At Elevate Health, your functional medicine provider will take a very in-depth, comprehensive approach to finding the root causes of chronic conditions. This involves both detailed history taking and cutting-edge diagnostics to evaluate how your environment, lifestyle, personal beliefs, psychosocial experiences and genetics impact your health. They will have a nuanced perspective when looking at various screening tests to detect any early signs of potential health problems. They use diet, physical activity, nutritional and botanical supplements, medications, and other lifestyle changes, as well as referrals to other other healing modalities like counseling, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, hypnosis, mediation. They will work with you to not only reverse any disease processes, but also to optimize your unique expression of health.

Functional Medicine is shaped by seven core principles:

  • Acknowledging the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness
  • Incorporating a patient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach to treatment
  • Seeking a dynamic balance among the internal and external factors in a patient’s body, mind, and spirit
  • Addressing the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors
  • Identifying health as a positive vitality—not merely the absence of disease—and emphasizing those factors that encourage a vigorous physiology
  • Promoting organ reserve as a means of enhancing the health span, not just the life span, of each patient
  • Functional Medicine is a science-using profession

For more information, see What Is Functional Medicine at 

Dahra Perkins, MD