A sickness-based approach, fighting illness only after you start feeling sick, or a wellness-based approach, seeking health and thriving now so you don’t have to get sick later?
The conventional system has grown so dependent on pharma, on prescribing away every symptom, that we have forgotten how to restore health: by addressing and resolving the root cause of illness, not just the symptoms.
Led by our partner, The Institute for Functional Medicine—the global leaders in Functional Medicine—this revolution is about reorienting the healthcare system toward identifying the complexity of disease.
Functional Medicine is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach to healthcare that looks beyond symptom resolution to identify why illness occurs and address those root causes to restore health. While conventional medicine focuses on using medication to reduce symptoms, Functional Medicine empowers patients and practitioners to work together to resolve the complex underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness through diet and lifestyle change.
The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) sets the gold standard for education, training, and clinical practice in the field of Functional Medicine globally. The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy is proud to offer the only Health Coach Certification Program in collaboration with IFM, sharing many of the same faculty members and much of the same course content. And once you graduate, whether you’re employed on a Functional Medicine care team or running an independent coaching practice, you’ll enjoy a lifelong place in this fast-growing Functional Medicine community.
Transforming patient health by understanding and addressing all the things that influence it, including genes, environment, diet, and lifestyle
So the patient’s voice is heard at every appointment, and the treatment they receive is tailored to their unique needs
Using the conventional approach to healthcare as a starting point and building onto it with more thorough, integrative health information
Empowering patients, practitioners, and health coaches to work together to identify root causes of illness, overcome roadblocks, and make the dietary and lifestyle changes necessary for healing
Because addressing root causes instead of alleviating symptoms, reversing chronic illness, and preventing future illness all mean reduced health costs, in the long run
Known worldwide as the "Father of Functional Medicine", Co-Founder of The Institute of Functional Medicine Dr. Jeffrey Bland provides his insights along with research on the impact that Functional Medicine has had and continues to have on society.
Throughout this closing keynote address, Dr. Bland cites numerous scientific findings that demonstrate the power of health coaching and speaks to its crucial role in healthcare and in Functional Medicine.
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