What’s The Difference Between Functional Medicine and Allopathy

The truth about our childhood is stored up in our body, and although we can repress it,

we can never alter it.

Our intellect can be deceived,

our feelings manipulated,

our perceptions confused

and our body tricked with medication.

But some day the body will present its bill,

for it is as incorruptible as a child who, still whole in spirit, it will accept no compromises or excuses,

and it will not stop tormenting us

until we stop evading the truth.

Alice Miller

 

A key catchphrase on the scene these days is “functional medicine.”  To fully understand it, you have to look at some polarities between allopathy (literally “other suffering”) and the definition of functional medicine. The latter termed as medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs.

William Cole, a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine writes, “Traditionally a medical doctor uses drugs or hormones as therapeutic tools to deal with dysfunction or disease. For various conditions including low thyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and so on, the standard model of care is generally all the same. Your general practitioner could decide to treat you, or could elect to refer you to a specialist. A GP and specialist have access to the same basic tool: medication. The training in the standard model of care is to diagnose a disease and match that disease with a corresponding drug. The standard model of care works well for acute diseases, trauma, infection, and emergencies. Sadly, it fails miserably in the care of the chronic diseases that affect over 125 million Americans.”

As a baseline, look at the study of allopathic or conventional medicine. There is little research investment into nutrition, supplementation, or courses in preventative medicine. If you suffer a symptom, you’re provided a course of treatment that either suppresses it with a chemical drug, with side effects, or cuts it out with surgery. Palliation is the name of the game which is defined as treating the symptoms without addressing the underlying cause.

It’s actually interesting if you look at their tools of learning. Cutting up cadavers for study, or sending off dead, dried up samples of blood to be examined under the microscope is not functional at all, but a result of a “dead science.”  I just want to point out here that you’re a living being, imbued with a soul, spirit and the motile capacity to actually get well. Shouldn’t you be treated as such?!

Also, this mostly patriarchal approach keeps the patient in the role more traditionally as an invalid. Just because you’re sick, temporarily, doesn’t mean your mind and sense of self isn’t to be wholly respected in the process. However, I’ve treated patients for a decade and a half for the shock of being treated marginally during the rendering of an allopathic diagnosis. Being told you have a life-threatening disease with just 6 months to live is a debilitating event throwing the immune function for a loop … the terror debilitating in itself. Also such a prognosis is often static with no room for improvement, the drug protocols and side-effects often eternal.  

Having to take a medicine for the rest of your life isn’t functional. It’s a life-long sentence. Long-term health freedom doesn’t look like this. When will you ever get to hold your God-given reins for your health again?!

Alternatively, functional medicine (aka Heilkunst) is imbued with principles much older than allopathy. Dr. Hahnemann discovered the principles for homeopathic medicine in the late 1700’s. By removing the disease cause, the body will “functionally” restore its God-given functionality. It’s that simple. Laws of cure, like cures like, cause no harm, and is functionally effective. See the study on homeoprophylaxis in Cuba for leptospirosis.

Here are seven key principle markers that you’re in the office of a functional medicine specialist:

  • Your chief and past complaints are captured and used on your behalf for your treatment. All present symptoms are explained so that you understand why they are occurring and what their roots are. Diagnosis means “through knowing” and you must benefit from this knowledge so that you can ultimately choose to take responsibility for your suffering. Therapeutic Education is one third the jurisdictions of Heilkunst or functional medicine.
  • Your diet, sleep, exercise, water and supplement intake are factored into your dynamic assessment. Regimen represents another third of your Heilkunst treatment.
  • Detoxification protocols are an instrumental part of a true functional medicine approach. Chelation therapy for reducing heavy metals, detoxing organs like the liver, lymphatic and urogenital system is a big part of Heilkunst Medicine. Our Drainage and Organ Support Combination remedies are key for helping the body function more optimally while we de-traumatize one timeline event each month. This includes detoxification for any drugs you’re still taking or have taking in the past, again, using the principles of like cures like. Drugs have even shown up in the DNA of patients offspring. For example my own mother’s Lithium prescribed in the 1960’s showed up in my body over thirty years later. This has far-reaching ethical implications for our ultimate autonomy and health.
  • You’re supported by your typologies (blood type, constitutional prescribing, and exercise typologies … ie. O blood types need significant cardio while A blood types do better with a walk and some yoga) while being functionally treated for your timeline of traumas (in reverse order), including your inherited, genetic predisposition for disease. By peeling the onion, again functionally, you get to the root causes of your chronic disease matrices.
  • By preventing the re-infection for limiting states of mind through Wilhelm Reich’s approach to Character Analysis, we functionally help you prevent these issues from ever infecting your organism again. Without exception, all disease start in the mind!
  • With knowledge of the Chthonic and Ideogenic Realms we can help those more difficult cases suss out the more spiritual imbued beliefs that manifest as earthly fears, terrors and deeply held anger. This more biographical counselling includes functional medical protocols beyond what any other systems of medicine offer.
  • Diagnostic tools such as live blood analysis (not dead cell analysis) can indicate your progress at a cellular level. Also, each monthly follow-up the patient will report how their feeling on that next set of timeline remedies they took in addition to further changes in supplementation or regimen. Health is not just an absence of symptoms. Sometimes patients have a fever and then their health is restored in ways they’ve not yet experienced before.

Through the above process YOU get to live your restoration to health and answer the questions, “Why did I get sick in the first place?”  and “What can I do to prevent this from ever happening again?” The idea being that if I got myself unconsciously into this mess, I can consciously get myself out of it. The only limitations being tissue damage like diabetes, the use of a pacemaker, or a mastectomy for example. However, in many cases we can help to functionally restore health so that these diseases don’t keep spawning further symptoms.

Michael J. Lincoln wrote in his book, Messages From the Body, “Bodily functioning is a continuous adaptation process to the external environment operated by the brain, which in turn reflects the contents of the mind and the emotions. The key factor in the maintenance of bodily health is the immune system, which is controlled by the brain via neural connections, chemical reactions, neurotransmitters, lymphocytes, neurohormones, endorphins, and the like. Through these linkages, what is going on in your consciousness is continuously affecting your body and vice versa. In many ways, the body and the mind imitate and imprint each other. Ultimately, of course, consciousness underlies and is the final determinant of everything, and the body reflects this vividly.”

Functional Medicine does not look at your body as a static thing, or does it pronounce static diagnoses or prognoses on you. There must be functional wiggle room for you to grow and change. You’ve done this dynamically from birth and so a diagnosis should help you find the instruments for health, not cement you to a static life-sentence.

Check out our testimonials from our patients for more on how this functional approach to medicine has affected some of the folks we’ve served:

Sources:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/179561.Reclaiming_Our_Health

https://www.amazon.com/Physician-Medicine-Unsuspected-Battle-Freedom/dp/1571741682

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6014/The-5-Principles-of-Functional-Medicine.html

https://www.ifm.org/functional-medicine/what-is-functional-medicine/

http://drhyman.com/about-2/about-functional-medicine/

https://homeopathiceducation.com/dynamiclegacy.pdf

 

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