I'm often asked the difference between functional and mainstream/conventional medicine. I can repeat the typical definition of functional medicine (find the root cause, systems-based, etc), but I don't think this really gets the point across. Instead, I like to look at it from 3 different perspectives or mindsets. These are generalized, maybe stereotypical, but I think it applies to the majority:
- Patient: What type of person will benefit most from functional/integrative medicine
- System: Strengths and stereotypes of each approach
- Provider: There are always exceptions, but highlighting the "typical" conventional provider versus the "optimal" functional medicine provider
For another comparison of functional/integrative medicine versus conventional medicine, check out this article.
As always, wishing everyone the best in health, happiness, and a life at ease!