The Functional Medicine Approach
Functional Medicine doctors promote health by concentrating on the fundamental underlying factors that cause health and disease. Biologic imbalances are assessed through careful and thorough history taking, physical examination, and laboratory studies.
Many things directly affect your health. These include the water you drink, the air you breathe, the food you eat, the toxins you are exposed to, and the degree of exercise. Psychological, emotional, spiritual, and social factors also affect your health. Your genetic makeup may make you more susceptible to some problems and less susceptible to others. The expression of your genes is affected by your environment, your diet, your emotional state, and even by the previous food and emotional states of your parents and grandparents. This is the new science of epigenetics.
By evaluating these underlying triggers of imbalances, the Functional Medicine doctor is able to elucidate how cellular processes are being affected. Dr. Sherris evaluates the imbalances. These include how the body eliminates toxins, how hormones are regulated, how the immune and inflammatory systems are functioning, how neurotransmitters are regulated, how digestion and absorption of nutrients are functioning, how the microbiome (the trillions of bacteria living in our gut) is functioning, the structural integrity of organs and cells, emotional balance, and whether energy production is optimal.