Is it possible that the Fountain of Youth has been inside of you all along? Our health and life longevity have been linked to a full circle of lifestyle choices, medicinal practices, and mindful dieting. From the teachings of ancient healers to modern day doctors we are now realizing that there is a common message that spreads throughout history when it comes to aging and health. This message is that of preventive care.
As the knowledge of doctors and medical practitioners evolves with technology the application of functional medicine, which focuses on finding the root of a symptom and understanding how to respond according to the natural causes and effects throughout the body. Becoming aware of our own body and its self regulating process through homeostasis helps the patient realize that they have the power to their own health and longevity.
The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
As seen on their website, the Institute for Functional Medicine states the following.
“Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.
A diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression”
To slow the aging process and increase the longevity of our lifespan is the highest level of preventive medicine.
The body is constantly responding to everything we come into contact with. For example, When you are hot your body will produce sweat to cool itself down. This type of self regulating behavior in the body is called Homeostasis. Whether you realize it or not your body is a full time medical practitioner. The more an individual becomes aware of their own body and how it responds, the easier it is for that individual to know if something does or does not feel right to them. Homeostasis sometimes can be the first signs of a symptom and the best preventive care practice a person can become aware of.
As doctors also help to create more awareness around functional medicine, homeostasis in the body, and new technological advances they will be able to offer specific knowledge and applications that will successfully help prevent health issues and aging for their patients.