Have you been to physician after physician but still aren’t finding relief?
Maybe you’re tired of being prescribed pills without any understanding of what’s truly causing your symptoms?
Perhaps you overheard a friend raving about their functional medicine doctor and want to learn more?
Regardless of your journey, you may be wondering, “What is functional medicine, and how can it help me?”
At its core, functional medicine is patient-centered healthcare. It takes into account you, what you’re experiencing, and your unique medical history. The focus is finding and addressing the root causes of your symptoms and healing them so you can find long-lasting relief.
Remember the last time you saw a specialist for your symptoms? Your physician may have ordered bloodwork to investigate further… But when they saw that your levels were within “normal range,” what happened? They may have told you that you’re fine and sent you on your (not-so-merry) way. Or maybe they gave you another prescription or two to help alleviate your symptoms.
That doesn’t mean your doctor doesn’t care about you. They just have different tools in their toolbox. Many are trained to specialize on a specific organ or body system – not in looking at the whole body and how it’s all interconnected.
This is where functional medicine is different.
Functional medicine doctors will treat “the whole you.” When compared to conventional medicine, functional medicine:
So, what all can functional medicine doctors treat?
Dr. Borenstein is a functional medicine expert with over 20+ years of experience. During this time, he’s noticed how society started experiencing a significant spike in complex, chronic conditions.
Sometimes these conditions have multiple causes. For example, depression is a condition that may be caused by low thyroid, vitamin D deficiencies, or pre-diabetes – all different causes contributing to the same condition.
Other times, the same cause can lead to multiple conditions. Take inflammation, for example. Inflammation can lead to health conditions like heart disease, arthritis, or diabetes.
The Institute for Functional Medicine summarizes this complexity nicely in saying, “One condition, many causes. One cause, many conditions.”
Dr. Borenstein uses this holistic functional medicine approach to treat a variety of conditions. Here are a few of the many conditions he treats:
Each of these conditions and their causes are complex. Because of this, you can’t have a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to your health. Dr. Borenstein understands that this cookie-cutter system won’t produce real results. This is why he built his career around functional medicine and is now a leading expert in the field.
So, what’s it really like to be treated by a functional medicine doctor?
It all starts with an initial consultation. During that meeting, Dr. Borenstein listens to you and gathers the important information related to your symptoms and medical history. He then takes this information, plus any additional testing that’s needed, and uses it to identify the root cause(s) of your illness.
But he doesn’t stop there. He pinpoints what’s triggering your symptoms, such as stress, allergens, genetics, gut health, and nutrition. All of this information is used to create your personalized treatment plan which factors in your unique health, habits, and lifestyle.
When it comes to treating the causes and conditions going on in your body, Dr. Borenstein has many tools in his functional medicine toolbox – ones that extend far beyond prescriptions or surgery. These functional medicine tools, or treatment plans, can include one or more of the following:
After creating your treatment plan, Dr. Borenstein will monitor your progress and make adjustments along the way.
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to convince your doctor that something isn’t right with your health. If you’re experiencing symptoms and you feel like you keep hitting a wall, it may be time to consider a different approach – a functional medicine approach.
We invite you to set up a consultation with a leading functional health doctor – Dr. Borenstein at Manhattan Integrative Medicine. Give our West Palm Beach, FL clinic a call at (561) 448-6650 or contact us here to book an appointment.
We look forward to helping you make real, lasting changes to your health!