In the Age of Information, all it takes are a few clicks, a large following, and “going viral” to be considered an expert. I use that term loosely, because most influencers you find online are “self-proclaimed” experts, and in this day and age, it can be difficult to decipher the chaos of social media in order to find the truth. So how do you cut through all the fluff? Read on as I bust through the myths surrounding functional medicine.
I Can Research This Myself.
Researching is the first step in most everything we do. But, how do you know if the information you find applies to your life? Will this actually benefit you? Have studies shown this method to be safe and effective? Before you dive in head first, realize that along with researching comes deciphering the information, studying it, and using it contextually. Your healthcare partner is here to use their knowledge, expertise, and experience in order to meet your specific needs safely and effectively.
We have all heard it. “They” said I need this test. “They” said I need this supplement. “They” said I should or shouldn’t eat this food. Although “they” may have the best intentions, how much do they actually know about your full medical history, living conditions, or stressors? You need to ask yourself, is this someone who provides trusted advice, or simply someone who is “internet-famous”? Again, just because it’s on the internet, does not make it true. If the person does not have a relationship with you, I would not put too much emphasis on what “they” say.
We are in the relationship-building industry, because we understand that functional wellness is not a one-size fits all program. Getting to the root cause of your health issues is an ongoing process that we tailor specifically to each individual.
Why Would Functional Medicine Work, If Nothing Else Has?
We get this question often. This is because, historically, some medical providers have been conditioned to treat only what they see. But what if the cause of your symptoms is hidden deep beyond the surface. Functional medicine is a long-game approach to a better you. Just like it took time for the root cause to create various symptoms, it will take time to sort through the symptoms to discover the true root cause.
Building an open, honest relationship with your Functional Medicine provider will eliminate a lot of uncertainty. The time we spend together will provide you with unique advantages and a level of care that is hard to beat.
Remember, don’t let 140 characters become the basis for your medical decisions.