In this article you will learn:
What "functional medicine" is and why it's an important perspective for your health strategy
Where to look for functional medicine practitioners
How to re-frame your journey from being a patient (victim) to a player (leader) of your health game
Lazy Reader's Section:
Functional medicine is an umbrella perspective that considers health from a holistic, integrated perspective and evaluates all natural possibilities for preventative treatment and maintenance of optimal health, rather than waiting for disease to happen. If disease is present, functional medicine will approach the problem by supporting the body to heal itself wherever possible and minimize the collateral damage from drugs and medications.
I discuss this perspective at great length, as well as the resources mentioned here, in my landmark personal growth book, Dance Your Way Through Life: A No Bullshit Guide to Hacking Your Body, Mind & Soul for Success where I share over 1500+ scientific references, action plans and everything there is to know about health. It also comes with 30 minutes with yours truly to clarify your goals and set an action plan to kick ass, so go check it out.
Finally, if you want to include me as part of your functional health team, don't be afraid to reach out.
Healthcare is changing (thank God), and as a result so will what it means to go to the doctor, treat disease and be healthy. Remember that only 50-60 years ago doctors were painted on cigarette ads and it was considered "healthy" to smoke. How times have changed.
Today more than ever you have the ability to take control of your health through research, learning the story of your genes, taking supplements, reading, listening to books and podcasts and everything else that you do when you want to dive into a practice. This last part is the most important: health is a practice.
With all of these tools and opportunities, we have great possibility but also great responsibility. You must be an active player in your health game, taking center stage and "dribbling the ball" (or dancing) because, quite frankly, even the best doctors have a clinic to run and can't be depended upon.
Nobody is going to know your full health story but you, and it is from this perspective of leadership that you can begin to enlist the help of various coaches and pros to help you on your journey. In this sense you are both the manager and the player, making hiring and firing decisions and also getting out on the floor to perform. Don't sit in the sidelines and hope for the best, your health is everything in life and nobody (no matter how skilled or compassionate) can hold that responsibility for you.
What is "Functional Medicine" and why is it important?