12055 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA

12055 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA

Functional Medicine

What is functional medicine

First, we will start with the treatment model of conventional medicine for patients. By understanding the intricacies of how and what is delivered for one’s medical treatment, then one may grasp and gain the insights of what functional medicine is.

In today’s medical treatment the first thing acquired for the patient is a diagnosis code according to symptoms. Then treat the patient according to the insurance accepted parameters of the codes. Medical treatment is formulated around the germ theory of Louis Pasteur as well as suppressing the symptoms. Pursuing to kill any type of bacteria that is present with antibodies. Only focusing on the symptoms of the problems. If the first round of antibodies does not work, next increase the amount of antibody and or switch the medication to a stronger one.   Which in turn, reduces our natural immune system. Next step, if medication fails, surgery may be recommended. Surgery is utilized to remove the faltering part or organ, thus eliminating the problem?

Functional Medicine Baton Rouge

With a basic grasp of medical treatment let’s look from the bird’s eye position. Presume that you have a runny nose, congestion, and sneezing.  The diagnosis would be a histamine release from an inhalant allergy response. You are given an antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Claritin   Clear. A week later, some improvement was seen but the problem was not corrected. Dosage is increased, but now there are several side effects, dizziness, nausea, chest congestion with nervousness. We have all experienced this scenario, better, but not corrected.

Functional medicine is a medical specialty that is devoted to discovering the underlying cause of chronic medical conditions and pain.  Medicine that addresses the root cause of the medical condition, not the isolated symptom.  In your first office visit, time taken to discover and unveil pathological issues, the hormonal problem, possible parasites, viruses, toxic heavy metals and genetic problems which may be inherited. Naturopathic doctors use a systems-oriented discovery of tests, blood work up, hormonal diagnoses, heavy metals, and genetic tests. These tests are not controlled by your insurance company, thus getting to the root cause of the sickness, and eliminating a lifetime of drugs. 

Back to the runny nose scenario, one can acquire a parasitic load and have the same symptoms. If one has acid reflux, this too will cause habit to the sinuses. Also, a combination of poor nutrition and bad nights sleep can trigger a cortisol hormone overload, causing sinus eruptions which will last for several weeks. There are multiple triggers for a runny nose that will not be cured by an antihistamine alone. 

Seeking the root cause only makes sense, your insurance should not control your health. Any further questions of how to take control of your life, and conquer your health problems, contact us at by calling 225-478-9665.