5 Functional Medicine Myths Debunked  

Myth # 1 – I’ve tried “everything”

This is a phrase that we hear over and over on our discovery calls. Many patients feel like they’ve done everything that they can to get better. However, within a few short minutes it becomes clear that they had been victims of Google’s many massive software products that run deep, based on everything from your search history and contacts in social media for every single search link you might have clicked. When a person submits to the thought of having “tried everything” they subconsciously submit to the idea that nothing more can be done because Google has trapped your searches and will not allow you to see any other information.  

Most people we speak to have never had a basic functional lab testing, a personalized assessment, or a consultation free from Professional and Social Media Influencers  – all of which can be fundamental to the healing process. Chances are there are many aspects of your health that have not yet been fully explored. 

Myth # 2 – If this worked, my doctor would know about it

Allopathic medicine focuses on the name of the disease and implements a one-size-fits-all approach that centers around symptom management and pharmaceutical drugs. This is fine for acute care or emergency interventions to help you feel better in a traumatic or life-threatening situation.

Functional medicine should operate out of a completely different paradigm than Allopathic medicine. Unfortunately, for most functional medicine practices, the Allopathic medicine model has been adopted – knowingly or unknowingly – where the focus is still on the naming of a diagnosis. See Diagnosis Fake or Fad.

However, in long-term chronic care circumstances, treating a disease through symptom management never leads to true healing and can often end up exacerbating the problem. 

In stark contrast, functional medicine is more focused on uncovering the root causes of your health issues and providing a personalized plan to correct them and help you actually get better. We help coach up your adaptive physiology by treating the entire body as a whole, integrated unit that has the ability to self-heal once it is properly balanced and provided with the correct inputs. We also believe that there is a time and place for intelligent allopathy, and will recommend it accordingly if we feel it’s necessary. 

Myth # 3 – I don’t have time

We are all allotted the same amount of time in a day, and that time passes whether you’re healthy or sick. Few things are more wasteful than time spent managing an illness or disease. Think of all the hours spent online researching your illness or sitting in a doctor’s waiting room for a 15-minute visit. When you don’t feel well, you’re also less productive at work, and that can impact your finances – which leads to more time wasted spent worrying about your bottom line. 

We believe that being healthy is one of the best ways to free up more time for you to do the things you enjoy the most with the people you love the most. In order to help you make the most of your time, we offer a printable report of findings and recommendations, the convenience of telephone and video consultations to provide you with clear, concise directions on how to finally take control of your health and your life. The next 24 hours are going to pass regardless of what you do. Why not spend them pursuing better health?

Myth # 4 – Functional medicine is expensive

This is the biggest misconception about functional medicine – primarily because we’ve been conditioned to expect insurance to pay for everything. In doing so, we have unwittingly ceded control of our wellness over to the lowest bidder – at the expense of our own health. In reality, functional medicine is the most affordable form of healthcare on the planet, especially when you consider that the average person spends more money in their lifetime in the allopathic model managing a disease or illness without ever truly healing. 

Thankfully, some forward-thinking insurance companies and governments are now running pilot-projects to demonstrate the significant cost savings to both patients and healthcare systems using a functional medicine model, while at the same time helping participants achieve increased positive health outcomes.  

Sometimes the true cost of services being rendered isn’t just measured in dollars and cents, and just because something is covered by your insurance company does not make it cheaper. We’re proud of the fact that the average patient saves over thousands of dollars each year in medical expenses, while at the same time learning a liberating life skill that can be taught to their own children and loved ones. When choosing a healthcare provider, it’s important to look beyond the cost of something, and instead consider its value. In this manner, functional medicine wins every time. 

Myth # 5 – I can figure this out on my own

We live in the era of information, and the entirety of the world’s knowledge is available at your fingertips. Yet the most valuable information you need for true healing is the knowledge of what’s going on inside your body, and until now you weren’t allowed to access this information without the permission of your doctor or insurance company. Dr. Peterson asks you the right questions and order the right lab testing to provide you with a deeper insight into your personal health challenges and how to overcome them. 

Functional lab testing clues you into information that you or your doctor would never know otherwise. Our goal when partnering with you is to help identify the root cause of your health problems, teach you the appropriate life skills you need to remedy them, and support you as needed. Self-navigating through the sea of conflicting information ends up costing you both your health and your sanity. We don’t recommend it.

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