When I tell people I’m a Functional Medicine doctor, they often ask me to explain what that is.
And though this happens a lot, I never get tired of telling people that the type of medicine I practice views the body as one unique integrated system, looking at the way all the systems work together instead of isolating single organs and dividing them up into medical specialties.
Functional Medicine seeks to identify the root cause of symptoms to correct imbalances and find long-lasting healing that supports the body, mind, and spirit as a whole and it’s completely personalized.
This is the future of medicine—available right now.
And while there are still skeptics who prefer the “name it, blame it, and tame it” version of medicine, many conventional doctors and facilities are getting on board with this movement.
If you missed my last podcast episode, I had an empowering talk with Dr. Toby Cosgrove, the former CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic, who still serves as Executive Advisor, working with leadership on strategies for national and international growth. I had the great pleasure of working under Dr. Cosgrove for several years after I joined the Clinic team.
It’s exciting to see Functional Medicine working its way into the mainstream; Dr. Cosgrove and I discuss the many ways this is happening. If the #2 hospital in America (Cleveland Clinic) can establish a Center for Functional Medicine on its state-of-the-art medical campus, it is easy to believe we’ll be seeing many other healthcare facilities do the same. Despite coming from a conventional medical background, Dr. Cosgrove shares his thoughts on why the systems-based approach of Functional Medicine is so important for changing the healthcare paradigm. He emphasizes the need for prevention and keeping people well in first place—putting people first —and we discuss how integrative measures allow us to successfully do just that.
We also dig into the collaboration between medicine and technology and what kinds of benefits we can expect to see. From artificial intelligence helping us analyze data to virtual reality that provides a completely new view of an internal organ, we are living in an exciting time full of innovations that can excel medical care to new heights.
I’m always proud to say I’m a Functional Medicine doctor. I’m also extremely proud to be the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine so that I can bring this type of care to more people and collaborate with a variety of other practitioners to reach our ultimate goal—helping people heal and live vibrant lives.
I hope you’ll check out my latest episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy to hear more from Dr. Toby Cosgrove on embracing Functional Medicine.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD