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  • Writer's pictureScotti McLaren

About Functional Medicine

A science-based, science-focused approach to health.

Functional Medicine aims to restore optimal health by identifying and addressing the root causes of illness, rather than a focus on symptoms.

The focus of Functional Medicine includes:

  • The underlying factors of disease

  • Prevention

  • Individual optimal health

The approach is holistic, recognising the dynamic balance between the interconnected bodily systems, and the biochemical individuality of each person.


One condition ... Many causes. One cause ... Many conditions.

A disease may have multiple causes. Depression, for example, may have many causes, inflammation being one.

Inflammation can be triggered by factors such as hypothyroidism or deficiency of omega-3 or vitamin D, among many others.

Meanwhile, one cause may trigger many conditions.

Inflammation may lead to various diseases, one of which is depression.

How these factors will affect an individual depends on genetics, environment, health history, diet and lifestyle. By targeting the underlying causes, a nutritional intervention aims to achieve more than just suppressing symptoms.

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