Five startling things you may want to know about functional medicine

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Principle of functional medicine

Functional medicine views everyone as being genetically and biochemically unique. It is a science based on latest research. It believes the body is intelligent and has the capacity to self-regulate, which expresses itself through dynamic balance of all body systems; hence, the body can heal and prevent diseases.

Do Functional medical practitioners work with other clinicians?

Yes, most functional medicine practitioners are conventional medicine practitioners. They work hand in hand with other clinicians.

What kind of labs are needed?

Functional medicine requires thorough lab investigations and specialty lab-kits that are required to ascertain trigger and root causes. Some of these specialty labs might have to be outsourced to the USA, SA, DUBAI or UK. Hence, lab works tend to be pricey on initial consultation (Lab requests can also be given patients to do at external labs upon their request).

 

Why would I need IVs/ Supplements?

Considering the modern lifestyle and exigencies including soil depletion, bad agriculture practices, genetic alterations and increasing levels of toxicity in our environment, it is practically impossible to achieve optimal nutrient status without supplementation and occasional IVS.

How often can I have IVs?

Optimally for best results there should be at least 1-2 IVs per week for 2-3 months, then subsequently frequency is reduced based on lab findings and improvement. The main goal is to reach a maintenance IVS, whereby client just comes in for a re-boost.

The writer is a Medical Director at the Centre for Health and Rejuvenation, Accra.

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