Step Into the Matrix: Why Functional Medicine? - Part 1

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted April 19, 2022

Dear Longevity Insider,

The world offers many paths in the health and wellness space. So how do you choose which path is best for you? In recent years, a new branch of medicine has been gaining popularity: functional medicine. This week, let's explore what functional medicine is and why it's become so popular.

Functional medicine is a branch of medical science that looks at the root cause of disease. It takes into account the whole person, their lifestyle, environment, and genetic background when diagnosing and treating illness. This approach to medicine is becoming more popular as people become more aware of the need to address the whole person, not just their symptoms. Functional medicine can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, both chronic and acute. Rather than focusing on treating individual symptoms, functional medicine practitioners work to identify and address the underlying root causes of disease.


Functional medicine is based on the principle that all systems in the body are connected and that imbalances in one system can lead to problems in other systems. For example, an imbalance in the gut microbiome (the community of bacteria that live in the gut) has been linked to a wide range of chronic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. If you experience childhood trauma, that can lead to imbalances in the brain that increase your risk for anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.

The Functional Medicine Matrix

Functional medicine practitioners use the Functional Medicine Matrix to guide their approach to care. The matrix is a tool that helps practitioners identify the underlying causes of disease and design individualized treatment plans.

The matrix includes six key areas:

  • Diet and nutrition.
  • Gut health.
  • Sleep.
  • Stress management.
  • Exercise.
  • Hormone health.

These six areas are interconnected, and imbalances in one area can lead to problems in another. For example, poor sleep can contribute to gut problems, and chronic stress can lead to hormone imbalances. By taking a comprehensive approach to care, functional medicine practitioners can help you restore balance in all areas of health.

What Does Functional Medicine Treat?

Functional medicine can be used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions, including:

  • Autoimmune diseases.
  • Digestive disorders.
  • Mood disorders.
  • Fatigue.
  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • Skin conditions.
  • Weight problems.

If you have any of these conditions, functional medicine may be right for you. The goal of treatment is to restore balance in the body and improve overall health, rather than simply treating individual symptoms. If you’re considering whether or not to see a functional medicine physician, on Thursday, I will share 10 reasons why it may be the right fit for you.

Meanwhile, here is the latest on what scientists say is the #1 root cause for many diseases and early aging.

To your longevity,

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Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

P.S. Are you sick of feeling tired, old, and fat? The reason you may be feeling this way is because your body is under attack by this #1 root cause for early aging.

P.P.S. Much of the cause of disease also has to do with our gut health and our eating habits. Check out my Longevity Insider YouTube video that reveals the most effective anti-aging diet.

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