“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – Constitution of the World Health Organization
Complex, chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, mental illness, chronic fatigue, cancer, and autoimmune disorders are on the rise in our society. Many of these diseases are unique of our time. Conventional medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care. Conventional pathology testing is designed to define the acute or end phase of an illness and falls short to recognise the long progression of functional deterioration before the final stage of disease formation. Furthermore, treatment modalities of conventional medicine aim at life saving and symptomatic relief in acute and emergency situations. In this area of acute care, conventional medicine has advanced considerably and provided hope for many of the heart attack patients, stroke sufferers and trauma victims.
Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
Furthermore, there is a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness. Functional and Nutritional Medicine’s aim is to evaluate, assess, and carefully enfold emerging research in a practical, efficient and safe manner.
Both the Functional and Nutritional Medicine approach is combined to give an integrative, science-based health care approach, where practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in patient’s history, physiology and life style that lead to body dysfunction and illness. Diagnoses are measured by both conventional laboratory testing and testing that is specifically designed to evaluate organic and cellular functions.
The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. A focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, exercise, botanical medicines, supplements, stress management strategies, combined with some conventional medical drugs where appropriate provide the best outcome for many patients. Working along with the body’s physiology and powerful healing ability instead of against them to restore organic and cellular function forms the basis of this unique approach.
We here at The Grove Health, understand and appreciate the complexity of chronic conditions therefore our approach is collaborative between all practitioners, welcoming a diversity of modalities and specialities. With ground breaking protocols, shared care ideals and inter-clinical mentoring, The Grove Health is a cornerstone of integrative practitioner networks providing a safe and supportive environment for all.
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