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Functional Medicine

My passion for an emerging health care model based on systems medicine — functional medicine

Functional Medicine is a true combination of Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine and scientific research.

Remove anything that impedes the body from moving toward this optimal state of physiology.

Add what’s lacking in the body to nudge its physiology back to a state of optimal functioning.

It actually represents a return to the roots of modern scientific medicine, captured in this statement by Sir William Osler, one of the first professors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and later its Physician-in-Chief: “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”

Another important saying by Osler is “If you listen carefully to the patient, they will tell you the diagnosis.” This encapsulates the importance placed in Functional Medicine on taking a thorough history from the patient.

1) Functional Medicine views us all as being different; genetically and biochemically unique. This personalized health care treats the individual, not the disease. It supports the normal healing mechanisms of the body, naturally, rather than attacking disease directly.
2) Functional Medicine is deeply science based. The latest research shows us that what happens within us is connected in a complicated network or web of relationships. Understanding those relationships allows us to see deep into the functioning of the body.
3) Your body is intelligent and has the capacity for self-regulation, which expresses itself through a dynamic balance of all your body systems.
4) Your body has the ability to heal and prevent nearly all the diseases of aging.
5) Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality.

A patient-centered approach refers to health care that is respectful of and responsive to individual

patient preferences, needs, and values

http://iom.edu/Reports/2001/Crossing-the-Quality-Chasm-A-New-Health-System-for-the-21st-Century.aspx

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After two complicated back surgeries in the early seventies I continued to suffer excruciating lower back and sciatic pain. I sought out the finest doctors and rehab facilities. I was very fortunate to have access to some of the best treatment available. Nothing resolved my pain issues until I met Dr. Andre Panagos.  Dr. Panagos discovered the source of my pain when no one else could and treated it with an innovative technique several months ago. I am now pain free for the first time in more than thirty years. He is a compassionate, friendly and open minded physician dedicated to resolving the pain and suffering of his patients.
There are no words to describe my appreciation to this wonderful man and his extraordinary team.

Richard N

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