How is Functional medicine (Balance protocol Ⓡ) different?

Functional medicine

Shifting the traditional disease-centered focus to a patient-centered approach addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health. In this way, Functional Medicine supports everyone’s unique expression of health and vitality.

The ten guiding principles.

1. You are a Category of One (n=1)

Biochemical individuality.
The concept is that each person is unique, and that dysfunction is due to the interactions of the individual’s genes with environment and lifestyle. Genes are influenced by continuous exposure to the diet, nutrients, life experiences, beliefs, activity, toxins, medications, etc. Therefore, the unique genetic makeup of everyone requires personalized levels of nutrition and a lifestyle adapted to that individual’s needs to achieve optimal health. The consequences of not meeting the specific needs of the individual are expressed, over time, as a disease.

2. Four Factors of Influence

Environment, Lifestyle, Mindset, Nutrition.
All four factors, individually and collectively, significantly influence your health or dysfunction. Therefore, the dysfunction reflects a disruption in the balance between you and your environment, mindset, lifestyle, and nutrition.

3. Health-Cantered versus Disease-Cantered

The focus is on patient-centered care, promoting health beyond just the absence of disease. The dysfunction is simply a breakdown of mechanisms that maintain control, resilience, and balance. Dysfunction is rarely organ-specific; instead, alteration in systemic physiological malfunction. The focus must be on the interaction between the person and the four factors (environment, lifestyle, mindset, and nutrition).

Medicine is primarily about developing the diagnosis and treatment, not promoting health or prevention. Functional medicine focuses on salutogenesis (the origins of health and factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause dysfunction), not Pathogenesis.

4. An integrative, science-based healthcare approach.

We look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, lifestyle, and physiology that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of everyone is taken into consideration, along with internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment)factors that affect function.

5. Interconnectivity of all Systems

There is a weblike interconnection between every system in the body. E.g., Your immune system can affect your endocrine system; your digestion can affect your nervous system.

6. ATM

Antecedents’ factors predispose a person to be acute or chronic illness, including family history, genetics, circumstances of birth and delivery, etc.

Triggers or triggering events are factors that provoke the symptoms and signs of illness. E.g., physical, or psychic trauma, microbes, toxins, memories, stressful events, surgery, infection, etc

Mediators – are factors, biochemical or psychosocial, that contribute to pathological changes and dysfunctional responses. E.g., Inflammatory cytokines, ongoing psychological stress, exposure to environmental insults, i.e., mould, and chronic sleep deprivation.

7. Correct Order of operations

There is a dynamic difference in doing the right thing but in the correct order.

8. Integrating best medical practices.

Functional medicine combines traditional Western medical techniques with what are sometimes considered “integrative” or “alternative” medicine, focusing on prevention through diet, nutrition, and exercise.

The use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribing combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, lifestyle changes, or stress-management techniques.

9. Decisions Based on Unique Personal Data

All treatment decisions are made on your unique data and circumstances.
Context- Context, Context, Context
Q2M2- Qualify ~ Quantify ~ Measure ~ Monitor

10. Health Is Most Valuable Possession

True health is a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease. If you don’t have health, you have nothing.

Dr. Matt le Roux is a man of many talents: chiropractor, sports scientist and functional medicine practitioner. His science-based approach motivates him to explore the synergy between health and performance that changes the way you move, live, train, think, and eat.

Dr Matt le Roux

Chiropractor, Functional medicine practitioner

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