Here’s a list of questions we’re frequently asked about functional medicine in general, as well as our training programmes.
Don’t forget that enrollment for the 2015 Hompes Method Functional Medicine training programme is now open. You can learn exactly what you get, and how it will benefit you by CLICKING HERE.
What is Functional Medicine?
Have you ever wondered why a “tummy bug” like H. pylori can make a person feel tired, grumpy, affect their sleep, or even cause skin problems?
Have you ever been frustrated at not being able to truly help your clients and patients uncover the reasons they’re feeling unwell?
Would you like the tools to not only understand the connections between different body systems, but to actively help your clients and patients figure out why these systems are out of balance in their body?
And would you love to be able to design clinically proven protocols to help your clients rejuvenate their health and vitality faster, whilst earning handsome rewards and endless referrals in so doing?
If so, you will be interested in learning about the principles of Hompes Method and functional medicine.
Functional medicine is an emerging discipline in which the principles of conventional western medicine are fused with those of natural or alternative medicine to deliver the best possible healing outcome.
Functional medicine is based on six key principles:
- First do no harm
- The healing power of nature
- Identify and treat the cause of the problem
- Heal the whole person, don’t treat the symptom
- The physician or practitioners as a teacher, not a preacher
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
What’s the difference between functional & conventional medicine?
The table below summarizes the differences between functional and conventional medicine.
|Functional Medicine is…||Conventional Medicine is…|
|Investigative. It treats symptoms by addressing underlying cause of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer lasting results.||Superficial. Masks or suppresses symptoms, but does not address underlying cause, which creates “patients for life”.|
|Holistic. Treats the body as an interconnected whole, and recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease.||Dualistic. Views the body as a collection of separate parts, each of which has its own doctor (i.e. cardiologist, podiatrist, etc.)|
|Safe. Treatments have mild or no side effects, and other unrelated complaints often improve spontaneously.||Dangerous. Treatments often have serious side effects and complications, including death.|
|Patient-centered. Treats the patient, not the disease. Treatments are highly individualized based on patient needs.||Disease-centered. Treats the disease, not the patient. Patients with the same disease get the same treatment, regardless of their differences.|
|Participatory. Patient is respected, empowered, educated and encouraged to play active role in healing process.||Autocratic. Patient’s opinion is often discounted or ignored, little time is spent on education, and patient may be discouraged from playing active role.|
|Integrative. Combines the best of both modern and traditional medicines and emphasizes importance of diet and lifestyle.||Limited. Relies almost exclusively on drugs and surgery, in spite of their risks and complications.|
|Restorative. Tests and treatments designed to promote optimal function, prevent and reverse disease, and improve quality of life.||Palliative. Tests and treatments designed to prevent death and manage serious disease, without dealing with the underlying cause.|
|Preventative. Guided by the ancient Chinese saying, “The superb physician treats disease before it occurs.”||Reactive. Focused on managing disease after it has already reached an irreversible state.|
|Evidence-based. Based on the latest research from peer-reviewed medical journals, and uncorrupted by corporate and political interests.||Profit-driven. Based on outdated research and heavily influenced by profit-driven pharmaceutical and insurance companies.|
What conditions functional medicine help?
In conventional medicine, the body is compartmentalised – there’s a doctor for every part, but there isn’t really a mechanic who knows how it all fits together:
- Dermatologists for your skin
- Cardiologists for the heart
- Gastroenterologists for your digestive system
- Neurologists for the brain and nervous system
- Gynaecologist for your female reproductive system
- Endocrinologist for your hormones
- Urologist for your kidneys, bladder and urinary tract
In functional medicine, we view the body as an interconnected whole and that in order to correct a symptom in one part of your body, we may need to focus on balancing a seemingly unrelated part, such fixing your digestion to resolve a skin problem.
This is why Hompes Method functional medicine practitioners are able to assist such a wide variety of health challenges, including:
- Digestive problems
- Sex and reproductive challenges
- Energy problems
- Aches and pains in the body
- Imbalanced moods
- Sleep problems
- Symptoms involving skin, hair and nails
- Weight management issues
How does functional medicine help?
Functional medicine practitioners consider themselves to be “health detectives”. We focus on identifying and addressing the underlying cause of a particular symptom or condition, then fixing it.
The usual reasons for symptoms, illness, dis-ease, or whatever term we use tend to be a combination of the following:
- An unmet special need to be rid of something (people have too much bad stuff in their body):
- Damaging foods, parasites, bacterial or fungal overgrowth, toxins, radiation, stress.
- Folk have an unmet special need for something (they don’t have enough good stuff in the body):
- Nutrients, hormones, friendly bacteria, movement, rest, rhythm, sunlight, love
Health rejuvenation can only happen if we find out what bad stuff needs to be avoided or gotten rid of and what good stuff needs to put back.
We use a variety of tools in our detective investigations, including modern laboratory techniques (hair, blood, urine, stool and saliva testing), food diaries, simple home measurements, questionnaires and a medical history.
We then use nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, supplements, stress management techniques, exercise/movement, and detoxification to rejuvenate weakened body systems.
Deep healing and lasting health are only possible when the root cause is addressed.
It’s our belief that many chronic illnesses may be prevented or even reversed by understanding core body systems, how they are affect each other, and how their function can be restored.
Body systems are intimately connected. This is why bad bugs like Helicobacter. Pylori, Giardia, Blastocystis, Clostridium difficile and others that live in the digestive system can cause problems elsewhere. For example, in the medical literature, H. pylori alone has been linked to the following conditions:
- Depression and anxiety
- General malaise
- High blood pressure
- Insulin resistance
- Heart disease
- Neurological conditions
- Thyroid disorders
- Reactive arthritis
- Chronic ITP
- Increased morning sickness in pregnancy
This list is not exhaustive by any means, but why and how could, say an H. pylori infection cause these symptoms. Well, H. pylori has been shown to:
- Reduce stomach acidity in some people
- Cause vitamin B12 and possibly folic acid deficiency
- Cause iron deficiency
- Reduce circulating vitamin C levels
A person with a B12 or iron deficiency might expect to experience some of the following symptoms and if the deficiencies are caused by H. pylori then we have to conclude that H. pylori is actually causing these symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Cold hands and feet
- Pale skin
- Sore tongue
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Bleeding gums
- Stomach upset and weight loss
- Diarrhoea or constipation
If a functional medicine practitioner sees these symptoms in a client, he or she immediately seeks to understand why the symptoms are occurring rather than trying to treat or suppress each symptom using pharmaceutical medications.
In our investigations we want to know:
- What folk are eating or not eating
- Is their digestive system able to absorb nutrients from food?
- Do they have bad bugs in the gut like H. pylori?
- How do their stomach acid and pancreatic enzyme levels look?
- Dothey have nutrient deficiencies in things like B vitamins, iron, magnesium and zinc?
- Is the thyroid functioning on all cylinders?
- Are their adrenal glands making enough hormones to run metabolism?
By correcting digestion, nutrient levels and hormones, a functional medicine practitioner can usually help his/her patients and clients feel like a new person within 3-6 months.
That’s the power of functional medicine: common sense, scientifically valid and clinically proven.
By considering clients and patients as whole, unique human beings, by helping them change their nutrition and lifestyle habits on a step-by-step basis, and by using cutting edge lab testing technology, proven supplement protocols and other health rejuvenation strategies, it’s harder not to get great results with clients and patients.
I hope this short summary of functional medicine helps you understand how we can train you to help an enormous number of people.
The Summer 2015 Hompes Method Functional Medicine Training programme commences on 28th July.
CLICK HERE for more details, or if you’d like to enroll.
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