Why Is Functional Medicine So Powerful?

At Dr. Barbara NP by Anthea Health, I believe health is wealth, and everyone deserves vibrant health.

Unfortunately, the conventional medical system wasn't designed for creating & maintaining vibrant health... it was born out of the need for acute care interventions (think fractures, car accidents, and the like).

In a time where chronic wellness issues threaten to bankrupt millions of families and entire countries, we need an altogether different approach that cost-effectively addresses the underlying factors that create disease... without expensive and toxic prescription drugs that merely mask symptoms.

This new approach is called functional medicine.

It's not entirely new... it's how medicine was practiced 4000 years ago.

What's new is that we have brought advanced lab testing and a keen systems-biology approach to medicine – which is short for looking at the body as a system of interconnected organs that need to play in perfect sync to function optimally. That's what coined the term "Functional Medicine" because, ultimately, it's about restoring proper function to all the body's systems.

A good analogy is your car: For your car to get optimal mileage, you need to maintain it consistently: Change the motor oil, change spark plugs, keep it shined to prevent rusting, and take it to the body shop when the "Check Engine" light is on, fill it up with the appropriate fuel.

That's exactly how to approach your body with functional medicine... it's not about what to do when your body is broken. It's about maintaining proper health in the first place and preventing the body from breaking down.

Key Aspects Of Functional Medicine

Caring for your health correctly is more than just the basics of eating right and exercising. Current medical research has discovered that the body is a complex collection of organs, systems, and even bacterial colonies (the microbiome) that significantly impact each other.

While the standard of care hasn’t entirely “caught up” yet with most of the current science, conventional doctors and “specialists” still treat parts of the body separately – without considering that all these areas significantly impact each other.

When you are healthy, they work together like a symphony in perfect harmony – and you have vibrant health. But when one of these systems is off-balance, the symphony is out of tune! When you need a “tune-up,” so to speak, not only do you need to look at areas that aren’t working right... but also whether the rest of your body is in balance.

Sadly, most patients receive instead medications to treat symptoms associated with a body part that “isn’t working.” All too often, it’s a systemic issue that needs to be treated entirely differently.

In addition, the conventional medical approach also doesn’t consider that each person is born with unique health needs Based on their genetic factors, the environment they were born into, what kinds of bacteria populate their gut, and what they are exposed to as they grow – each person’s body has a unique health profile which means they need an equally unique healing protocol.

No wonder people go from doctor to doctor and never find the answers to their illnesses!

Conventional medicine is missing the mark when it comes to effectively treating many chronic illnesses caused by aging, environment and diet, hormonal imbalances, and food sensitivities because they try to treat symptoms with medication.

In fact, I find with my patients that while they may share the same symptoms, they frequently suffer from very different imbalances!

That’s why at Dr. Barbara NP by Anthea Health, I follow a modern functional medicine approach uniquely equipped to resolve chronic wellness issues once and for all... without requiring lifelong dependence on toxic or expensive prescription drugs. It incorporates advanced functional lab testing and relies on current nutritional science to help you rebalance and finally heal.

This in-depth approach is the only successful way of treating chronic disorders because most chronic illnesses have many causes brought on by modern lifestyle choices.

Instead of simply addressing different symptoms across separate areas, functional medicine seeks to treat the underlying root cause – while looking at lifestyle factors such as diet, environment, emotional health, and mindset that usually bring on the illness patients seek to heal.

At Dr. Barbara NP by Anthea Health, my programs are a more comprehensive form of care (along with health coaching) to help patients learn lifelong skills to upgrade their lifestyle – so they don’t remain stuck in the “chronic illness hamster wheel.”

Here are just some of the things I focus on in my program:

  • I prioritize quality over quantity with my patients. I will only make a medical diagnosis after listening carefully to a patient’s medical history, reviewing testing, looking at lifestyle factors materially contributing to illnesses, and then making a personalized recommendation based on each patient’s unique situation.
  • Assessment, natural healing, and prevention are prioritized over wait-and-see treatment approaches.
  • The most modern and advanced medical equipment available is used along with natural forms of healing like upgrading your diet and healing herbs or supplementation with fewer or no side effects.
  • Patients are taught how to take a more active role in their health and will learn up-to-date nutritional science & lifestyle modifications that can boost their health and overall wellness for a lifetime.
  • Instead of relying on being prescribed medications again and again for temporary relief, functional medicine provider Barbara Winges Conflitti at Dr. Barbara NP by Anthea Health diagnoses problems holistically and arms patients with the modern tools for healthy living.

Conditions Treated

Since the founding of her practice, Dr. Barbara Winges Conflitti has helped patients heal from life-altering conditions such as:

  • Digestive Disorders (GERD, heartburn, IBS, SIBO, Diverticulosis)
  • Autoimmune Conditions (IBD, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Eczema, Hashimoto’s Disease, Environmental and Food Allergies)
  • Hormonal Imbalances (Feeling “tired & wired,” Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, PCOS, PMS, Hot Flashes, Painful Periods, Mood Swings, Headaches/Migraines)
  • Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance, Obesity & Dyslipidemia
  • Energy Issues, Stress & Chronic Pain (Chronic Fatigue, Adrenal Issues, Fibromyalgia etc.)
  • Cognitive Issues (SCI/MCI, “Brain Fog,” Memory Issues, Alzheimer’s Disease, etc.)
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Hypertension
What Is Functional Medicine?

Your Next Best Steps

Unlike conventional insurance-based medicine, I carefully evaluate a patient's case before I agree to take them on as a client.

This is in the best interest of both you and me because I want to ensure I can help you restore vibrant health.

To get started, sign up for a free discovery call so I can evaluate whether partnering with Dr. Barbara NP by Anthea Health is the best next step for you.

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