A New Way to practice Medicine
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. We spend time with our 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.
Functional Medicine offers a powerful new clinical model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease:
- It incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.
- Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalised medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.
Get the Care You Deserve
A major premise of Functional Medicine is that, using science, clinical wisdom, and innovative tools, we can identify many of the underlying causes of chronic disease. Our aim is to intervene early to stop and potentially reverse the dysfunctions, ideally before frank disease is present.
Information: The primary driver of chronic disease is the interaction among genes, activities of daily living (lifestyle), and the environment.
The Functional Medicine provider seeks to identify predisposing factors, triggers, and events that turn health to illness. This process is deeply affected by genomic predispositions, dietary patterns, nutritional influences, and foundational lifestyle behaviours. By changing the disease-centred focus of medical practice to a patient-centred approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
We have a strong interest in functional medicine. If you want to find out more, please book a routine appointment with Dr Frey who can - after taking a thorough medical history - advise you on any useful tests.