Biochemical Individuality Based on Genetic and Environmental Uniqueness
According to Balance Protocol perspective, patient centered care presumes that each person is a unique individual with a singular genetic structure. My purpose as a Functional Medicine practitioner is to elicit and understand my patients’ uniqueness, including their life experiences…
Person-Centered versus Disease-Centered
The individual—not the disease—is the target of treatment. The Balance Protocol views disease not as an enemy (not even as an independent reality) with which to grapple, but as a manifestation of the breakdown of mechanisms that maintain control, resilience, and balance.
Dysfunction and disease are rarely organ-specific. Rather, they are an altered systemic physiological malfunction that requires an integrated model of therapeutic intervention…
Dynamic Balance of Internal and External Factors
Important in the application of the Balance Protocol is the idea that lifestyle translates into quantifiable effects on health and disease through the energetics of our biochemistry and genetics.
Different activities and emotions; such as eating, exercising or not exercising, joy, pain, and love, for example; are integral to inducing the dynamic mix of molecules that, through the masking and unmasking of chromosome sites, lead to the sum of experiences that our patients identify as their lives…
Web-like Connections of Physiological Factors
People do not get sick from diseases, but rather diseases reflect a disruption in the dynamic balance between themselves and their environment.
Fundamental to Functional Medicine is a profound awareness of web-like interactions among all systems—interactions that have been artificially singularized by the current medical model of disease taxonomy. Robert Heinlein describes the dilemma as follows:
Health as a Positive Vitality—Not Merely the Absence of Disease
Today medicine is at a crossroads. Although medicine has successfully contributed to the development of the science of disease diagnosis and treatment during the past four decades, it has not been as successful in promoting healthy aging.
A majority of the aging population expects that they will never retire and will continue to engage in multiple activities, travel the world, be physically active, meet exciting new challenges…