Integrative Functional Medicine
Integrative Functional Medicine in Tucson
Many people have heard about Integrative Functional Medicine. There is some overlap but also some differences. Integrative Medicine integrates conventional medical treatments with non- traditional treatments such as suggesting acupuncture as well as a prescription medicine for back pain. Integrative Medicine is usually practiced by an M.D. or a D.O. Functional Medicine is strongly based biochemical processes that underlie many chronic illnesses and nutritional treatments for those conditions. Functional Medicine was developed by primary care physicians to deal with the chronic health problems they saw every day in their practices such as Irritable Bowel syndrome or IBS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, cardiovascular problems and diabetes. There are special Functional Medicine tests for the GI tract, liver, and immune system which can be helpful in developing a treatment approach that usually does not involve medications.
In fact there is an Institute of Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor Washington. They do medical research and publish in major medical journals. They also develop medical foods for cholesterol, diabetes, inflammation and GI disorders that are used in clinical trials at major medical centers. These medical foods are used by Functional Medicine practitioners as part of an overall nutritional and lifestyle program for various chronic diseases. The Institute of Functional Medicine has conducted intensive training programs for doctors for the past 15 years. There is a major textbook of Functional Medicine that is now used in medical schools. The annual Symposium of Functional Medicine held in various locations in the U.S. draws up to 600 doctors and healthcare practitioners from all over the world.
Dr. Yost has graduated from the Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice training program which qualifies him to be listed on the Functional Medicine website Find a Practitioner section. He has given many grand rounds presentations on Functional Medicine at many Tucson hospitals over the past 14 years.