Functional medicine has hit the headlines! A recent article in the heralded Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) sceams “Study finds functional medicine model is associated with improvements in health-related QOL” (Quality of Life). The tag-line states that “Functional medicine addresses the root causes of chronic disease”.
The study compared clients being assisted under the functional health protocol with clients being assisted under the current medical profession protocol.
Researchers found that the functional medicine patients showed beneficial and sustainable improvements in their physical health. At 6 months, patients seen under the Functional Medicine protocol exhibited significantly larger improvements in physical health compared to those seen in the normal healthcare setting. Approximately 31% of patients seen by the Functional health practitioners improved their physical health scores by 5 points or more. This is a clinically meaningful change and a noticeable effect on daily life. Compare this to the 22% of primary care patients improved their scores by the same amount. Continue reading