I really enjoyed my conversation on the "Do Good" podcast recently which you can listen to here.
This was my 1st appearance on the Oxygen Addict triathlon podcast discussing Performance & Health in January 2020.
My 2nd appearance on the Oxygen Addict triathlon podcast in April 2020 to discuss how to train safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Institute for Functional Medicine established a task force to produce evidence based suggestions for reducing COVId 19 risk which can be found here.
A well curated site for COVID-19 resources from a functional medicine approach can be found here.
Whilst "Long COVID" will have a variety of presentations and contributing root causes in addition to the viral trigger many of these are ideally placed to be approached with a functional medicine framework seeking the individual key root causes and thereby developing an individualised treatment plan.
functional medicine may have the ability to improve global health - as reported in jama 25th october 2019
"The functional medicine model of care provides a unique operating system to reverse illness, promote health, and optimize function. ... Objective To assess the association between functional medicine and patient-reported HRQoL using Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) global health measures.25 Oct 2019"
This is a major & long overdue breakthrough for functional medicine as this report was published in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association, and one of the foremost medical journals in the world. This cohort study matched over 7000 patients treated either at the Cleveland Center for Functional Medicine or the Cleveland Clinic family health center.
The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine has surpassed all expectation since it was established 5 years ago amidst the campus of the word renowned Cleveland Clinic academic center. The related article in the Cleveland Press is worth a read. They saw over 27 000 patients last year from 900 in the 1st year & have expanded to 3 locations on the campus with other US academic centers looking to copy the model.
With high profile on this campus incorporation of the functional medicine clinical model within medical schools as the only feasible way to stem the tsunami of chronic disease is now inevitable. Other developed countries are sure to follow with hopefully the UK next in the wake. This approach incorporates the best of everything in medicine: a strong evidence base rooted in the basic sciences, seeking the root causes rather than symptom treatment only, combining clinical wisdom and the ultimate in patient centered care. It is the truest form of personalised and precision medicine talked about in mainstream medicine.
Beidelschies M, Alejandro-Rodriguez M, Ji X, Lapin B, Hanaway P, Rothberg MB. Association of the Functional Medicine Model of Care With Patient-Reported Health-Related Quality-of-Life Outcomes. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(10):e1914017. doi: https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.14017
The Ancestral Health Society goal is perfectly in step with the functional medicine approach to reversing the epidemic of chronic disease by identifying and correcting the root causes of disease whilst taking note of the lessons of our evolutionary biology as stated by the AHS:
"goal is to examine current health challenges through the context of our ancestral heritage. In modern science, evolution is the default perspective for inquiry, yet in modern healthcare, evolution is almost nowhere to be seen. The Ancestral Health Symposium is dedicated to providing a forum for sharing scientific theories about how diet, lifestyle, and environment can shape human health."
The various AHS symposium talks available on their website are fascinating & worst listing too for different perspectives on solving our health challenges.
"It’s true healthcare. Functional Medicine is a distinct medical model—separate and, as you’ll come to learn, vastly different from the conventional approach—one that promotes wellness and helps both prevent and treat chronic disease, the biggest health problem we face today. Although its concepts are not new, in this way, its approach is revolutionary. Functional Medicine is the future of medicine."
by Chris Kresser
He goes on to provide a great description in his blog post in July this year & well worth a read for a clear explanation.
Dr Rangan Chatterjee exposed the masses to the functional medicine approach to solving complex chronic medical conditions. Although the terms functional medicine were never used Dr Chatterjee has undergone training with the Institute of Functional Medicine and applied those principles throughout the TV series.