Functional Medicine


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The Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine believes that functional medicine is the bridge that will unite allopathic medicine (western medicine) and alternative and integrative medicine as we move into the future. Functional medicine looks at the symptom as a sentinel, telling the patient there is an imbalance in the body. This can then be investigated to see what organ system needs to be addressed to restore health to the body rather than simply treating the symptom.

Personalized Lifestyle Medicine: Relevance for Nutrition and Lifestyle Recommendations

Personalized lifestyle medicine is a newly developed term that refers to an approach to medicine in which an individual's health metrics from point-of-care diagnostics are used to develop lifestyle medicine-oriented therapeutic strategies for improving individual health outcomes in managing chronic disease.

This Is the Only Solution for Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

With the overuse of antibiotics, resistant forms of bacteria have developed. See how Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI) can be an answer.

How to Choose Your Doctor

There are several kinds of approaches to natural health. The doctors who have the best results are ones who understand why the condition developed and understand the intricate biochemical reactions to it.

Confronting Cancer as a Chronic Disease: Primary Care Takes a 360-degree View

The Institute for Functional Medicine is an organization doing ground breaking work to bring integrative medicine into the doctor's office. The 17th Symposium focused on Confronting Cancer as a Chronic Disease: Primary Care Takes a 360 degree View. If you are looking to address cancer with an attitude of prevention, healing and repair then functional medicine is the avenue to follow.

An Interview with Dr. Abram Hoffer

Abram Hoffer (November 11, 1917 - May 27, 2009), was a Canadian psychiatrist known for his work with nutrition, schizophrenia, and cancer. He is considered to be the father of Orthomolecular Medicine.

21st Century Medicine: A New Model for Medical Education and Practice

There are many complex problems that took many decades to create and that will require a long-term national effort and effective leadership in public policy to alter. In this article by Dr. David S. Jones, Laurie Hofmann, and Sheila Quinn, IFM recognizes – and emphasizes – that not only must we change healthcare and medical education (the primary focus of this paper), but over the next decades we must also change the practices and priorities of our political, social, and economic structures to achieve fundamental change in the public's health.

Summary of the Institute for Functional Medicine White Paper

In an effort to convey the intention of the lengthy white paper submitted by the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine (FAIM) has produced the following summary.