There are approximately 7.8 billion humans on this planet. Each of us is unique with our own lifestyle, health history and genetic makeup. With that in mind, your nutrition plan should be customized to your specific requirements. This is the primary idea behind functional medicine: we consider every aspect of one's health history, lifestyle, current health, current and past diet, genetics, and results of blood tests. If you're one of my patients or you read my articles, you have likely heard me talk a lot about functional medicine.
To review, functional medicine is an evidence-based approach to identifying the root cause of disease. Every symptom and differential diagnosis can be one of many issues contributing to an individual's illness. We can identify the onset of disease before it's too late.
So, what's different about this compared to the blood testing you do with your doctor? We look at what's called the functional range. We use a smaller degree of deviation within the "normal" range, which identifies the risk of disease before it develops. The pathological range (what medical doctors look at) is used to diagnose disease, which, of course, is critical. Functional medicine is meant to prevent you from reaching too high or too low of levels within the pathological range.
There are many reasons why your primary care physician (PCP) will not advise you regarding these functional ranges. A PCP must
have a diagnosis code to treat the patient. Most PCPs bill insurance and the insurance company will not pay for certain codes. The code has to match the testing they do. Let's say you go in for back pain. The insurance company would say it's unnecessary to test for a hormone panel for back pain. In the scope of practice for a PCP, they diagnose conditions determined by the CDC. Just stress without a major anxiety disorder would not be a diagnosable disease. Mild blood sugar imbalances without being diabetic would not be a diagnosable disease. The Western medical system is not set up for preventive medicine very well. It's not a failure of your PCP, but a failure of the system and it's part of the reason why our nation's overall health is so poor.
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