Step Into the Matrix: Why Functional Medicine? - Part 2

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted April 21, 2022

Dear Longevity Insider,

Beautiful skin, all-day-long energy, and razor-sharp memory... Who wouldn't want this? The problem is, far too often we waste time on addressing mere symptoms. The key to longevity includes root problem solving. That's where functional medicine comes in. Functional medicine looks at the big picture instead zeroing in on one specific detail.

If you're on the fence with finding a functional medicine practitioner... pay close attention.

Here are 8 reasons that you should get one:

Reason #1: You want longer appointments. Functional medicine appointments are usually longer than traditional doctor’s appointments. This allows your practitioner to get to know you and your health history in depth, and it gives you ample time to ask questions and discuss your concerns.

Reason #2: You want personalized care. Functional medicine practitioners take a personalized approach to care. They will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and health goals. There is not a one-size-fit-all approach in functional medicine. In fact, each treatment plan is unique, just like each individual.

Reason #3: You want a partner in health. Functional medicine practitioners view their patients as partners in care. If you’re looking for a collaborative relationship with your physician, functional medicine may be right for you.

Reason #4: You are willing to do the homework at home. Functional medicine is not a quick fix, and it requires commitment and effort on your part. If you’re willing to make lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthier diet or exercising more, functional medicine may be right for you. Some modalities take time to show results as well. So, it’s important to be patient and understand that this is a journey, not a sprint.

Reason #5: You suffer from auto-immune conditions. Functional medicine is an excellent choice for those who suffer from auto-immune conditions. If you have an auto-immune disease, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis, functional medicine may be right for you. These conditions are often caused by inflammation, and functional medicine practitioners are experts in managing inflammation.

Reason #6: You understand it is an investment. Functional medicine focuses on prevention, so tests are often used to identify imbalances before they become disease. Functional medicine practitioners often use advanced testing, such as food sensitivity testing or hormone testing, to help identify the root cause of symptoms. This may mean that you may have to pay for some tests out of pocket as insurance does not cover the advanced testing, longer appointments, and therapies used in functional medicine. In fact, most providers are cash based, meaning they do not accept insurance. However, many insurance companies are starting to cover functional medicine testing. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, consider seeing a provider who can provide a super bill, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. 

Reason #7: You want your concerns heard. Have you ever been to the doctor with concerns and your labs are "in range"? You leave with a clean bill of health, but you're still not feeling great. In functional medicine, we understand that your concerns and symptoms are just as important as what shows up on a lab test. We take the time to listen to your story and connect the dots to find the root cause of your symptoms. 

Reason #8: You want to age well. As we age, it’s important to maintain our health so that we can enjoy our later years. If you’re interested in aging well, functional medicine may be right for you. Functional medicine practitioners focus on preventive care, so they can help you avoid diseases that commonly occur as we age. 

We are seeing people not just taking control of their own health and wellness, but we are also seeing the medical community taking a more personal approach to how they interact with patients. People are starting to realize that the only way for us all to be healthy is for everyone in our society to take responsibility for their own health and wellness by eating right, exercising, and doing the things that help us maintain good health. 

There is one commonality that all of us have, though.  And it's happening in your body right now as your read this.

To your longevity,

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

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