Incorporating elements of lifestyle, functional, and conventional medicine for individualized, optimal health
We are one of the few platforms that recognize our silos in healthcare and the health and wellness industry need to join forces. We have no intention of arguing whose right is righter at The Point.
What we do intend to do is share with you all the ways one can find improved health and find a path that works for you. We talk about it all and believe it often takes a multidiscipline approach to achieve true health.
Traditional medicine, Functional medicine, Integrative medicine, Holistic medicine, Alternative medicine, and Lifestyle medicine all hold so much healing potential and power. It’s time to break down the silos, learn from one another, and be willing to talk about what’s right for you!
Conventional medicine is a disease-oriented and symptom based approach to care. Conventional medicine is excellent at addressing acute and urgent medical conditions like heart attacks/strokes, broken bones and ligaments, physical trauma and acute illness. Traditionally, a medical doctor prescribes medication to treat a chronic disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, elevated cholesterol, and thyroid dysfunction. The conventional health care model is not always equipped to deal with our global chronic disease epidemic. This can leave patients frustrated and our healthcare providers susceptible to personal and professional burn out and stress.
Functional medicine seeks to find the root cause of disease, with the objective of eliminating not only the symptom, but also the underlying problem. The approach is patient-centered and looks at the whole person instead of focusing on an isolated list of symptoms. Typically, a Functional medicine doctor will spend more time with patients as the provider takes a thorough history and pays special attention to genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that could be influencing health. The latest research shows that our bodies are a complicated network of systems that are far more intertwined than previously understood. Understanding these relationships on a very deep level allows a functional medicine doctor to see more clearly into the function or dysfunction of the body. This doctor/patient relationship takes time but can lead to solving the underlying problem in the body and not merely masking the current symptoms with medication.
According to the World Health Organization, by 2020, two-thirds of all disease worldwide will be the result of lifestyle choices. Lifestyle medicine is the therapeutic use of evidence-based lifestyle interventions to treat, prevent, and reverse lifestyle related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, and depression. The use of lifestyle medicine empowers the individuals with knowledge and life skills to make effective behavior changes that address the underlying cause of disease. The good news is that over 80% of chronic diseases can be prevented through lifestyle modifications by looking at factors such as nutrition, movement, stress management, and sleep. Lifestyle medicine reflects what scientific evidence has shown: good nutrition, movement, and mind-body health are powerful forms of medicine.