What is Functional Medicine

Functional medicine practitioners spend the time digging deep to find the cause of your symptoms and not just suppress them. We look at all aspects of your life including, eating patterns, sleep, bowel movements, stress, job, medications, supplements, physical activity, joy or lack of, etc. All of these aspects of one’s life influences your health in a significant way. Functional medicine dietitians address the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. When was the last time your doctor asked you, what brings you joy?

Our current healthcare system is designed to suppress symptoms rather than finding and fixing the cause of the symptom. This is the main reason our healthcare system is broken. This is the main reason why you have not experienced any relief from your condition despite seeing many specialists and doing all kinds of testing and medications.

Gut Health

90% of all chronic disease begins in the gut. This is not new information. This has been documented for thousands of years. Unfortunately, this has not been the focus in our healthcare system. Inflammation in the gut is the root cause of most chronic diseases. Functional medicine practitioners understand this, which is why we are so successful in reversing and preventing chronic disease.

Importance of Diet

Our diet plays a leading role in the health of our gut. Everything we eat or drink affects our gut health and our gut microbiome. The food we eat can be the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. This is why diet and nutrition is a main focus of functional medicine practitioners.

Functional medicine practitioners also focus on avoiding disease. So while we work to reverse the issues, we also educate our patients on the steps to take to prevent further suffering, something western medicine fails to do.

Karen Graham, RDN is a Scottsdale, AZ based functional medicine dietitian. She is a microbiome expert in how it relates to diet and chronic disease. Karen has been in private practice for 11 years. Learn more by attending our New Patient Workshop. These monthly workshops focus on bringing you up-to-date on the latest information regarding your health and how the gut microbiome plays a significant role. We are in the era of the gut microbiome and the information is changing at a rapid rate so the workshops are also updated on a monthly basis.