LIVE WELL PODCAST | EPISODE 15 - What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is a branch of medicine focused on getting to the root cause of illness. Instead of simply asking “what disease do you have?” functional medicine practitioners also want to know why you have it.
Join me and Kristen Brown, ARNP as we explain the functional medicine approach and how it might help you with your chronic illness. Kristen provides functional medicine care at Altheda Health and is a Nurse Practitioner with years of clinical experience in functional medicine, urgent care, women’s health, and family medicine. As a graduate of The Institute for Functional Medicine Certification Program (IFMCP), Kristen Brown is uniquely trained in the Functional Medicine model to identify and treat the root causes of chronic disease.
Kristen’s interest in functional medicine began even before she knew the name for it. Coming from a family with several members suffering with the symptoms of hypothyroidism, type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease, she wanted to be proactive and live in better health. This sparked her quest to improve her lifestyle and diet to help prevent these diseases in herself and to make positive changes to influence the health of her family.
Kristen is passionate about helping people suffering with autoimmune disorders, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, emotional eating disorders, and weight loss. She most enjoys working with daring patients willing to seek out and challenge the root cause of their illness.
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0:46 Introducing Kristen Brown, ARNP founder of Altheda Health
2:44 Kristen speaks about her path to functional medicine
4:44 What is Functional Medicine?
“It’s not what do you have but why do you have it?”
6:15 Typical day at a family practice clinic vs. functional medicine practice
8:40 What is the functional medicine approach to autoimmune disease?
Focus on shutting down immune responses
Inflammation contributes to 85% of our chronic conditions
10:40 Common sources of inflammation
Food sensitivities or allergies
12:00 Difference between food allergies and food sensitivities
15:20 What is functional medicine’s role in the care team?
Coordinating care with other practitioners
Support (pep squad!)
20:30 A typical functional medicine visit?
Create a plan of action
26:00 How to contact Kristen at Altheda Health
The Institute for Functional Medicine is a great place to find a practitioner in your zip code
28:20 Piece of advice from Kristen
“When you know better, do better. When you don’t, do better and ask yourself why.”
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