What is Functional Medicine?

In a nutshell, Functional Medicine is the philosophy of finding and treating the root cause of disease rather than just treating the symptoms.

The goal of a Functional Medicine physician is to work towards restoring and/or optimizing the incredible power of the body to heal. It is about asking the question “Why” the patient is sick not “What” is the disease. Symptoms are simply a signal from the body that something is out of balance. The correct approach is to find out why the system is out of balance and restore that balance. We will not reverse the trend of the chronic disease epidemic until we change our approach.

The traditional approach in medicine is to match the symptoms with a diagnoses (label) and then match the diagnosis to a medication that reduces the symptoms. Our health care system waits for patients to get sick then treats them with drugs, most of which block the body’s natural ability to function and heal. This approach is not working. We are getting sicker and sicker with more and more chronic disease like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, and dementia. Drugs are not making us well. WE need to make ourselves well.

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

Because functional medicine works to uncover and address underlying causes of conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, digestive issues, and more, it can sometimes reduce dependence on costly medications. These medications do not correct the root causes of disease.

Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. Patients are also more committed to their health through functional medicine, since the provider and patient are partners in creating a plan to achieve positive outcomes.

Read more at The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)

Functional Medicine Consultation Package

A Functional Medicine Consultation would be appropriate for an individual who has an existing primary care physician. This individual would desire a consultation with Dr. Robinson for a particular issue(s) for symptoms that present themselves and a root cause needs to be determined.

A package would include the following:

  • Review of existing labs (supplied by patient)
  • Initial visit with Dr. Robinson
  • New lab order preparation and draw in our office – processed and billable at the lab of your choosing
  • Secondary visit with Dr. Robinson to discuss laboratory results
  • EKG and Body Composition (BCM) included with first package purchase
  • This package does not include prescribing of medications

Total Fee: $750.00

If additional follow up visits are requested by the patient, the following would apply:

  • $200.00 per visit
  • $20.00/$50.00 lab order preparation and draw in our office – processed and billable at the lab of your choosing
  • EKG $75.00
  • BCM $35.00
  • Other in-office procedures vary with services performed

If you are interested in learning more about functional medicine in the St. Petersburg area, contact Robinson MD today to schedule your consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have!