What Is Functional Medicine
Have you ever gone to the doctor with symptoms that are affecting your everyday life? Your doctor does a series of lab tests and they all come back normal.
Have you ever had your doctor tell you that your symptoms are all in your head?
A lot of people have been told that their lab tests are normal only to find out later that they have a disease. Disease doesn’t come to our bodies overnight. Most doctors are only trained to address pathological findings on blood work. Functional medicine doctors address underlying issues before they become pathological. Functional medicine guidelines allows Dr. Cruz to examine markers that are present in blood work long before issues become pathological and pharmaceuticals are required.
Functional medicine allows patients the opportunity to address these issues without drugs or surgery by looking at the complete picture of patients overall health. For example; most doctors when ordering a thyroid panel will only check the TSH (the basic thyroid marker) looking for hypothyroidism. With functional medicine all 12 thyroid markers are checked for any underlying issues with the thyroid before they become pathological. This allows the patient to see any issues that are starting in the thyroid and address them naturally.
Once blood work is completed Dr. Cruz analyzes the information, if any potential issues are present then Dr. Cruz uses a non-pharmaceutical approach to work with you for restoration of your health. These may include:
- Better food choices
- Lifestyle changes
- Nutritional supplements or Botanicals
- Customized recommendations for each patient based on their testing
- Follow up testing and reports to support patient
Our office is dedicated to natural health care solutions for our patients. Functional medicine fits right into that mold. Most insurance companies don’t cover the extensive blood work required with functional medicine. Our office fees are affordable and includes ample time to review it and ask questions. We are dedicated to empowering our patients to live a long healthy life, enjoying life to the fullest.