Four Top Functional Medicine Doctors Appear on “Dr. Oz’s Disease Detectives”

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Dr. Mehmet Oz hand-picked four top doctors from the world of functional medicine to appear on the Dr. Oz Show. They discussed emerging science, tests and therapies that help prevent and reverse the course of chronic diseases by addressing the underlying causes.

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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 most health services are still based on.

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:

  •     Mark Hyman, MD, discussed “diabesity”—the epidemic of diabetes that is largely driven by obesity—and two new tests that are better indicators of one’s likelihood of developing diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and other related problems. He shared some of the latest research on the underlying causes of diabetes and discussed ways to address the problem through diet and supplements.
  •     David Perlmutter, MD, discussed Alzheimer’s and related degenerative diseases of the brain that are rooted in inflammation. He shared research and new food-based approaches that can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and revolutionary new treatments that can slow or even reverse the course of the disease.
  •     Dr. Susan Blum, MD, discussed fatigue and the many underlying factors, such as thyroid and low T3, that may contribute to it. She provided mineral recommendations and recipes to help people combat chronic fatigue and boost their energy.
  •     Dr. Wendy Warner, MD, discussed menopause and the hormone imbalances that can contribute to symptoms such as hot flashes and moodiness. She explained how a functional medicine office visit would work and provided nutritional advice, supplements, and recipes that can help women move through menopause without the side effects of taking hormones.

Visit 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.

About IFM
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.


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