Jun 30 2019

Ahead of the Curve with Body Biotics

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Understanding Functional Medicine
Because you take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia, you already are ahead of the curve.

Functional Medicine is still a relatively foreign concept to many people. Of course it really isn’t new, as this line of thinking dates back to Hippocrates. But years of science, technology and a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry has steered medicine down a different course to what we know today. Conventional medicine, is the standard model of care in our country and in many ways, it is working great. (1,2)*

In Conventional Medicine, when we get sick or have an ailment, there is a common course of action. We visit our general practitioner who then refers us to a specialist who puts us on a corresponding drug and treatment plan to match the disease. For many of the common ailments afflicting people in our country, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the treatment plan is pretty standard and generally everyone follows more or less the same plan.(1,2)*

In cases of trauma, an emergency, infection, and acute disease, Conventional Medicine works miracles. But where it isn’t really working as it should is for the millions of Americans afflicted with chronic diseases. This has become a huge problem because chronic disease, to include diabetes, Alzheimer’s and coronary disease, is one of the biggest killers in our country. “…Six in 10 U.S. adults have a chronic disease, while four in 10 suffer with two or more chronic conditions…” Rather than addressing the core of the person’s health and asking why does this person have this condition or how did they get here, we have a country of people taking prescriptions and over the counter drugs that mask or treat their symptoms. “…Research suggests that more than half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, with some estimates as high as 70 percent; many in this group regularly take between two and four medications…”  (1,2,3,4)**

With Functional Medicine, instead of just matching a drug with a disease, doctors asks the vital questions such as”… ““Why do you have this problem in the first place?” “Why has function been lost?” and “What can we do to restore function?” …”  This can mean dietary changes, exercising and working as a partner with your health care practitioner to create a health plan individualized for your needs, genetics and chemistry. It is about making behavioral changes so that we live not only a healthy life, but a life full of vitality. According to Dr. Herbst, with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine,  “Functional Medicine is not a quick fix. It’s a process. It takes work and an active patient, or it won’t be successful.(1,2)*

It is more cost effective to stay healthy then to pay for doctor visits and prescriptions after you are ill. When people stay sick, you have to ask, who is benefiting from this? (Think pharmaceutical companies). Instead of masking or managing symptoms  after we get sick with prescription drugs that lead to other problems, it is about living a healthy life so that you don’t get sick in the first place and avoid medications as much as possible.”(1,2)*

Functional medicine looks at health from the following perspective:

We are all unique:

Functional medicine looks at each human as unique and tailors health care for each person’s genetics and biochemical make up. It treats the individual, rather than the disease. Rather than addressing the disease directly, “…it supports the normal healing mechanisms of the body…” (1,2)*

It is based in Science What happens inside our bodies is the result of a complex network of interconnected systems. By understanding how these relationships work, we can understand the deep functioning of the body. (1,2)*

Body’s have the ability to self regulate. When our bodies are in balance, they can heal and self regulate. (1,2)*

Our bodies can heal and prevent nearly all the diseases related to aging. Being healthy doesn’t just mean being absent of disease, but also enjoying a state of energetic vitality. By taking the right approach to your health throughout your life, you can avoid many of the age related illnesses so many experience. (1,2)*

Taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, and following the guidelines we set forth in these blogs is one way that we all are addressing our core health and staying on the side of health and wellness, which is really what functional medicine is about. There is a time and place for Conventional Medicine and Functional Medicine. Understanding the premises for both will help you decide which path you would most like to follow. 2*

Healthiest wishes and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

  1. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6014/The-5-Principles-of-Functional-Medicine.html
  2. https://chriskresser.com/what-is-functional-medicine/
  3. https://www.consumerreports.org/media-room/press-releases/2017/08/consumer_reports_examines_do_americans_take_too_many_prescription_medications/
  4. https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/nearly-7-in-10-americans-take-prescription-drugs-mayo-clinic-olmsted-medical-center-find/
  5. https://thedo.osteopathic.org/2018/11/just-what-is-functional-medicine-and-why-do-some-dos-gravitate-to-it/

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