Functional Medicine

True Potential MD

Regenerative Medicine located in University Place, WA

Functional medicine has taken the medical world by storm and truly reformed health care to a model that’s patient-centered and efficient. At True Potential MD in University Place, Washington, dedicated health professionals Barbara Mack, MD, and Brandi Faudree, PA-C, stay tuned into the latest innovations that help to give you the highest standard of individualized care. Functional medicine doesn’t compartmentalize or mask the symptoms; rather, functional medicine gets to the root cause of the underlying problem and views your body as one whole interconnected system. Explore the wonders of functional medicine, and call True Potential MD, or request an appointment online today.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a model of health care focused on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease, instead of just masking or treating the symptoms. Functional medicine is biology-based and incorporates all aspects of your health and lifestyle to determine the possible causes, including your mental and physical health and daily life habits. 

Functional medicine at True Potential MD acknowledges that disease is often caused by the interaction of environment, genetics, lifestyle, and other important factors, many of which are within your control to some degree.

Functional medicine is essentially highly personalized care based on evolving research in genomics, epigenetics, and nutritional science. The objective is to use effective and low-risk interventions that positively modify cellular and molecular systems.

Functional medicine training and treatments focus on different systems of the body: gastrointestinal, immune, energy, detox, hormone, and cardiometabolic. 

The providers of True Potential MD utilize functional medicine to treat many conditions and complications, such as obesity, chronic pain, fatigue, autoimmune disease, neurological disorders, hormonal disorders, and mood disorders.

What does functional medicine involve?

Functional medicine can involve several tests, screenings, services, and treatments, such as:

  • Use of the latest advanced laboratory testing
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Lifestyle changes, such as nutritional counseling and regular exercise
  • Mindfulness and stress management 

With functional medicine, pharmaceutical medications can be combined with the use of botanical medicines, detoxification programs, stress-management techniques, supplements, and therapeutic diets.

Functional medicine can help treat underlying issues, such as:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Energy problems with the mitochondria (the powerhouses or engines of your cells)
  • Oxidative stress
  • Toxicity
  • Inflammation

Functional medicine at True Potential MD also zooms in on your digestive system, since gut dysbiosis or dysfunction often play a role in the development of diseases.

What are the advantages of functional medicine?

True Potential MD uses functional medicine due to the many benefits. 

With patient-centered functional medicine, your provider views your body as one interconnected system with all processes and parts that must work together harmoniously to achieve homeostasis. Conventional medicine is more based on compartmentalization into specialties. 

Conventional medicine often tries to suppress disease symptoms rather than getting to the root cause of the problem. The True Potential MD providers zoom in on what’s causing your symptoms to truly resolve the problem and enhance your health and wellness. 

Discover how functional medicine can benefit you, and call True Potential MD, or request an appointment using the online booking tool.