WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?

Functional medicine is frequently referred to as 4-P healthcare; Personalized, Proactive, Preventative and Predictive. It is personalized lifestyle medicine for those committed to living a healthier lifestyle without pharmaceutical dependency.

Functional medicine is a speciality of health care practice that evolved from physician’s desire to offer their patients a more proactive form of health care than what is taught in U.S. medical schools. This is not to suggest that medical education in the U.S. is inferior. With the increase of poor lifestyle choices; the standard American diet, lack of physical activity, stress and toxic environmental exposures, chronic degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease and cognitive decline have dramatically increased. Unfortunately, current medical education has not adapted to these changes in public health. Seventy-one percent of U.S. medical schools offer less than 25 hours of nutrition education and 43% offer less than half of that.

The pharmaceutical industry became a critical link to the medical professions education beginning in the early 1950s. When this occurred, a shift in the doctor – patient relationship began to change as well. Gradually, as this one on one relationship eroded and treatment became focused on eradicating symptoms, little attention was directed to prevention. This approach to medical care combined with the insurance industry’s control of healthcare resulted in physician burnout. Disenchantment with the practices they were in, led to the grassroots evolution of functional medicine.

Physicians that are certified in functional medicine have committed to post graduate educational training that allows for greater doctor patient interaction. A functional medicine approach to health is a more favorable health care delivery system for the patient, the physician, the community and the world.

The most challenging part of a functional medicine practice is patient compliance. For today’s physician, it is much more time effective to prescribe a pill than teach a lifestyle change. This is especially true if the insurance industry reimburses the physician for an office visit that is properly coded and the drug that the doctor was taught to prescribed for that code. The insurance company is reluctant to pay the physician for the time to explain necessary lifestyle changes.

A certified functional medicine physician is trained and educated in recognizing the importance of the patients timeline of health from birth, in an effort to discover contributing factors leading to a decline in health. Only then can recommendations be offered to reverse chronic degenerative disease with consideration of lifestyle changes. Certified functional medicine physicians study lab results not only to see if those results fall within the “normal” value, but are educated to assist the patient to achieve optimal lab values. Values that suggest vibrant health.

Dr. Steven Rudack, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Las Vegas, NV

MISSION STATEMENT – LIFE ENHANCEMENT CENTER

In addition to discussing your past and present health and lifestyle history, we strive to help people learn about their biological health status. Our goal is not to turn patients into fitness/health fanatics, but rather to teach them to work a customized health program into their lifestyles, designed to optimize health and aging.

Your care at Total Wellness Life Enhancement Center will follow a holistic approach. An in-depth consultation will provide each patient’s background and further define the patient’s overall requirements and goals. A personalized multi-faceted plan of action for the patient is designed to correct hormonal, glandular, and chemical imbalances directing the patient towards the healthiest lifestyle possible.

Dr. S. Rudack, Chiropractor and Functional Medicine Specialists

Invest in Your Most Valuable
Asset—Your Health

When you visit our office, you can expect to spend much more time with Dr. Rudack than you would with a conventional provider. You can also expect to do a lot of talking, as a large part of Functional Medicine is exploring your detailed personal and family history, the circumstances around your first symptoms, and the experiences you may have had with other healthcare providers. At Total Body Wellness Life Enhancement Center we seek to uncover the underlying causes of your health problems through careful history taking, physical examination, and laboratory testing.

Working with a functional medicine practitioner

By investing this time and effort up front, many people find that working with an IFM-trained provider helps them get to the bottom of perplexing problems that have eluded other clinicians for years.

Dr. S. Rudack, Chiropractor and Functional Medicine Specialists

To help you find the best-fit provider, we have prepared some questions for you to ask prior to or during your first appointment. These questions are meant to help maximize the success of your Functional Medicine experience.

QUESTIONS FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS

Now, the hard-but-rewarding work begins. First, both you and the Functional Medicine practitioner agree to be equal partners in meeting your health goals. Both of you will then create a healthcare plan, set expectations, and learn which lifestyle modifications will help achieve your goals. Finally, it will be time to implement the plan in action, with regular check-ins and revisions where necessary.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING THE EMPOWERED PATIENT
Dr. S. Rudack, Chiropractor and Functional Medicine Specialists

FACTS ABOUT AMERICA’S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

  • Ranks as the 37th most effective healthcare system in the world! Behind Costa Rica, and ahead of Estonia.
  • The U.S. ranks 27th in infant mortality!

This system is not healthcare – it is sick care!

Much of the material in this package will emphasize the difference between healthcare and “sick care.”Our primary interest is to improve diet, digestion, and detoxification.In no way do we advocate the use of nutritional measures to replace proper medical procedures, but to simply reduce the need for them.

THE DOCTOR OF THE FUTURE WILL GIVE NO MEDICINE, BUT WILL INTEREST HIS PATIENTS IN THE CARE OF THE HUMAN FRAME, IN DIET, AND IN THE CAUSE AND PREVENTION OF DISEASE.

-Thomas Edison