Functional Medicine versus Traditional Medicine

If you are a physician looking to advance your career in functional medicine, read on more here to learn about some of the differences (and similarities) between functional medicine versus traditional medicine.

If you are a physician looking to advance your career in functional medicine, read on more here to learn about some of the differences (and similarities) between functional medicine versus traditional medicine.

Functional Medicine

Traditional Medicine

  • Research-based
  • Takes into account newly released research
  • Regulated by what is in the best interest of patients
  • Focuses largely on diet/lifestyle/supplements using only drugs/surgery when absolutely necessary
  • Lab reference ranges are based upon optimum health
  • Runs obscure test looking for root cause of disease
  • No formal licensing body
  • Research-based
  • Takes into account research that has made its way into the CDC guidelines
  • Regulated by what insurance will cover
  • Focuses largely on drugs/surgery using diet/lifestyle/supplements only occasionally
  • Lab reference ranges are based upon disease
  • Runs tests looking for diagnosis of disease
  • Formal licensing body

One of the biggest concerns about functional medicine versus traditional medicine is that there is not a formal licensing body for functional medicine. This means that not all schools and education systems are the same.

This is one of the reasons why we offer a $1 first month trial to our functional medicine online school. We want our potential clients to have an opportunity to see our content and witness how incredible it is before they invest their time and money. To check that out go 
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Because functional medicine colors outside the lines of traditional insurance practices, those who practice it get to order tests and make recommendations based on what is in the highest interest of the patient’s needs, not based upon what insurance companies mandate. This gives the physician the ability to really integrate the most up-to-date research from both a treatment and a testing perspective.

Ever seen anyone with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (all which are thought to be irreversible) get better? With functional medicine, we see changes like this every single day in our clients. When the seemingly impossible chronic disease reverses, it not only leaves patients feeling happy and successful, but it leaves clinicians feeling a renewed sense of purpose for why they even got into medicine to begin with.

Functional medicine is not for everyone. Functional medicine is also not a replacement for traditional medicine. Drugs and surgery both have their amazing place and save lives every day. That being said, reversing illness and avoiding drugs/surgery is also possible for many individuals.  If you are practicing traditional medicine, you do not have to give this up to practice functional medicine. Learning functional medicine can be an additional tool in your toolbox.

To learn more about functional medicine training with us and to start for only $1, go
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