Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, and unites both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is a patient-centered evolution that addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. 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 and promotes wellness by focusing on the  underlying factors that influence every patient’s experience of health and disease.
If you are interested in locating a provider near you who can offer you a Functional Medicine perspective, please follow this link to www.functionalmedicine.org. They are very helpful and will be happy to help you out.

Dette Avalon ANP

Dette Avalon ANPMeet Dette Avalon ANP
Dette Avalon is a Family Nurse practitioner and is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She brings over 15 years experience in Complementary and Alternative Medicine to her practice. She specializes in Integrative and Functional Medicine, which drives her analysis and treatment of health concerns by getting to the root cause of health issues, rather than simply diagnosing and prescribing. She integrates the best of conventional medicine with the latest research and most effective alternative care modalities. Her practice includes patients of all ages and expertise in sleuthing out root causes, preventive cardiac care, bio-identical hormones, allergies, digestive problems and conditions that have been unresponsive to conventional care.

She is a Functional Medicine practitioner who 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 activity, and toxic exposures or traumas you have experienced all affect your health.
  • Mind-body connections – Psychological, spiritual, and social factors all can have a profound influence on your health. Considering these areas helps the Functional Medicine practitioner 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 these underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction, the Dette understands how key biological processes that keep you alive are affected. 
Functional Medicine is a Comprehensive Approach to Treatment.
Beyond this, prevention is paramount. Virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in functionality that can be identified and effectively managed. Changing how the systems function can have a major impact on the patient’s health. Functional medicine expands the clinician’s tool kit. Treatments may include combinations of drugs, botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, therapeutic diets, or detoxification programs. They may also include counseling on lifestyle, exercise, or stress-management techniques.

THRIVE Integrated Health

Dr. Lari YoungMeet Dr. Lari Young of THRIVE Integrated Health located in Winston-Salem, N.C.
At THRIVE Integrated Health, Dr. Young and her team are taking a different approach to wellness and healing. They use both standard and alternative medicine to address the root cause of health problems rather than the symptoms.They use proven and science-based therapies to deliver holistic healing for the whole person – body, mind and spirit.
Conventional medicine has started to look a lot like firefighting – put out the biggest fire first, and deal with the damage later. THRIVE Integrated Health looks at a patient's  patient’s background, lifestyle, environment and habits to optimize wellness to not only cure the condition, but to restore wellness.
Functional medicine focuses heavily on nutrition and body-mind centered treatments rather than prescription pad therapy. Some of our patients use functional medicine exclusively on their path to wellness; others use it in conjunction with conventional medicine therapies. Beyond that, they deliver the confidence and tools patients need to maintain their own resilience and vitality. 

Functional Perspective Beyond Paleo 

Nora T. Gedgaudas Primal Mind - Primal Body by Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT.

Nora Gedgaudas is a widely recognized expert on what is popularly referred to as the “Paleo diet”. She is the author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and A Longer Life. She is also the author of the best selling ebook: Rethinking Fatigue: What Your Adrenals Are Really Telling You and What You Can Do About It.

Nora is an experienced nutritional consultant, speaker and educator, widely interviewed on national and international radio, popular podcasts, online summits, television and film.



Ways to Create a Functional Environment

Environmental Working Group (EWG) mission is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. The EWG is a non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles. In 2002, the Environmental Working Group established the EWG Action Fund, an organization that advocates on Capitol Hill in order to protect the most vulnerable of our human population from the ever mounting array of toxic contaminants found in our environment that are known threats to our overall health and well being.

The EWG group effectively uses evidence based research to provide practical information that can be used to protect our family, our communities and our natural resources with policies that support conservation and sustainable growth development. Learn more about EWG.

Health & Wellness Organizations

The Weston Price Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants. For more information: www.westonaprice.org.

AutismOne is a nonprofit, parent-driven organization that provides education and supports advocacy efforts for children and families touched by an autism diagnosis. For more information: www.autismone.org.

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