– Investing in ‘functional medicine’ to cure disease, not soothe symptoms, for patients. “CEO of Cleveland Clinic Toby Cosgrove was looking for innovation and he sees the future of medicine,” Dr Hyman said of the man who heads the nonprofit clinic that has been a leader for nearly a century in improving medical care.
– Many people are finding better health solutions with functional medicine, a new model for how to practice medicine and treat chronic disease. Most experts acknowledge the current system is failing people with chronic illness. Even James Madara, MD, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Medical Association (AMA), agrees that traditional medicine education needs an overhaul. “The structure of medical-school curriculum hasn’t changed in more than half a century, yet, in the last 25 years, patients’ needs have changed completely,” he says. “Today, for every one person admitted to the hospital, 300 more are seen as outpatients, most with chronic conditions. Caring for this new population requires an entirely different mindset.”
– The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is pleased to announce the decision by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to award IFM Accreditation with Commendation
– The near tragedy forced him to confront an uncomfortable truth. Fourteen years of medical training had not equipped him to detect a preventable condition in his own child. The episode changed his whole view of medicine and how he practised it.
– Do you ever go to the GP, describe your symptoms, pick up a prescription and leave, all in a matter of 10 to 15 minutes, feeling you still don’t really know what’s wrong with you? If so, Functional Medicine (FM) may be an option to consider. FM rejects the ‘what is wrong and what drug can I prescribe?’ approach of conventional medicine and instead examines the underlying causes based on the individual.
– We interview Dr Amel Seghouani, a remarkable woman at the top of her game. She is a nutritional and functional medicine therapist based in London. She has a brilliant academic record (Fully qualified and GMC registered medical doctor,she is also trained as a Naturopath,and is a BANT Registered Nutritional Therapist as well as a Certified Gluten Sensitivity Practitioner.Dr Seghouani also holds an MBA) but above all, it is her passion for supporting patients via a holistic approach that makes her stand out. She likes to get to the root cause of the problem and once there she will do everything she can to help her patients with a drug free approach. Her mission is to empower people so that they can take charge of their own health by understanding the power of nutrition and food as medicine.
– Through a systems-based approach, Dr Fionnula McHale treats patients by assessing their lifestyle over a period of time, and getting to the root of the problem rather than prescribing a quick-fix. Could this be the future of our medical care?Being healthy in the 21st century is not just about avoiding disease. While we clearly don’t want to get sick, a healthy lifestyle also means the active pursuit of wellness. As defined by the World Health Organization, this is “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity”.
– A research team, including Daniel J. Kalish, founder of the Kalish Institute and Susanne M. Cutshall and Larry R. Bergstrom, currently practicing at Mayo Clinic, proudly release a study around functional medicine. The study shows a variety of stress, fatigue and quality of life measures can be improved through functional medicine, a growing field utilizing lab-based supplement programs, including lifestyle and nutritional counseling.
– Contemporary views of human disease are based on simple correlation between clinical syndromes and pathological analysis dating from the late 19th century. While this approach to disease diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment has served the medical establishment and society well for many years, it has serious shortcomings for the modern era of the genomic medicine that stem from its reliance on reductionist principles of experimentation and analysis. Quantitative, holistic systems biology applied to human disease offers a unique approach for diagnosing established disease, defining disease predilection, and developing individualized (personalized) treatment strategies that can take full advantage of modern molecular pathobiology and the comprehensive data sets that are rapidly becoming available for populations and individuals. In this way, systems pathobiology offers the promise of redefining our approach to disease and the field of medicine.
– Dr. Hyman said his patients range from world leaders to the urban poor. (He has worked to teach people in poverty how to cook healthful foods, most recently in North Carolina.) He said he has made house calls for only “the Clintons and the queen and king of Jordan.”