Functional Medicine - How We Are Different
Dr. Harasha has been in the Functional Medicine space for over 5 years and has noticed a flaw in how it is usually practiced. When a doctor uses the standard care model of consult to consult we see problems, especially in F.M. We have seen a patient spend a lot of money to see an FM doctor for a visit, get sent off for very expensive testing, come back for a visit to go over the results and get handed a bunch of expensive supplements and told to check back in 3 months. What usually happens is the patient gives up during that time. They just spent a lot of money but are no different than when they started. FM programs need to be transformational to work. The patient starts in one condition and transforms their life so they can be in a better condition. Patients need to feel supported in order to transform. They need accountability and community support. They need to be able to check in with the doctor frequently and be able to ask for guidance and support.
Dr. Harasha recognizes this and offers his FM programs in an online format. Patients receive access to the doctor 24/7, watch live videos, receive information on a regular basis and have community Q&A calls. Yes, there will also be lifestyle changes, some testing and some supplements but the goal is total transformation, and amazing results that are sustainable for a long time.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine (FM) addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, FM addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
FM practitioners spend more 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 the management of complex, chronic disease.
FM practitioners often utilize innovative laboratory procedures and algorithms to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine that empowers patients to take an active role in influencing their unique expression of health and vitality.
Interventions may be passive and involve receiving a therapy in the office. However, they are more commonly active, and involve changes in diet, lifestyle, environment, ability to cope with stress, and nutritional or herbal supplements. In some more severe cases a referral to a medical doctor for pharmaceutical intervention is needed.