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Your Healthy Family: What is functional medicine and is it right for you?

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 19:25:52-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — In this Your Healthy Family we're talking functional medicine. If you're like me, you might be asking yourself what is functional medicine?

Dr. Kurt Perkins, is a Colorado Springs Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner and a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with Dr. Kurt's Place in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Kurt says,“It's more of a system to analyze the body looking at it from systems and functions opposed to, here's a symptom, let's squash it and call it good. It (functional medicine) dives a little deeper and looks into health history all the way back to childhood experiences many times, as well as current lifestyle experiences and exposures and how it all goes collectively to add up to an expression of how someone feels today.”

Dr. Kurt explains that one of the most common things he sees people for is fatigue. “A functional medicine approach is not a cookie cutter or one size fits all. I could line up 10 people with fatigue and for some it could be simple that they are anemic, some may not be getting enough sleep but for others it could be an autoimmune process starting to brew and process before it becomes a full-blown thing. Fatigue could also be a gut issue because someone’s not processing their food well, so there's a whole bunch of things it could be. That's where functional medicine starts diving deeper and deeper into someone’s history and functional lab testing to get an idea of why it is happening.”

Dr. Kurt also says functional medicine specialists can be found among a wide variety of medical professionals. “You can have chiropractors that do it, you can have MD's that do it and you'll have nurse practitioners that do it, It's not a degree specific specialty. It's usually somebody in the healthcare field that's gotten frustrated and is like, ‘Why aren’t people getting better, and what else am I missing?’ , and they start diving deeper and deeper into how the body's systems interconnect.”

So how do you know if a functional medicine approach might help you? Dr. Kurt says, “I would say the number one thing I hear from people coming in is, ‘I've gone to x-y and z doctors, all my labs look normal, but I still feel like garbage.’ For me that's a huge red flag because the traditional labs we use are great for ruling out emergencies and making sure you're not going to die - deathbed quick. But we falsely assume they rule in health. Just because we're in the normal range (of lab work) we can't assume we're healthy. It just means we're not on the verge of a diagnosis. Countless people come in saying, ‘My labs look great, but I don't feel like my lab work represents me, so well else is going on?’ If you're not in a critical state, then (regular medicine) might assume they're healthy, and we're (functional medicine) is like there's too much of a gray area in there to assume that.”

If you have questions or want more information about what functional medicine is, Dr. Kurt says, feel free to reach out to his staff at Dr. Kurt’s Place (https://morehealthlesshealthcare.com/) anytime.

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