Myths About Functional Medicine
Over the years of incorporating Functional Medicine into my family practice (and becoming integrative), I’ve heard patients present barriers to why they are not pursuing a more personalized approach to their healthcare issues. Here I lay out some of those myths that my colleagues and I have heard:
- Myth: It is expensive.
- Truth: Being unhealthy is expensive! Conventional medicine, while great at fixing a broken leg or surgically repairing a gunshot wound, does not heal chronic illness. The conventional model does not look for the root cause in order to restore the patient to optimal wellness; therefore, costs continue to climb as overall health declines. Getting a cheaper plane ticket to a place you don’t want to go is NOT the way to save money!
- Myth: If Functional Medicine actually worked, my current doctor would be doing it/Why isn’t my current doctor doing it?
- Truth: It takes approximately 17 years for new research to be disseminated through the huge bureaucracy that is mainstream medicine and even longer to become the norm. Only those dedicated to finding answers for their patients seek out this cutting-edge information and implement it as soon as it is possible.
- Myth: I’ve tried everything.
- Truth: Until you’ve had someone create a personalized wellness-based solution for you, AND you have followed it, you have not tried everything.
- Myth: I can figure this out myself. I can do all the research on my problem and fix it with supplements that I buy online from Dr. “So-and So.”
- Truth: It takes 100’s of exposures to lab tests, 100’s of hours of study, and years of looking at outcomes to develop a plan of care for an individual patient. The patient needs a partner in their healthcare, which should be the health care provider with whom they actually have a relationship and has in depth knowledge of that patient’s medical needs.
- Myth: All Functional Medicine practitioners are the same.
- Truth: They are as varied as every other type of health care provider you’ve been around. At Innovative Healthcare, we are Integrative, meaning we combine the wealth of knowledge from both conventional and Functional Medicine to put together a plan that best meets the needs of each patient. We do utilize insurance where we are able and inform patients when insurance is not able to meet their needs.
- Myth: I’m too busy to do this.
- Truth: While we’re all busy attending to responsibilities with work, family, church, friends, hobbies, etc., it’s also essential we give priority to our own health. A sound wellness program reduces the likelihood of illness and unplanned doctors’ appointments and raises the likelihood you’ll have time and energy to devote to the things that make you happy.
I hope this speaks to the concerns you have about integrating Functional Medicine’s root cause analysis approach with conventional medicine in treating your healthcare concerns. Call today and make an appointment to find how you and I can work together!