Why You Need A Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

Why You Need A Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

Harold spent thousands of dollars on out of pocket medical treatments trying to figure out what was making him sick. After years of multiple medical doctors, testing and prescription drugs, he thought he was just destined to live “sick.”

When he moved to the desert, he saw one of our events advertised, and thought, “What have I got to lose?” He attended our free event, and ultimately signed up for our program. His health improved dramatically, and as he continued through our program, the prescription drugs and their side effects disappeared from his daily routine and changed the course of his life.

You don’t have to take our word for it, listen to his testimonial here:

Harold’s story is not uncommon, many of our initial consults are spent listening to frustrated patients that know something is wrong with their body, but are unable to heal their symptoms through traditional medical options. They feel the journey has left them with zero zest for life, and they have zero zest for life, and are missing out on important time with family and friends.  Working with a functional medicine practitioner can change everything and give you back the life you deserve.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is a patient centered, integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Tools for healing through functional medicine include nutrition education, detoxification, hormone balancing, supplementation

coaching and mentoring, and lifestyle management. For example, stress management.  Simply, functional medicine finds the root of your illness and works to heal your body from the inside out. Addressing the root cause gives your body a greater chance to reverse illness or eliminating the condition.

What will a certified functional medicine practitioner do?

  • Test Multiple Body Systems
    A Functional Medicine approach to healing involves testing your body’s systems including hormonal, digestive, and blood – some tests can even be done in the privacy of your own home. Targeted lab testing will help assess how each system is working and where the imbalances are.
  • Target & focus on your “root cause”
    A great practioner will know how to uncover not only the internal imbalances through targeted testing, but also help you identify other factors that are limiting you. For example, lack of stress management at home or work, a recent change or transition such as divorce, death of a family member, or moving to a new home. 
  • Spend time with you & develop a plan of action
    First, your initial consultation with your certified functional medicine practitioner will not be a rushed 10 minutes where you rattle off all your symptoms and hope you covered everything. Instead, you might spend an hour discussing what’s going on in your life, how you are feeling, what ailments you are struggling with and reviewing any lab work you’ve brought with you.

This is one of the fundamental differences between traditional medical models and functional medicine. Healing you body takes time and commitment, from you and your practioner. This is how effective treatment plans are built, and how you will achieve the goals you are envisioning. 

If you are like Harold and feel frustrated just masking symptoms and not getting to the root of your illness, try a new approach. At Thrive Functional Wellness Center, we not only create a customized personal wellness plan to help you get your zest for life back, but we take you by the hand. We listen, and we provide you with tools that will help you succeed in regaining your health.

If you are ready to take the next step in your health journey, call us to schedule a consultation or attend one of our free seminars.

Click here to see our upcoming events. Call our office at 760-777-4177 or email us at lorrie.rappe@thrivefunctionalwellness.com.

Important Information: Dr. Rappe, D.C. is a certified functional medicine practitioner and is not a medical doctor. The information presented and/or supplements prescribed is not intended to take the place of your primary care physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss our information with your own primary care physician to determine what is right for you. All information obtained in our office, from our website, social media pages, private member groups, health coaching services or other communications is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice from your primary care physician or treatment for specific medical conditions. 



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