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.
Now you may be wondering what the fuss is about? Didn’t we already know this? The point is that yes, WE did. But the medical profession do not necessarily. So to have this recognition in a prestigious journal is a breath of fresh air.
Even they acknowledge that “Functional medicine looks at the body as a whole and focuses on the root causes of disease rather than an isolated set of symptoms. It’s based on the evidence that lifestyle factors – such as nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress levels, relationships and genetics – are major contributors to chronic disease.”
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