Peachy the Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 85

HEALTH + WELLNESS diet and exercise to both treat and pre- vent chronic illnesses in their patients. Functional Medicine teaches individu- als how to eat, think and be healthy by engaging them in their own healthcare. This empowers patients to take an active role in their own healthcare and not simply be prescription fillers. This focus on care not only relieves symptoms, it also provides a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. Functional Medicine integrates the best of traditional Western medicine with some practices considered “alter- native” or “integrative.” Functional Medicine uses evidence-based research and the latest in laboratory testing and diagnostic techniques and medical therapies, as well as less traditional practices which may include botani- cals, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, and individu- alized exercise and stress-reduction programs to achieve optimal health. We are at a crossroads in the practice of medicine. We must stop treating the effects of disease and start treating the causes of disease. We need to move to a preventative model that aims to get to the root cause of disease. New medical practices must be designed as environ- ments that give patients the tools they need to become disease-free and get on the path towards optimal health. Health clinics of the future must combine the best of Traditional Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine all under one roof. The certified physicians and staff will provide the tools individuals need to live healthy and vibrant lives. Workshops and group classes educate and motivate patients in a supportive and healing environment. Teaching kitchens might offer healthy cooking classes that are nutritionally and medically themed. Mind/body/spirit programs help to personalize exercise and self-care tools of stress reduction and meditation to help individuals restore balance and health. Patients must play an active role in designing and implementing such practices and ultimately become pillars of health in their own lives and in the lives of our community. n Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. MARIA ROBINSON FALL 2017 83