Board certified internist Michael Farzam, M.D. and his team at House Call Doctors are now offering functional medicine for interested patients. If you’re not familiar with this type of medicine, it is a more comprehensive approach that many patients swear by. It attempts to look at the entire patient as much as any particular health problem.
Why? While traditional medicine has made enormous strides over the last hundred years, more and more people are now seeing that the traditional approach has its limitations. Often, we may have symptoms with causes that are difficult to diagnose and which may be resistant to standard medications. In other cases, we may wish to simply maximize our wellness with a more holistic, complementary medical approach using as many tools as possible.
Functional medicine focuses less on attacking an illness and more on looking at the patient’s overall situation with the goal of identifying the actual cause or causes of a health issue. From nutritional and exercise habits to an individual’s home and work environment, a functional approach looks at all of the many factors that can lead to illnesses or suboptimal health. This approach covers a range of illnesses that impact our overall wellness over the short and long term. It is most commonly used for such chronic conditions as fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, diabetes, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), autoimmune disorders, and obesity.
How Functional Medicine Works
This kind of care uses many of the same tools as standard medical care, but it tracks them differently. While all doctors look at a patient’s medical history, functional medicine employs timelines which go all the way back to an individual’s birth and attempt to put all the facts into context. In this way, root causes that might not otherwise be apparent can come to light and can be directly addressed.
Functional medicine also takes a more complete account of how what we take into our body and live our lives impacts our overall health. Nutrition is obviously one very important aspect of that situation, and Dr. Farzam will often offer patients detailed advice or referrals to ensure that patients are consuming foods and beverages that will help them to become healthier and happier. Conversely, patients will also know what they should avoid taking into bodies as well. Specifically, patients who may have issues with smoking and junk food diets, as well as heavy drinking and substance abuse, can benefit from the comprehensive approach that functional medicine offers.
Finally, functional medicine is more inclusive when it comes to both cutting edge medical trends and time-tested alternative health care measures. The complementary approach, taking advantage of all types of proven techniques, is the rule in this type of medicine.
Functional Medicine that Comes to You
Dr. Michael Farzam and his team of medical professionals at House Call Doctor Los Angeles are here to offer you all the convenience and ease of an old-fashioned house call with all of the latest in medical technology. If you would like to learn more about functional medicine with Dr. Farzam, please call us at the phone number above, or reach out via our contact page.