A New Approach is Needed
There is growing recognition today that pharmaceutical drugs are simply not the solution for the hundreds of millions of people suffering from non-communicable chronic health conditions, including autoimmune diseases where the body’s innate immune system mistakenly attacks healthy organs and tissue.
Fortunately, based on the positive results of extensive medical research and scientific investigation, increasing numbers of doctors and healthcare providers are being trained in a new approach to addressing chronic illness. The field of study is referred to as “Functional Medicine” or “Personalized Healthcare”. In clinical practice, the therapeutic goal is to restore the “Functional Health” of people suffering from chronic conditions.
What is Functional Health?
To understand Functional Health, consider the diagram below and note the symptoms of illness listed around the branches of the tree and the possible causes of disease listed around the roots of the tree beneath the ground. When we observe browning leaves or dying branches on a tree, we know these are evidence of health-related problems. But we also recognized that painting the leaves green or trimming the dead wood are not the solution for restoring the tree’s health. We know to look deeper.
Similarly, in dealing with chronic illness, achieving Functional Health essentially involves shifting the practitioner’s focus from just looking at symptoms of disease and trying to suppress them with various medications and/or supplements. A broader patient-centered systems-oriented approach to restoring health is needed — an approach that considers the whole person and addresses the underlying or root causes of illness to allow the body to heal naturally.
A Timely Solution
This new approach to helping people suffering from chronic health conditions is being hailed by many leading practitioners as a radical evolution in the practice of conventional medicine — a paradigm shift that meets the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
Ironically, this growing focus on restoring Functional Health is actually fueling a
movement towards what has long been recognized as natural or biblical-based medicine.
Simply put, our bodies are designed by the Creator to be healthy. For this, all of our systems need to be operating in balance and harmony – everything needs to be functioning properly. However, things needed by the body to achieve balance and function at its best might be missing, or something might be standing in the way of optimal functioning.
Compare, Pastoral Medicine & Science
In this context, from a Pastoral Science & Medicine perspective, there is no need to diagnose and treat or attempt to identify and cure an illness or disease. And as noted clearly before, PMA licensed practitioners do not practice conventional medicine or prescribe medications.
In contrast, PMA practitioners focus on how the various systems in your body are functioning. In general, the practice involves recommending lifestyle adjustments and using entirely natural means appropriate to your particular situation to eliminate toxic burden, address nutritional deficiencies and correct imbalances that may be prohibiting optimal functioning. In these ways, your body can then just heal itself.
As such, the guidance you receive from PMA practitioners can be referred to generally as a functional approach for restoring vital health and well-being.
Is Functional Healthcare Right for You?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you under a lot of stress at work or at home?
- Do you often feel tired for no apparent reason?
- Due to family history, do you believe you’re at higher risk for illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer or arthritis?
- Is losing weight difficult, while gaining weight seems unavoidable?
- Do you often eat or crave foods like pasta, chips, and sweets?
- Do you have trouble remembering things or concentrating?
- Do you wake up tired and wishing you could go back to bed?
- Have you taken lab tests only to be told “Everything’s OK,” but you still feel lousy?
- Are you taking supplements, but feel they’re not working?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is likely your health can be substantially improved by making adjustments to your lifestyle choices.
Your body can repair itself if supplied with the right materials and environment, and provided you are willing to spend the time necessary to make the repairs. With the right road map, it is possible to get back on the path to vibrant health!
After all, doesn’t it make sense to regain your health and prevent future illness, instead of spending your time and hard-earned money struggling continuously to suppress symptoms of disease with expensive medications and supplements but without getting well?