Functional Medicine Practitioner in Chiswick, West London

Functional Medicine Practitioner

Dr Andrew Greenland, a Functional Medicine Practitioner in Chiswick, West London


Are You Becoming Frustrated With Conventional Western Medicine?

A growing number of patients are becoming frustrated with the impersonal, ineffective, symptom-centric approach to medical treatment. They are searching for better solutions. And they are finding them in the field of Functional Medicine, a radical new model for the practice of medicine and treatment of chronic disease.

Dr Andrew Greenland’s private and personal clinic in Chiswick, West London can help you understand, and take advantage of Functional Medicine.

 

Discover a new way of thinking about healthcare

A new way of thinking about healthcare

The current health care system is very well designed to treat urgent or ‘acute’ medical problems. If you go to the Emergency Department with a heart attack or a broken leg, the doctors who treat you will know exactly what to do.

However, where conventional medicine can fall short is in the early identification and long-term management of chronic illness, including digestive, metabolic, hormonal, autoimmune and cardiovascular disorders.

 

‘Magic Bullets’ don’t work

Conditions like obesity, type two diabetes, and cancer are characterized by a series of complex, multi-layered symptoms that take years to develop and can affect every biological system, including the circulation, immunity, and hormonal and neurological health. By the time most people are diagnosed with one of these conditions, they need a full-scale intervention, not a fifteen minute appointment and symptom-suppressing medication.

‘Magic bullets’ don’t work to treat chronic conditions. What does work is an individualized approach to patients—with an emphasis on the ways our environment and lifestyle choices interact with our genes.

 

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is an innovative approach to medical care. It uses the latest medical research to develop personalized care for each patient based on his or her unique environment, lifestyle, and genes. The result is a dynamic, effective way to address chronic disease.

 

What happens when you visit a Functional Medicine Practitioner?

The first thing you can expect when you visit a Functional Medicine practitioner is to be offered a lot more time than you would from a conventional healthcare provider, typically 60-90 minutes for a first visit. You can also expect to do a lot of talking, as a big part of Functional Medicine is exploring your detailed personal and family history, the circumstances around your first symptoms, and the experiences you may have had with other health care providers.

The practitioner will also ask about your mental well-being, spiritual health, and social factors. Considering these areas helps the Functional Medicine practitioner see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just in terms of your physical symptoms.

Blood Tests

The Functional Medicine doctor may undertake a detailed examination of your body to see if there are any visible signs that provide clues to what is going on under the surface.

They may also recommend that you have some laboratory tests. Some of these tests are the same ones used by conventional clinicians, but others are more specialized tests that can help determine the causes of your illness. This might include genetic testing, which can show if the genes you inherited from your parents may make your more susceptible to certain types of health problems.

 

Personalised Treatment

Lifestyle Change

Once the Functional Medicine practitioner has all the results from your tests, they will ask for your help in designing a treatment plan. The good news is that most health issues can be successfully treated as long as the right causes are identified. Some people can be completely restored to optimum function, while others can see substantial improvement in their condition. You can also take steps to help prevent your disease from worsening.

DNA Pollution

The treatment plan you help design will usually include making some changes in your lifestyle: what you eat, your physical activity, how you deal with stress, your exposure to potentially toxic substances, and other factors.

The point of these changes is that your genetic makeup (the genes that you inherited from your parents) is designed to work well in a specific environment. Sometimes, when genes are exposed to the wrong environment, they don’t work as they should, and this can lead to health problems.

 

You can influence your Genes

You Can Influence Your DNA

The good news is that, although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes work in your body. So, changing your environment can make the genes work the way they were designed to, returning you to optimal health and wellbeing.

In addition to lifestyle changes, Functional Medicine treatments may include:

  • Botanical (herbal) medicines
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Therapeutic diets
  • Detoxification programs
  • Osteopathic treatment

 

A Therapeutic Partnership

You will always have a big role in choosing these treatments, because as a patient of a Functional Medicine provider, you become an active partner with them in the design of your own treatment plan. This allows you to really be in charge of improving your own health and changing the outcome of disease.

 

Frequently Asked Functional Medicine Questions

What’s the biggest difference between conventional and functional medicine?

Conventional western medical doctors diagnose a disease and then assign a drug or surgery to correct it. For instance, many patients with heart disease have narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. A common approach is to insert stents in the arteries to prop them open and maintain blood flow.

The same issue, if approached by someone trained in functional medicine, would likely instigate a conversation with the patient about what environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors have been contributing to a narrowing of the arteries. After all, numerous functions — poor diet, inactivity, hormonal imbalances, chronic inflammation — can have
an impact on blood flow to the heart.

The conventional-medicine approach is doomed to fail in an era of chronic disease like the one we are in today. Rather, doctors must strive to identify and treat the underlying causes of illness, engage patients in a therapeutic partnership to co-create a plan for health and healing, and support behaviour changes through empowering and educating patients on wellness care.

Why haven’t I heard of functional medicine before?

The short answer is, you will. The long answer is that altering the course of conventional medicine is like turning a big ship: It takes a while. Functional medicine started in the early 1990s as the brainstorm of a few doctors frustrated with a medical system that expected them to treat chronic disease with drugs and surgery.

Now, functional medicine has its own epicentre, the Institute of Functional Medicine. So far, more than 100,000 practitioners from 73 countries have been introduced to the principles and practices of functional medicine. As this number continues to grow, functional medicine will become accessible to all.

Andrew Greenland totally integrated medicine
MBBS (Lond) ND DipHerb DipOstMed MRCSEd FRCEM IFMCP

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