Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is a term that is popping up more and more. It is a new name for an old medical philosophy, that of Naturopathic Medicine. This new definition is coming from medical doctors in the States. In Canada, Functional Medicine doctors have been and are, Naturopathic Doctors.

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From the OAND (Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors)

By looking at the root cause of illness rather than just symptoms and promoting health and healing through natural therapies, naturopathic medicine is a successful non-invasive way to prevent acute and chronic illness as well as reduce reliance upon prescription medications (and all of their side effects). Think of it as your gateway to optimal health. From diet and exercise, to understanding your body’s unique chemistry, naturopathic medicine allows you to boost your immune system, prevent and treat both acute and chronic diseases and increase your energy level.


From the website of the Institute of Functional Medicine:

Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

"For those of you that are in search of a doctor that has been practicing in this functional medicine way for the past decade, I welcome you.  In my practice I offer cutting edge diagnostic testing  (genetics, biochemistry and hormones ) combined with my clinician skills in helping you determine why you are not well; based on your biochemistry, based on how your body is currently functioning.  I then work with you to create a unique health plan using natural remedies and dietary and lifestyle counselling ."
-Dr.Vivienne Guy, ND


From the CAND (Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors)

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.





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