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Functional medicine is a biological approach to investigating and consequently treating the underlying ROOT CAUSE of disease. This approach gives us a road map to understand what went wrong in someone’s physiology before they developed symptoms, which eventually led to their diagnosis.

Overview

Can a detective solve a crime by solely looking at a single photograph of the crime scene? No. He or she must painstakingly interview witnesses, gather clues, and piece together what happened. This process takes time and immense effort. Through this intensive process, there is great HOPE that the crime can be solved.

The practice of functional medicine is similar to the work of a detective. The functional medicine physician must first take the time to dive deep into his patient’s medical history, going back as far as the health of the patient’s parents and the prenatal care they received. Delving into the patient’s history makes it possible to identify the ROOT CAUSES of the symptoms so that these can be addressed and the patient’s health be restored.

The physician will also investigate the time prior to the onset of their symptoms in order to identify the triggers (e.g. infections, toxins, traumas, and stressors). He will also identify clinical imbalances in the following categories: hormones, neurotransmitters, inflammatory markers, environmental toxicity, as well as the structural and gastrointestinal integrity of the body.

Once a functional medicine history is gathered, the clinician can then begin to piece together what happened in the patient’s body on a cellular level. Diagnostic testing is used to uncover which areas of the body are not functioning properly and what clinical imbalances need to be fixed. Even with the most difficult-to-treat diseases, there is ALWAYS HOPE for better health!

Treatment

Treatment focuses on investigating and addressing the underlying causes of your disease/illness (figuring out and treating what’s really going on). Treatment incorporates the most recent advances in science and medicine combined with integrative therapies- including:

  • Genomics: Looking at your specific genes in the context of your health, we can develop an individualized strategy to “bypass” these defects to get you well.
  • Personalized Clinical Nutrition: Many claim to have the perfect diet; yet such a thing does not exist. There is however, the perfect nutrition plan designed specifically for YOUR healing and for you to feel your best.
  • Advanced Diagnostic Testing: Used to uncover which areas of the body are not functioning properly and what clinical imbalances need to be fixed.

Symptoms and Conditions Treated:

  • Digestive Disorders: Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal pain
  • Chronic Pain: fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, joint/muscle pain
  • Neurologic Disease: Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression/anxiety, multiple sclerosis, nerve pain
  • Autoimmune: psoriasis/eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and many others
  • Cardiovascular: heart disease prevention and treatment
  • Thyroid and Adrenal disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Elevated Cholesterol
  • Healthy Weight Metabolism
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Chronic Fatigue

Initial Consultation

The first step: Understanding Your Unique Health Story

In your first appointment, you’ll meet and consult with the doctor for 120-minutes to discuss your health condition. During your visit, Dr. Lum will review your full family and medical history, as well as, investigate other factors that could be contributing to your health (e.g. environmental toxins, immune/inflammatory imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, hidden infections).

After gathering all the necessary information and genuinely listening to your health story, the doctor will order the appropriate diagnostic tests. After receiving the results he will then formulate and lay out your treatment plan.

In the Program

Formulating Your Treatment Plan

During this visit, you’ll meet with Dr. Lum to review the results of your lab tests and establish your health goals. Based on all the testing, history, genetics, and examination: the doctor will design your treatment plan that will include:

  • Goals for your health condition/diagnosis
  • Strategies to “bypass” identified genetic defects
  • Customized nutrition plan
  • Pharmaceutical-grade supplements (nutraceuticals)
  • Medical-food and botanical medicines (if indicated)
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Prescribed follow up visits

Program Outline

Your treatment program has been designed specifically for you; this includes all interventions and prescribed follow up visits. Therefore, interventions and follow up visits vary depending on health condition/diagnosis and beginning health status.

Program Includes:

During this visit, you’ll meet with Dr. Lum to review the results of your lab tests and establish your health goals. Based on all the testing, history, genetics, and examination: the doctor will design your treatment plan that will include:

  • Follow up visits: unlimited appointments, phone appointments, & emails with Dr. Lum
  • Regular lab testing to monitor progress
  • Specialty lab testing interpretation
  • Personal Health Notebook: track progress and keep all the educational materials you’ll receive
  • Access to high quality, medically proven nutritional supplements as prescribed by the doctor

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