Traditional medicine is extremely important for diagnosis and treatment of acute conditions. For example, when a diabetic walks in with high blood sugar numbers, we have to conduct blood tests and start insulin treatment right away to contain the immediate dilemma. Similarly, an osteoporotic comes in with a fracture. The patient needs surgical repair of the fracture and later treatment of osteoporosis with all that is available.
But … after the sugars are controlled or as the osteoporosis is being treated, we have to teach the patient how to take care of illness long term, with good food choices, lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, and strengthening exercise. Better still, we have to instill this salubrious lifestyle mindset in patients *before* the onset of these afflictions in order to prevent them.
Conventional medicine by itself does not provide the complete set of tools to understand and treat disease. It needs to be part of a more integrated approach that combines traditional and functional medicine. While traditional medicine is extremely important for diagnosis and acute care treatment, functional medicine is like an insurance against the onset of disease, and in the event that a disease does occur, it complements conventional treatments, and can even reverse the condition.
Functional medicine makes people feel better, as it is mild, natural, nutrient driven, and without adverse side-effects.