Functional Medicine is a way of looking at the different systems of the body as a whole and providing targeted support as needed to restore optimal function. This method utilizes modern clinical tools such as blood chemistry testing, stool testing or saliva testing to screen for a wide variety of factors which may be working to push a person out of balance or toward disease. It is important to understand that a symptom a person is experiencing could very well have roots in seemingly unrelated areas of the physiology. And further yet, a person experiencing many symptoms might very well have one common root cause which has not yet been discovered. This is where Functional Medicine shines. We are not in the business of diagnosing disease. Rather the goal is to identify key mechanisms in that person which are driving the progression of the disease.