Functional Medicine approaches health using a systems-oriented focus to address the underlying causes of disease. Conventional Medicine uses a disease-centered focus, which often applies a focus on treating symptoms, whereas functional medicine is most concerned with alleviating symptoms while investigating for the root cause. Functional Medicine views the body as one integrated system and treats the whole system holistically. Functional Medical Doctors use a patient-centred approach by spending time with their patients, and observing for interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can impact long-term health.
Functional Medicine Doctors must have a medical degree and have specialized training in the field of Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine providers must complete a case report and written examination to obtain their certification in Functional Medicine as well as complete board certification to achieve and maintain their medical licensure. The intensive curriculum in Functional Medicine enhances the skills of Medical Doctors in the prevention, diagnosis and management of complex chronic diseases.
Medical Doctors are registered with the Ontario Medical Association and regulated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario . The Functional Medicine Doctor at CCH is also certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine .
Every patient is unique and requires an individual focus when managing chronic problems. This investigative style in diagnosing illnesses helps to create awareness for both physician and patient. The foods we consume and the behaviours we practice can cause an imbalance in the body and manifest in chronic conditions.
- Chronic fatigue
- Adrenal fatigue
- Autoimmune diseases
- Menopause, perimenopause
- Digestive conditions
- Accelerated aging
- Chronic pain
- Low energy/mood
At CCH, our Functional Medicine Doctor works closely with other members of the team to deliver collaborative care. The model of care may include Naturopathic Medicine for comprehensive support related to holistic management of chronic health concerns, Intravenous Vitamin Therapy for high-dose nutrient and antioxidant support, Nutrition Services for nutritional counseling and meal planning, Chiropractic Medicine for advanced neuro-musculoskeletal and chronic pain support, and Psychotherapy for specific strategies related to mental-emotional well-being.
Medical Doctors are regulated health professionals recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces. Through the use of the Functional Medical model, Medical Doctors can help patients restore balance to the body and therefore, their overall health.