The benefits of the patient specific approach employed by functional
nutrition is probably best explained by using an example: imagine
you have discovered to suffer from high blood pressure and you are
offered the following three approaches to your hypertension – which
one would you chose…?
Disease-centred Medical Approach
Disease-centred Alternative Approach
Patient-centred Functional Approach
Symptoms are addressed by prescribing pharmaceutical agents, typically:
·Calcium channel blockers
Patients are often prescribed these patented, new-to-nature molecules for the rest of their lives as symptoms will recur when treatment is stopped.Prolonged intake can lead to severe side effects.
Symptoms are addressed by prescribing natural agents, typically:
·Essential Fatty Acids
Works like the medical approach, but drugs are substituted by natural agents with much fewer side effects. Symptoms are likely to recur as soon as the treatment stops.
Hypertension can have many different causes, so prior to any prescription the root cause is identified first:
Individualised treatment protocol reflects and addresses the underlying functional imbalance(s) first, not just the symptoms.Will likely require testing and more time, but chances for a lasting improvement are good, even after the treatment stops.
Since every individual case is different and needs to be researched
separately, the functional, patient-specific approach is more labour
intensive than the disease-specific method, where a group of
symptoms is looked up and treated with a standardised protocol.
This is why consultations at functional nutrition take longer than usual
(90-120 minutes for an initial and around 60 minutes for follow-
up appointments) and the process of anamnesis and analysis of
existing medical records is much more thorough (several specific and
extremely detailed questionnaires are employed).
In order to uncover the underlying functional imbalances in each
patient, testing may be required in many cases.