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Functional Medicine: The Medicine of Why

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Imagine that you’re standing on a tack. How would you treat the pain? The obvious answer is that you’d take the tack out of your foot. You wouldn’t just keep taking aspirin until it felt better. But that’s exactly how most doctors treat illness!

If you have depression, you can take all the antidepressants you want, but if your sluggish thyroid isn’t treated or your vitamin B12 level isn’t restored to optimal, you won’t get FULLY healthy. Now imagine that you’re standing on two tacks. Removing one of them doesn’t make you 50 percent better.

You have to find and remove ALL of the tacks if you want to feel better. So that means that if you’re depressed, you could have low thyroid, a B12 deficiency, and three other reasons for depression — and they all need to be addressed. Plus, just one CAUSE can create 10 or more different diseases.

This is the core principle behind functional medicine: treat the root causes of illness rather than their superficial symptoms.

In this video I explain the fundamental scientific underpinnings of functional medicine, which is a personalized system of medicine that focuses on the “why” – we find out why you are sick rather than just naming the disease. I explain what functional medicine is, how it works, and how you can apply it to a wide variety of chronic illnesses including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, mood disorders, and more. I hope you enjoy it!

About the Author

Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, an eight-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, on the advisory board for The Doctor Oz Show, and a regular medical contributor on Katie Couric’s TV show, Katie.

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