What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
As the graphic illustrates, a diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.
Conditions Commonly Treated with Functional Medicine
- Adrenal Disorders
- Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
- Autoimmune diseases
- Cancer prevention
- Cardiovascular disease
- Digestive disorders
- Environmental and food allergies
- Women’s health disorders (PMS, PCOS, menopause, etc.)
- Hormonal imbalances
- Metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, and insulin resistance
- Thyroid disorders
- Wellness care (health, nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, sleep)
- Sports Optimization
What to Expect
Before your first visit, you complete an extensive medical history questionnaire. The information you provide lays the groundwork for our investigation into the root cause(s) of your current chronic condition. The extensive medical history questionnaire will ask you about your:
- Lifestyle: Including your diet, activity level, work life, hobbies and stressors.
- Genetics: Including your family history of physical and mental conditions.
- Environment: Including your exposure to toxins and allergens.
During your first appointment, you’ll have a one-on-one visit with a provider. Your first visit lasts about 60 minutes. This gives us time to:
- Review your health history.
- Perform a physical exam.
- Order lab tests and perform specialized blood tests as needed.
- Identify your health goals.
- Discuss treatments and follow-up care.
- All blood chemistries
- Genova Diagnostics NutrEval
- Diagnostic Solutions GI Map
- Precision Analytical DUTCH test
- Great Plains Lab or Genova Diagnostics Organic Acids Test (OAT)
- Genova SIBO Breath Test
- Cyrex or Genova IgG Food Sensitivity Panel
- Doctor’s Data test for heavy metals
Dr. Megan Burgess, DC
Dr. Burgess is full body certified in Active Release Technique (ART), certified in acupuncture, and certified in Dry Needling. She is also currently in the process of obtaining her diplomate as a Chiropractic Internist. Dr. Burgess has been a Chiropractic patient at the Rubin Health Center since high school. Her interests include diet and nutrition, functional medicine, and fitness.