In 1952, a small text book (FUNCTIONAL ENDOCRINOLOGY: From Birth Through Adolescence. By N. B. Talbot, M.D.) was published, in this book the author, explains for what may have been the first time, using a clinical approach, where the physician and the patient, considered a clinical observation of how the patient felt, as part of the investigation into their disease. This ‘clinico-pathlogical’ approach as it was called, has become Functional Endocrinology today.
Today, Functional Endocrinology combines the field of Endocrinology (Conventional Endocrinology is a specialty of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to hormones. For example, if your thyroid doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone then you will have an underactive or hypothyroid). With Functional Medicine (study of the actual function of the body, on an individualized fashion), to optimize one’s health. Functional Medicine works towards finding the root cause of the problem – rather than simply treating the symptom.
The endocrine system is involved with glands or organs that produce and secrete hormones which control the body’s metabolism, growth, sexual development and function. It is these functions that make the field of Functional Endocrinology so effective in enhancing the Healthspan, Using the principles of Functional Endocrinology, we can identify alterations in the endocrine system that are yet not in a disease state, ( haven’t been diagnosed yet).With our approach, we can uncover issues that, if left untreated, can result into a disease down the road and possibly be prevented if acted upon today.
Our goal is preventive and restorative. Your endocrine system may be in a functioning state, your doctor may be telling you “you are fine” even though you don’t feel fine. But if we look at what is actually causing these problems by determining exactly why your body is not producing enough hormones, we can proceed to possibly restore your bodies function to produce them on its own.
In this way, we can identify and understand the complex series of vicious cycles that feed each other, manifesting in symptoms, such as weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestion issues, cravings, sweating, and low libido. When we correct any functional inconsistency before it becomes a chronic, or serious diseased state, you will feel and function better.
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