The definition of Functional Medicine is “the science and art of creating individualized protocols to ensure that the physiological functions are operating at an optimal level.”It excels at understanding the root cause, works to correct it, and—most importantly—provides you relief from symptoms that rob you of a normal life. This involves a deep understanding of the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health. Each patient’s protocol is based on the individual and their unique presentation and can include diet logs, lifestyle counseling, nutritional changes, and natural medicines prescribed in meaningful courses focused on providing the body what it needs. Our bodies are intelligent - we are simply providing it with all the tools, so it can function at the optimal level.
FM is designed for patients with a variety of health concerns. Many of them have tried traditional medical treatments in the past only to be left frustrated, feeling unheard, and continuing to struggle with painful conditions.
Some of the most common of those conditions are:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Infections
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Thyroid Problems
- Hormonal Imbalance
The OYBC approach is equal parts art & science. Science. We test everything. There are so many variables that affect your health. Making a guess and basing treatment around that only wastes time (and money). We find that careful history taking, and laboratory testing are the best ways to truly understand a condition. Art. We get to know you—body, mind, & spirit—to truly understand what approach will work best for your condition. With a deep understanding of you and your condition, biochemical individuality, and genetic & environmental circumstances, we develop a completely individualized approach that may include:
- Dietary & Lifestyle Changes
- Stress Management
- Supplements & Natural Remedies
- Inflammation Reduction
- And so much more
There’s no one size fits all approach to achieving optimal health. Which is why we spend so much time getting to know you before recommending the right course of action. Functional Medicine places its emphasis on understanding and improving the functional core of your health.
At OYBC, we work with you to strengthen your physiological processes, treat the underlying issues of your conditions, and restore your health—so you can have more energy, heal your gut, improve your overall wellness, and feel better than you have in years.
“My joy is helping people who have tried everything and heard there is nothing to do, feel better, function better, and find solutions to their health concerns.”- Dr. Lexie.
Clinical nutrition is the practice of analysing if a person is consuming an adequate amount of nutrients for good health. A clinical nutritionist is concerned with how nutrients in food are processed, stored and discarded by your body, along with what food affects your overall well-being. Professionals in this field assess your nutritional needs based on your family and medical history, lifestyle and laboratory tests in order to make recommendations on your diet and individual nutritional needs to further prevent you from disease.
Functional Medicine physicians consider all aspects of your life and health in formulating a treatment plan for you or your child. Lifestyle counselling covers a wide array of topics from ergonomics at work, environmental toxin exposure, stressors, emotional health, physical activity, and more. Dr. Lexie takes time to listen to her patients and truly understand all factors that contribute to their health. This is based on the philosophy of treating each patient as a whole and address the full body to obtain optimal health.
There are two main types of ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis: a pathological range and a functional range. The pathological range is used to diagnose disease; the functional range is used to assess risk for disease before the disease develops. The references that are provided with laboratory test results are referred to as “the pathological range,” because if the test results are out of range, it usually indicates potential for pathology or disease. The main different between the functional and the pathological range is the degree of deviation allowed within their normal ranges. For example, the functional range for glucose may be 85 – 100 mg/dl, but the pathological range may be 65-110 mg/dl. Levels about the pathological range may indicate diabetes. Levels above the functional range, but before they reach the extremes of the pathological range, may indicate insulin resistance and future risk for developing diabetes. Most health care providers believe that care should only be provided when disease is present. This view is generally formed from conventional medical training which ignores the philosophies of preventative medicine and nutrition. Traditional medical training teaches physicians to evaluate blood chemistry in comparison to ranges that determine pathology.
Natural medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health using therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals' inherent self-healing. process. This is accomplished using diet analysis, lifestyle counselling, herbal supplements, essential oils, and other natural therapeutic techniques. Naturopathic treatments are suitable for everyone, to all ages and every level of health. Most commonly, to those suffering from fatigue, stress and related disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, autoimmune conditions, or similar ailments. Some of the draws to natural medicine include an emphasis on patients, the principles, and ideologies of naturopathy focus on the entire body for healing; emotional, mental and physical health are all taken into consideration. Patients are offered personal attention, unlike when visiting a doctor’s clinic where patients will only discuss their symptoms, naturopathic practitioners will consult their patient on multiple aspects of their health due to tailor a custom treatment plan.
Functional Medicine delves even deeper into the root causes of the illness. We go beyond traditional medicine to provide ongoing care to meet a patient’s changing needs. Functional Medicine includes diet and lifestyle modifications, nutritional supplementation and health coaching, allowing our patients to alter the course of their chronic diseases towards renewed vitality and longevity. By contrast to the traditional model, Functional Medicine treats the patient rather than a set of symptoms. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the physician can create personalized therapeutic strategies.