Functional medicine is a systematic approach to holistic healthcare that licensed medical providers of all kinds can assimilate into their practices. It’s a way to learn, simplify, and implement holistic patient care.
The term “functional medicine” is having a rebirth. It is what Naturopaths have been practicing all along: science-based individualized healthcare that understands all parts of the body/mind/spirit are connected, addresses the underlying cause of disease rather than focusing on symptom management, includes nutrition and lifestyle as primary therapies, and treats patients as people rather than as conditions.
The term is being adopted by practitioners of all kinds, including MD’s longing to practice more holistically. The Institute for Functional Medicine has relatively recently emerged and developed their own training program for practitioners to become “certified” in functional medicine. This is not an accredited medical training program, and there is no state or national board certification. Healthcare practitioners can complete IFM’s seminar program (a less than 20-day program), pass a test and list themselves as functional medicine practitioners on IFM’s website and as a means of marketing. Consumers need to be aware this is a short course in holistic medicine in comparison to the training Naturopathic physicians receive. Dr. Baker has completed 5 out of 20 days of IFM’s program and knows first-hand their material. It is well researched and well presented, but its seems more than any non-naturopathic practitioner new to functional medicine could ever fully absorb or effectively assimilate into practice. However, it is exciting to see so many different types of medical practitioners coming together with the same interest in and awareness of the complexity of health.
I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I am to be going to Dr. Emma Baker (and team, including Dr. Livengood). I’m impressed with the “bed-side” manners, that they care and are really taking my health seriously, as well as being more proactive than I’ve seen in a long time. I’m not just another patient in the “herd of cattle” being fed unnecessary medications either. I value natural health and they’re providing functional medicine in conjunction with it…my family and I highly recommend their team!
I have been a patient of Dr. Baker’s for several months now. In this short time she has conducted tests and asked questions regarding my individual health profile. Her thoroughness revealed important information about my specific body chemistry; its strengths and deficiencies. Dr. Baker then prescribed natural treatment options. The results have already made marked positive changes in my body’s function and I look forward to continued increases in general health, stamina, and libido. I have been able to come off synthetic hormones successfully and with dramatic positive healthful changes. I have lost ten pounds of extra weight and feel better than I have in years! I look forward to continuing my health’s improvement with Dr. Baker’s expertise.
In the six months prior to seeing Dr. Baker, I had 3 acute diverticulitis attacks…two of which landed me in the hospital for IV antibiotics as the oral antibiotics were not working anymore. I was looking at colon surgery. Dr. Baker was recommended to me and after seeing her, she put me on fairly strong probiotics and started me on a program…. I started on the program when I was fighting the attack (fever, abdominal pain, bloating, etc) and my body was able to fight it off without any prescriptions (for the first time ever). Since then, my colon (and body) just keep getting healthier and healthier. I don’t have the diverticulitis attacks or digestive issues I have had for so many years. Additionally, prior to this program, I was on high blood pressure prescriptions and high cholesterol prescriptions. Now I am off all prescriptions. I easily dropped 30 lbs. (without trying and without being hungry) and my labs are the best they have been in decades. I feel like a new woman with great energy and I have Dr. Baker’s wisdom and knowledge to thank for that!