Dr. John
Bowman

What is Functional Medicine? 

How My Practice Is Different:  
What is Functional Medicine?
The past 20 years has seen an epidemic- actually an explosion- of every chronic disease. Chronic pain, chronic fatigue, cancer, strokes, obesity, diabetes, thyroid problems, endometriosis, infertility, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, autism, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, asthma- literally every chronic disease- has exploded. How could this have happened? 

Everyone agrees that every chronic disease is caused by a combination of genetics and environment.  
But how do we from genetics + environment to all these diseases?  
Genetics + 
Environment
ADHD
Adrenal Fatigue
Allergies
Alzheimer’s
Arthritis
Asthma
Autism
Cancer
Cerebral Palsy
Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Pain 
Crohn’s
Dementia
Diabetes
Endometriosis
Fatty Liver
Fibromyalgia
GERD
Grave’s Disease
Juvenile Diabetes
Heart Disease
Hypothyroidism
Infertility
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Lupus
MS    
Obesity
Parkinson's
Ulcerative Colitis 
Conventional medicine looks to find a diagnosis, and then assign treatment protocols based on that diagnosis. These protocols have been heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, and generally fail to ask the question “Why did this disease occur?”  

Over the past 3 decades, scientists and doctors have developed new model for treating chronic disease known as “Functional Medicine” that largely ignores the “disease” and instead focuses on the underlying physiological changes in the body represented by the ? above. By measuring and improving these functional physiological changes, chronic diseases that have been difficult (or impossible) to treat through conventional medicine often improve or resolve.
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Genetics + 
Environment
FUNCTIONAL SYSTEMS
Nutrition
Gastrointestinal
Endocrine
Detoxification
Inflammation / Chronic Infections
Stealth Infections
Energy  /  Oxidative Stress
Structure
Mind  /  Emotions  /  Spirit
Functional Medicine has been hailed as “The Medicine of Tomorrow”.  
I couldn’t agree more, except I believe that Functional Medicine's time is today.

MORE LINKS ABOUT FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE: 

What is Functional Medicine?  from the Institute of Functional Medicine

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