Functional Medicine

Mark Hyman MD

Functional medicine is part of the medicine of the future.  That may be why the Cleveland Clinic has so much invested in its functional medicine center.  This approach looks at why someone is ill: a systems-based approach to address the underlying causes of disease by looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and manifest as complex, chronic illness. Long before chronic illness appears, there are functional disturbances.

Advanced testing can uncover many of these 'upstream' markers and guide therapy.   Often latent infection or undiagnosed nutritional deficits will become apparent.  Treatment with nutritional changes and/or supplements provides a low risk, conservative approach.  Medication is used when needed.  The same approach of looking for the underlying cause of symptoms is used both for complex illness as well as for prevention.

Based on the use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques, functional medicine prescriptions include combinations of medications (if needed) and/or botanical (herbal) medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs and stress-management techniques.

Dr. Herbert is a member of the very first graduating class from the Institute for Functional Medicine's intensive training program who passed a rigorous certification examination in 2013.

Both functional and integrative approaches may be very useful with systemic illness such as:

- andropause

- autoimmune issues

- digestive difficulties

- chronic fatigue

- pain

- fibromyalgia

- diabetes

- hormones (including thyroid)

- irritable bowel

-Lyme (Dr. Herbert is a member of ILADS)

- menopause

- environmental exposures, with a specialty in illness from water-damaged buildings

- toxic heavy metals (mercury, gadolinium, lead, arsenic and more)

- overweight

- atherosclerosis

- degenerative neurological concerns

- digestive malabsorption that leads to

- nutritional deficiencies and

- more

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