St. John Center for Wellness and Family Medicine
18303 Ten Mile Road _______Suite 500
Roseville, Michigan 48066
What is Functional Medicine?
It's a science-based, natural way to become healthy again.
Functional Medicine is patient-centered medical healing at its best.
Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated
diseases, it treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms,
imbalances and dysfunctions.
As the graphic on the left of an iceberg shows, a named disease
such as diabetes, cancer, or fibromyalgia might be visible above
the surface, but according to Functional Medicine, the cause lies in
the altered physiology below the surface. Almost always, the
cause of the disease and its symptoms is an underlying
dysfunction and/or an imbalance of bodily systems.
Named diseases are just the tip of the iceberg. Below the surface,
according to Functional Medicine, are the real causes of a
patient's health problems.
If health care treats just the tip of the iceberg, it rarely leads to
long-term relief and vibrancy. Identifying and treating the
underlying root cause or causes, as Functional Medicine does, has
a much better chance to successfully resolve a patient's health
Using scientific principles, advanced diagnostic testing and
treatments other than drugs or surgery, Functional Medicine
restores balance in the body's primary physiological processes.
The goal: the patient's lifelong optimal health.