Functional medicine practitioners value a patient-centered approach, uniquely spending time with patients, listening to their stories and looking for interactions among their genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence their long-term health. Stephen Atkins, PhD, CHHP, at Atkins Wellness Solutions practices functional medicine as it provides the best framework for helping to restore health, vitality, and a love of life in each patient. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Huntington, New York, or use the online booking tool.
Functional medicine developed as a new way to approach today’s complex, chronic diseases. It’s grounded in advanced medical science and uses the most current research in genetics and cell biology. When put into practice, functional medicine focuses on identifying the complex web of interactions in each patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness.
Dr. Atkins evaluates your genetic makeup, along with your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. He also evaluates social and environmental issues. Laboratory testing and other advanced diagnostics are also essential tools used in functional medicine.
Ultimately, Dr. Atkins can recommend highly individualized treatments that restore balance at the cellular level and in your outside world, because he has defined all the root causes of your health problem.
Conventional medicine assesses symptoms, runs lab tests, and makes a diagnosis. Then treatment is initiated that follows the accepted protocol for that disease.
But chronic diseases seldom follow a single path; their causes and outcomes are numerous and different for each person. As the Institute for Functional Medicine says, one condition may arise from many causes, and one imbalance can lead to multiple health problems.
Here are two examples. One condition — obesity — can arise from one or all of many underlying problems such as genetics, hormone imbalances, diet, exercise, and mood disorders. One imbalance — inflammation — leads to many potential diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.
In reality, medical problems are even more complex, because whether your inflammation leads to a certain disease is based on your genetic predisposition and the environmental influences that change the way your genes respond.
The only way to effectively manage multifaceted chronic diseases is by making sure that every base is covered. One treatment protocol does not fit every patient. Instead, each treatment must be personalized based on your genetics and lifestyle influences. That’s why Dr. Atkins takes the time to understand all the internal and external factors affecting your body.
One of the best parts about functional medicine is that your treatment integrates traditional Western practices with alternative medicine, combining the therapies needed to help you achieve optimal health.
Dr. Atkins incorporates nutrition, diet, exercise, and supplements to prevent and help treat health problems. Your treatment may also include options such as prescription medications, botanical medicines, detoxification programs, and stress management techniques.
If you have questions about functional medicine, or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call Atkins Wellness Solutions or use the online booking tool.