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Functional Medicine for Cancer and Chronic Disease

What is Functional Medicine?
At Synergy Lifestyle Medicine in Mesa, Arizona, we utilize functional medicine to treat cancer and other chronic diseases. Functional medicine is more of a philosophical approach to how we treat cancer, rather than a specific group of treatments.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can
adjust my sails to always reach my destination

– Jimmy Dean

Functional medicine seeks to treat the underlying cause of a disease and not simply its symptoms. It transitions us from the limits of merely managing illness to cultivating real health. We strive to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery to facilitate the inherent self-healing process.

At Synergy, we treat the whole person by taking into account these elements – including physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and spiritual factors. We educate our patients and encourage self-responsibility for health.

We recognize and respect the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. We partner with each patient to address their individual needs and specific concerns.

Sources of Stress that Need to Be Addressed

Functional medicine is the evolution of conventional medicine in that it better addresses the health care needs of people in our modern world. We are bombarded with numerous stressors in our everyday lives:

  • Relationship stress with our significant other, family and friends
  • Workplace stress from management bureaucracy, coworker misunderstandings, etc.
  • Financial stress amid struggling to meet daily expenses and get ahead of the never-ending stream of bills
  • Environmental stress from toxins and various lifestyle factors
  • Toxic fumes from carbon monoxide and industrial by-products such as paints, solvents, cleaning compounds and even colognes and perfumes
  • Electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) from being in constant contact with computers, cellphones (and cellphone towers), large-screen TVs, tablets and microwaves
  • Nutrition deficiency due to a diet of foods lacking nutritional value while laden with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives
  • Pesticides and herbicides that seep into the soil and into our food sources
  • Physical drain even amid decreased activity and exercise and a sedentary lifestyle
  • Sleep insufficiency along with insomnia and disrupted sleep cycles
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What Is Functional Medicine?

“Functional medicine is considered the future of medicine and seeks to recognize a person’s innate ability to heal.”

The Benefits of Functional Medicine for Cancer Treatment

We strive to utilize natural methods and medical treatments that minimize the risk of harmful side effects
We acknowledge and work with an individual’s natural ability to heal. We emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease. Then, we make appropriate interventions in partnership with the patient.

In other words, functional medicine helps prevent some diseases due to early treatment and lifestyle modifications. The patient will also not suffer the same health setbacks that they would with the harsher substances and methods traditionally used to treat cancer and other health diseases. In short, functional medicine puts the patient in the driver’s seat of their own health and healing.

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About Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is a simple, yet complex medical concept.

Learn more about this approach to treatment by reading our answers to a few frequently asked questions:

Which health conditions benefit from functional medicine?

Functional medicine is highly effective with autoimmune conditions and boosting the immune system. A weakened immune system can result in infectious diseases and cancer.

These are just of a few of the health conditions that tend to respond well to functional medicine:

  • Acne
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Brain Health (Focus, Cognition, Memory)
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Detoxification and Healing
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Disorders (IBD, IBS, GERD/Reflux)
  • Eczema/Psoriasis
  • Elevated Cholesterol
  • Environmental and Food Allergies
  • Fatigue
  • Female Disorders (PMS, Menopause, Infertility, PCOS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Healthy Aging
  • Healthy Weight and Metabolism
  • Heart Health
  • Hormone Balance
  • Low Testosterone
  • Mercury and Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • Metabolic Syndrome, Pre-Diabetes, Insulin Resistance
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Thyroid and Adrenal Disorders

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Who benefits from functional medicine?

Functional medicine tends to help people from many walks of life. In particular, it tends to get the best response among the following types of people:

  • Those who are battling chronic diseases and need more personalized solutions
  • Cancer patients who have not responded well to traditional clinical treatments
  • Those who have cancer in remission and are looking to prevent it from coming back
  • People whose lifestyles put them at risk of chronic disease, such as heart disease

This approach to care can even help with weight control and mental health issues. Functional medicine helps revamp one’s entire lifestyle, so there are many conditions that can be improved (or avoided) the longer the patient continues with the treatment.

What are your alternative therapies used in functional medicine?

We use a variety of alternative holistic therapies to help aid the recovery process.

  • Infrared Sauna
  • Myofacial Release
  • Colon Hydrotherapy
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Coffee Enemas
  • Probiotic Implants
  • Enzyme Therapy

Why isn’t functional medicine covered under insurance?

While the types of treatments that we deliver have been available in the U.S. for years, they still represent an emerging or non-conventional area of medicine. Therefore, insurance coverage for these procedures is generally not accepted by most insurance carriers.

However, some medications, labs and treatments are partially reimbursed and can be submitted for consideration of partial reimbursement.

How do I get started with functional medicine?

Contact Synergy Lifestyle Medicine to schedule an appointment today. We would love to sit down with you for as long as 2 to 3 hours to get to know what ails you, what kind of care you’ve already received, your lifestyle background and all other relevant info you can share with us.

From there, we can offer specific recommendations and deliver treatments that acutely address your unique health problems.

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