What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a systems-oriented (assimilation, defense and repair, structural integrity, energy and communication, transport, biotransformation, and elimination), patient-focused clinical model designed to reverse the growing chronic disease epidemic. Susan and Jeffrey Bland, the founders of the Institute for Functional medicine, “recognized that today’s most prevalent health issues are mostly caused by the interactions between genetics, lifestyle choices, and environmental exposures and that treating them requires understanding these interactions and subsequently using that understanding to design appropriate treatments that are personalized to each individual. By determining the factors contributing to illness, practitioners of functional medicine can craft treatment plans that can help.”

Functional Medicine is an ever-evolving, cutting-edge, systems-biology approach to health that treats each patient as a whole person. No longer is the patient seen purely as a disease, or a syndrome, but instead as a person who can be helped on the path to optimal wellness. By evaluating a matrix of fundamental causes in the diagnostic and therapeutic process, we can more accurately understand the roots of pathophysiology (the disordered normal body function processes associated with disease), leading to earlier interventions to improve health and foster wellness.

For more information visit: https://www.ifm.org/functional-medicine/

Dr. Fuentes-Valdes keeps her IFM membership current and continues her education in Functional Medicine on her role as your partner in moving forward within your personal health journey.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Fuentes-Valdes on our website or by phone.

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