REAL HEALTH SECRETS
Functional, Restorative, and Longevity Medicine
Restorative, regenerative, or longevity medicine deals with restoring the body, mind, and spirit to youthful levels. Recovering and maintaining health and wellness can occur using holistic care, chiropractic care, predictive testing, functional medicine protocols, nutritional counseling, maintaining hormonal balance, and more. Health and vitality begin at the cellular level. If you can keep your cells healthy and hydrated, your organs, tissues, and entire body will remain healthy, as well. A comprehensive natural and conventional medical approach may be needed to maintain cellular level health.
A Wide Range of Knowledge and Focus
Conventional medicine is currently practiced by specialists who only focus on one organ, system, or disease of the body. However, specialists aren’t trained to view the body as a whole, so they may tend to ignore everything else but what they know well. In functional medicine, a practitioner is a generalist, meaning they have the knowledge and focus on a wide range of areas. Taking the whole body and all its organs and systems into account requires an extensive knowledge base. However, when a healthcare practitioner with a broad knowledge base works alone or in concert with other practitioners, confusion, over medication, and errors of omission can be avoided. It can be an ideal way to optimize health care.
Functional medicine is the dynamic new paradigm of seeking underlying causes of chronic disease, rather than only treating its symptoms. Practitioners use mostly natural interventions to help patients recover from and prevent chronic and degenerative diseases. This approach departs from disease-management and disease chasing through drugs, which only tend to mask, not cure, illness and disease symptoms. Functional and restorative medicine practitioners treat patients at the cellular level. They work on the premise that sick or dehydrated cells can lead to disease and illness, including problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Keeping the cell vibrant and healthy helps to avoid illness and achieve well-being.
This branch of medicine subscribes to a new 21st-century paradigm that moves away from the ”disease chasing” and treating symptoms way of thinking. It aims to rise above the conventional ”pill for the ill” treatment that currently defines the healthcare system and standard of care. Restorative medicine seeks to go deep and identify the root cause of illness and disease. Practitioners use more in-depth patient history and physical evaluation. They spend time listening to their patients. They also rely on predictive tests and evaluation tools that may impact a patient favorably, stopping, or even reversing, chronic or degenerative illness. Restorative medicine takes a further step by applying interventions that slow the aging process. Practitioners aim to help patients recover from their diseased states and minimize their reliance on conventional medicine, invasive surgical protocols, and side effect-laden pharmaceuticals. These practitioners aim to restore a high quality of life so that a person’s senior years are not spent dealing with the pain, debilitation, and frustration of chronic illness. They help to keep their patients out of the doctor’s office, hospital, assisted care facility, or nursing home.