Functional Medical Doctor Questions and Answers
Functional medicine has a broad range of applications and is the best medical option for getting an exhaustive analysis of any illness, condition, or symptoms you may be experiencing. Visit Living Well Health Group today for our excellent functional medicine services! For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online! We serve patients from Loveland CO, Kelim CO, Campion CO, Centerra CO, Boyd lake state park CO, and Berthoud CO.
When you feel unwell and uncertain about the underlying cause, the last thing you need is for a doctor to brush aside your concerns and provide treatment that only addresses the symptoms you are experiencing. Instead, you deserve someone who will listen to you, take your concerns seriously, and partner with you to address the root of your health concerns and find a solution. When you come to Living Well Health Group, that is precisely the approach that our functional medicine doctor will take with you!
What does a functional medicine doctor do?
Functional medicine doctors take a holistic approach to the health and well-being of their patients. As such, with every initial consultation, a functional medicine doctor will take their patient’s medical history, in addition to a history of any stresses or trauma they have experienced, their genetics, lifestyle, and biochemical composition, to help them find the underlying cause of any health problems they are experiencing. Likewise, they will also likely order various lab tests, such as gastrointestinal assessments to evaluate the health of your microbiome, measure your nutrient levels, amino acid levels, and other kinds of tests. The purpose of this approach is to find and treat the underlying cause of the symptoms you may be experiencing, rather than focusing on and treating the symptoms themselves.
What exactly is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is an alternative form of medical practice from conventional treatment for disease or chronic conditions. Instead, functional medicine seeks to understand why a given patient is ill and address the root cause of their illness, condition, or injury. Root causes often include allergens, genetics, microbial bacteria living in or on your body, poor nutrition, stress, and toxins. Functional medicine treatment also takes a comprehensive look at how lifestyle and nutritional adjustments can improve your health, in addition to medical intervention. This treatment plan is referred to as a healthy living plan and focuses primarily on nutritional improvement, in addition to exercise, sleeping habits, mental and emotional health, especially with regard to community, social, and work involvement, and increased environmental awareness. The conditions and illnesses that functional medicine has proven to treat effectively include the following:
- Adrenal gland disorders
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Asthma and allergies
- Autoimmune diseases
- Cancer and cancer prevention
- Cardiovascular diseasea
- Digestive disorders
- Metabolic syndrome
- Thyroid disorders
- Women’s health issues, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
What tests do functional medicine doctors do?
When it comes to functional medicine doctors, laboratory tests are their strongest weapon in determining the underlying cause of any illness or condition that their patients experience! As such, it is quite typical for your functional medicine doctor to order a broad range of tests as part of your treatment. Some of the most common tests that functional medicine doctors order include the following:
- Adrenal stress index
- Advanced celiac profile
- Food and chemical sensitivity testing
- Genetic testing
- Hormone panel, through urinalysis or the dried urine test for comprehensive hormones (DUTCH) test
- Lyme western blot panel
- Micronutrient testing
- Organic acids test (OAT test), through urinalysis
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) test, through a breath analysis
- Stool analysis, for gastrointestinal analysis
- Thyroid panel
If you have questions about any of the above tests, call us at (970) 438-5853 or schedule a consultation with one of our functional medicine doctors at Living Well Health Group!
How do I find a functional medicine doctor?
If you live in or around Loveland, Colorado, and are looking for a functional medicine doctor, you can find just that at Living Well Health Group! Dr. Sharon Montes is passionate about functional medicine and has extensive experience and training in this field to help you find healing from the inside out. You can find us at 1435 West 29th St, Suite 900, in Loveland, Colorado!
We welcome you to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Montes at Living Well Health Group for functional medicine treatment! You can do so through our website or by calling us during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Thursday or from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday.