Gig Harbor, WA (PRWEB) January 30, 2012
The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is pleased to congratulate “The Fantastic Four of Functional Medicine” who were recently featured on the Dr. Oz Show. The program, titled “Dr. Oz’s Disease Detectives,” aired on January 13, 2012, and featured IFM Chairman Dr. Mark Hyman, IFM Faculty Member Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Susan Blum, and Dr. Wendy Warner. The four physicians were hand-picked by Dr. Mehmet Oz for their pioneering work in the practice of functional medicine—an emerging field of medicine that moves beyond treating symptoms to finding and alleviating the underlying causes of disease.
The doctors discussed their cutting-edge tests and treatments for diabetes, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, and menopause.
“The Dr. Oz Show marked a pivotal moment for us as an organization,” said David S. Jones, MD and President of the Institute for Functional Medicine, the global leader in functional medicine education for medical practitioners. “Functional medicine has been gathering momentum for more than 20 years, but this is the first time it has garnered such significant mainstream attention. The incidence of chronic disease has reached epidemic proportions; functional medicine offers a more effective approach for the prevention and treatment of complex, chronic health problems than the acute-care model that most health services are still based on,” Jones added.
Functional medicine is a systems-based, science-driven approach to individualized medicine that focuses on finding and treating the underlying causes of chronic disease, rather than just treating the symptoms. Patients are becoming more proactive about seeking out answers for their health conditions. The Dr. Oz show struck a chord with viewers who are seeking solutions resulting in over 11,000 people visiting the IFM website following the show to find a functional medicine practitioner.
Physicians who practice functional medicine are true disease detectives. They work closely with patients to understand their history, genetics, diet, lifestyle and other critical factors that may have triggered the onset of disease. They often do laboratory tests that are not in the average physician’s toolkit and many functional medicine treatments involve the use of dietary interventions, nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes to help people reverse disease and return to health.
Each of the four segments (watch the videos) on The Dr. Oz Show features a common medical condition along with information on the latest research, tests and real-world solutions—many of them already in your pantry:
Visit http://www.functionalmedicine.org for clips from the show and for more information on functional medicine, how to find a functional medicine practitioner in your area or to learn about IFM’s educational programs and publications for healthcare practitioners.
IFM has functioned as a successful independent nonprofit educational organization for more than a decade, and has a 20-year history of educating clinicians in leading edge science. Combining a strong commitment to the health of human beings everywhere with an equally powerful commitment to engaging clinicians in the emerging sciences of genomics and systems biology, IFM has led the way in articulating a new model for reversing the epidemic of chronic disease that deeply challenges 21st century medicine. It enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.