Dr. Teresa Cardwell is a practitioner of Functional Medicine and is now seeing patients at Care Wellness Center.
Functional Medicine, in its essence, is a personalized solution to healthcare. A refreshing new approach designed to deal with the health challenges of our day by identifying and addressing the root cause of illness.
Your first experience starts with an in depth analysis of your health history, an assessment of your present issues and a discussion of individual objectives pertaining to your healthcare goals. From there, specialized lab tests are arranged and conducted to completely measure function, as opposed to merely identifying disease.
Once all this information is collected and interpreted, an individualized and holistic therapy program is made to fix the origin, or true cause of the disease identified, as opposed to a reactive series of solutions (usually involving pharmaceutical drugs) to merely mask symptoms.
Functional Medicine is a very different healthcare model than what you are probably used to. It has been developed and refined over the years to effectively tackle the underlying causes of chronic illness and poor health, utilizing a systems-oriented strategy.
By changing the classic or standard disease-centered medical health model to a client-centered strategy, the individually tailored protocols used in Functional Medicine target the true origin of the issue, rather than an isolated group of symptoms.
Functional Medicine concentrates on enhancing function as opposed to managing dysfunction, and this makes it the perfect option for anyone looking to regain vitality and total health.
Mark Hyman MD, the Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, believes shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
noun: functional medicine; plural noun: functional medicines
medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine.
“you don’t have to have a disease to benefit from functional medicine”
Practitioners of Functional Medicine, like our own Dr. Teresa Cardwell, sit and truly listen with their patients, understanding their histories and concerns, while examining the myriad interactions of genetics, environmental, and lifestyle that can impact a person’s health and contribute to chronic illness. This is how functional medicine manifests hope, optimizes health and unlocks vitality for each individual.
It is truly an amazing and long overdue approach to healthcare.
How is Functional Medicine Different than Conventional Medicine?
One of the most unique characteristics of root cause Functional Medicine is its conviction on the importance of laboratory findings. Laboratory testing is administered and thoroughly analyzed to pinpoint functional markers, your biochemical blueprint, in the many systems of your body.
What Conditions does Functional Medicine Treat?
Think of Functional Medicine as the pinnacle of personalized care. It’s a wellness driven, patient-oriented venture, where doctor and patient dig deep to ascertain the true origin of illness.
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Dr. Teresa Cardwell is a Medical Geneticist with a strong background in biochemistry, biophysics and physiology rooted in the medical sciences. Dr. Cardwell’s special skill is functional endocrinology, where she combines the best of modern science with the wisdom of holistic medicine, focusing on prevention of illness using comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Read her full Bio
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