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Functional Medicine may be just what you are looking for

I am a Functional Medicine physician. I use Functional Medicine every day to optimize the health and well-being of my clients, yet many of my clients aren't familiar with the term "Functional Medicine". It's time to change that!

Functional Medicine practitioners promote wellness by focusing on the fundamental underlying factors that influence every patient’s experience of health and disease. 

Modern Western medicine does a really good job with medical emergencies. If you've sustained an injury, suffered a heart attack or stroke, or have a serious infection, modern medicine has the tools, technology and ongoing research to take care of your immediate need.

In my opinion, modern Western medicine falls short with it's current approach to chronic disease. With the emphasis on technology and promotion of pharmaceutical therapies, modern Western medicine has lost "the basics". The system is so focused on pills to treat your symptoms that it no longer asks the most basic question:

Funtional Medicine Carin Nielsen MD
"What are the root causes of your symptoms?"

Functional Medicine asks this question and more.
  • What is going on under the surface?
  • What happened "upstream" to cause this "downstream" effect?
  • Where is the underlying imbalance?

Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among each patient's genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence their long-term health and development of chronic disease.  Functional Medicine recognizes that the factors underlying disease are unique from person to person, and that optimal health and well-being can only be achieved by examining the person as a whole, rather than just treating a symptom.

Functional Medicine is Integrative Medicine

Functional Medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “complementary” therapies. The focus is not on diagnoses/labels but on prevention, wellness and balance. Some of the tools I use every day in my office include:
  • personalized nutrition, diet, and exercise recommendations
  • state-of-the art laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques
  • prescription medication and/or botanical medicines
  • evidence-based supplements and therapeutic diets
  • detoxification programs
  • stress-management techniques 

Do you feel your healthcare needs are not being met?  Do you have unanswered questions?  Are you looking for healthcare that involves more than a prescription pad?  Are you looking for tools to help you achieve optimal health and well-being?

Functional Medicine may be just what you are looking for.

For more information please visit my website or send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also learn more by visiting the Institute for Functional Medicine's website

Carin Nielsen, MD

I use an Integrative/Functional Medicine approach with my patients to treat a variety of chronic medical conditions. Treating symptoms and chronic disease simply by prescribing medication doesn't address the underlying factors that contributed your problems in the first place, and is not likely to provide lasting results. My approach involves getting "under the surface" to find and correct underlying imbalances. If you are interested in learning more or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231-638-5585.
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