Functional medicine is a healthcare model that addresses and attempts to correct the underlying cause(s) of the patient’s health problem(s), rather than merely managing symptoms. Moreover, beyond just treating disease, it focuses on prevention and seeks to improve both the physical and psychological resilience and well-being of the person as a whole. Ever hear the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? While conventional medical systems claim to recognize the importance of preventive medicine, their actual focus is often only on treating disease. By contrast, an integrative or functional medicine practitioner, rather than merely treating the disease or attempting to mask its symptoms, would focus on discovering and attempting to correct the root cause of the health problem. It is important to understand that health is more than merely the absence of disease. Indeed, preventive medicine is a synonym for enhancing health or wellness, which is a spectrum that ranges from the brink of disease to even beyond presumed peak physiological condition with no limits. Thus, while conventional medicine attempts to treat the disease, functional and integrative systems focus on improving the health of the patient instead, i.e. treating the person rather than merely the disease. At Dr. Davidson Integrative Medicine, the focus is on improving the health of each organ system and indeed the whole person. You will find that disease simply cannot persist when the body starts functioning more harmoniously, becoming resilient enough to resist any challenge.