According to The World Health Organisation the main causes of disease and death are no longer acute infections like HIV/AIDS (1.5 million in 2012), TB and Malaria, although still massive killers. It is the chronic diseases like cardiovascular (heart and lung), cancer and diabetes. 38 million in 2012 alone, that are now the top 3 causes of death worldwide. Conditions such as asthma, food intolerances, eczema, and autism have all doubled and in some cases tripled in numbers since the 1980s.
The conventional medical system was set up to deal with acute and urgent medical conditions. Things like heart attacks, broken bones and acute illnesses. The focus is on treating the symptoms in the short term and the type of drug prescribed is usually the same for everyone with the same disease. It’s a one size fits all prescription. As far as it goes It is a good system considered within this scenario.
Functional Medicine, on the other hand, has been going for about 20 years and is popular in the US, Australia, a few European countries like Cyprus, Sweden, Norway and Asia and it is about Ultimate Health which means three crucial things:
- Finding the cause of chronic and acute conditions using cutting edge diagnostic scientifically proven tests
- Looking at the whole body as being interconnected
- By providing an individualised treatment plan that looks at balancing the body’s imbalances