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Functional Medicine







What is Functional Medicine?

The Institute for Functional Medicine describes functional medicine as an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. 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. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.


Why do we need Functional Medicine?

According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, we need functional medicine because:

·         Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto’s.


·            The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.


·            Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.


·            There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.


·            Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.


How is Functional Medicine different?

Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:


·            Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, Dr. Jamieson brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address your unique needs.


·            An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Dr. Jamieson looks “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in your history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.


·            Integrating best medical practices. Dr. Jamieson integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing, muscle testing, qEEG brain mapping and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of chiropractic treatments, botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, neurofeedback therapy, stress-management techniques amongst others.


Dr. Jamieson focuses on removing the underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction

Dr. Jamieson assesses the patient’s fundamental clinical imbalances through careful history taking, physical examination, and laboratory testing. He considers multiple factors, including:


·         Environmental inputs The air you breathe and the water you drink, the particular diet you eat, the quality of the food available to you, your level of physical exercise, and toxic exposures all affect your health.


·         Mind-body elements Psychological, spiritual, and social factors, or traumas you have experienced all can have a profound influence on your health. Considering these areas helps Dr. Jamieson see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms.


·         Genetic makeup Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows that your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes are activated and expressed.


Through assessment of the underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction, Dr. Jamieson is able to understand how key processes are affected. These are the body’s processes that keep you alive. Some occur at the cellular level and involve how cells function, repair, and maintain themselves. These processes are related to larger biological functions, such as:


·         how your body rids itself of toxins

·         regulation of hormones

·         regulation of neurotransmitters

·         immune system function

·         inflammatory responses



·         digestion and absorption of nutrients

·         health of the digestive tract

·         structural integrity

·         psychological and spiritual equilibrium

·         how you produce energy


All of these processes are influenced by both environmental factors and your genetic make-up; when they are disturbed or imbalanced, they lead to symptoms, which can lead to disease if effective interventions are not applied.


Integrative chiropractic care is a comprehensive approach to treatment.

Dr. Jamieson can address most imbalances in functionality; some can be completely restored to optimum function, and others can be substantially improved.


·         Prevention is paramount.

Virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in functionality.


·         Changing how the systems function can have a major impact on your health.

Dr. Jamieson has examined and integrated a wide array of available interventions and customizes a treatment plan including those with the most impact on your underlying functionality.


·         Dr. Jamieson has a large integrated tool kit.

Dr. Jamieson believes that his integrative protocol helps him heal patients faster and more effectively. Treatments may include combinations of chiropractic procedures, botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, therapeutic diets, or detoxification programs and neurofeedback brain training. They may also include counseling on lifestyle, exercise, or stress-management techniques.


·         The patient becomes a partner.

As a patient, you become an active partner. This allows you to really be in charge of improving your own health and changing the outcome of disease.


For more information about functional medicine, visit the Institute for Functional Medicine.



Be Active Participants in your Health Care!

We encourage you to be active participants in your health care. That’s why we are making every effort to educate you on very important aspects of your health. We want you to understand on a high level how your body functions, and how the structural, biochemical and emotional stressors interfere with your health.


So don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have. In addition, we are constantly adding new papers and articles under the links on the left. You will find an archive of our monthly newsletters on the top left. If you like to receive our monthly newsletter per email, please register here.


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