It also addresses a full range of possiblilities that can cause health issues, whether physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual or environmental influences. It is a rapidly growing discipline that typically focuses on healing chronic disease states. These disease states include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, infertility, diabetes, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and auto-immune conditions. Functional Medicine also seeks to optimize health and vitality in individuals without a current chronic disease state.
Functional Medicine aims not only to get patients healthy (symptom free), but to move them beyond that to a state of vitality and overall well-being. Traditional Western medicine has evolved to work with the individual organs or organ systems in isolation. FM considers how these various organs and systems interact in illness and in health.
Evolution in Practicing Medicine
Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
To this end, FM is also typically multi-disciplinary and includes supportive modalities that might not always be found in a traditional healthcare setting. However, your treatment plan is always individualized, and is based on your unique biochemistry and context. FM is ultimately a partnership, where you are supported and guided to take ownership and control of your health.
Functional Medicine Treatment
A typical Functional Medicine treatment path starts with an in-depth analysis of your total being. We look at your health history, diet, exercise, sleep, genetics, stress levels, nutrient and hormone status. This wealth of information is examined through a systems-lens. It allows the FM practitioner to begin finding the root cause and addressing interrelated factors that are currently out of balance.
Individualised supplementation, nutrition, IV therapy, changes to your work and home environment, mindfulness-based practices, and exercise routines are all typically part of the initial stages of healing.
We get to the Root Cause of...
- Anxiety and depression
- Asthma and allergy
- Autoimmune conditions
- Cancer prevention and support
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Dermatological conditions (acne, eczema/psoriasis)
- Diabetes, pre-diabetes
- Elevated cholesterol and heart health
- Environmental and food allergies
- Female disorders (PMS, PCOS, menopause, infertility, libido)
- Gastrointestinal disorders (IBS/IBD/Reflux)
- Healthy aging
- Healthy weight and metabolism
- Hormone balance
- Male disorders (hair loss, libido)
- Migraines and headaches
- Thyroid and adrenal disorders
Root Cause Medicine: A Patient-Centered Approach
Functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. It does this by shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach.
At Lynne Murfin MD, our Physicians and Nurse Practitioners spend time with their patients. They listen to their histories and look at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. These factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. If you are visiting our clinic, you can expect an in-depth analysis of your health. This includes history, diet, exercise, sleep, genetics, stress levels, and your nutrient and hormone status. This wealth of information is examined through a systems-lens, which allows our physicans to begin addressing interrelated factors that are currently out of balance.
Individualised supplementation, nutrition consults, IV therapy, and mindfulness-based practices are all typically part of the initial stages of healing and can be accessed through our clinic when you are locally based.
If you would like to book with us but live outside of the Calgary, Alberta area, we also offer Telemedicine Appointments.