The “Functional Medicine” model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness.
Functional medicine entails obtaining a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors to create personalized treatment plans for each individual patient.
By addressing the root cause of disease, rather than symptoms, we can identify the best and most effective treatment. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, our Functional Medicine practitioners target to treat the specific manifestations of an individuals’ condition.
By offering Functional Medicine practices in collaboration with other services, the Spine & Health Center of New Jersey offers truly full-body care, designed to help patients get better faster and stay better longer.
Functional medicine looks at every factor that plays into your overall health. Through a thorough questionnaire and bloodwork, our functional medicine specialist analyzes each unique factor which affects your health, which includes your:
In conventional or allopathic medicine, there is a specialist for every part of your body (ex. neurologists, gastroenterologists, cardiologist, etc.). This compartmentalization of body systems results in a more disjointed approach to addressing disease, with one doctor focusing on solely one body system and not addressing the patient in a holistic manner.
This results in losing sight of the body as an interconnected whole as well as a failure to understand how different imbalances in different systems can all be related to one or more underlying causes.
Functional Medicine provides individualized, personalized medical care that focuses on discovering the underlying factors that cause symptoms and affect your health. As a functional medicine practitioner, we understand that you must treat the body as an integrated whole in order to treat the specific disease or imbalance — we look to understand the root cause of disease and then treat the cause in order to remove the symptoms, not just alleviate them.
Source: Dr. Anita Sadaty
Our functional medicine program begins with an in-detail online questionnaire where you will be asked to answer information about a wide variety of different aspects regarding your health, lifestyle, environment, and more so that Dr. Kelly Blundy can get a comprehensive understanding of your overall health. Dr. Kelly will then order a comprehensive blood test. Based on this information, you will be given instructions on the best possible diet and lifestyle, tips and tricks to achieve optimal health, as well as a meal plan designed just for you.
Dr. Kelly Blundy Introduces Functional Medicine