CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) In conventional medicine, there’s a doctor for every part of your body: cardiologists for the heart, gastroenterologists for the digestive system, neurologists for the brain and nervous system, podiatrists for your feet, and ophthalmologists for your eyes. Due to this, conventional medicine focuses on individual body systems, but does not look at the whole person to understand the interrelated causes underlying disease and chronic illness. Rather, it looks at symptoms in order to name a disease and find a corresponding drug. Danielle Dellaquila, a nutritionist with Eagle Vision Nutrition shared details.
What is Functional Medicine?
In functional medicine, we see the body as an interconnected whole, within a larger environment. We recognize that
in order to treat one part of the body, all other parts must also be considered. This breaks apart artificial divisions of
the body. Functional medicine looks at underlying phenomena that occur across specialties (inflammation, oxidative
stress, toxicities, cellular energy problems, etc.) in order to understand the root cause of disease and find the right
tools, at the right time, individualized for each person.