The way most doctors practice medicine right now is not working. Medical students are trained to see the body as a collection of isolated parts instead of one whole system. The organism is thus treated as a mechanical entity - and instead of looking for the cause of illness, rather the symptom is addressed - leading to more side effects caused by drugs and systemic organism collapse. The ensuing move toward medical specialization—organizing medicine by organs and diseases, by location and symptoms—is flawed and, as a result, modern medicine is at a breaking point. Not only does this hyper-focused approach to medicine dehumanize patients but is also ensures enormous health care costs. We know, for instance, that medical specialists hospitalize more patients, write more prescriptions, and order more tests than primary care physicians. However, more spending rarely equates to better patient outcomes, as seen by the many spectacular failures after enormous cost which is simply shrugged off as unfortunate. 

Functional Medicine is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing on the bio-chemically unique aspects of each patient or client, and then individually tailoring interventions or protocols to restore physiological, psychological, and structural balance, leading to total organism wellness. 

Functional Medicine focuses on understanding the fundamental physiological processes, the environmental inputs, and the genetic predispositions that influence health and disease so that interventions are focused on treating the cause of the problem, not just masking the symptoms. 

There are seven basic principles underlying functional medicine which include the following: 

·     Science-based medicine (natural an allopathic) that connects the emerging research base to clinical practice. 

·     Biochemical individuality based on genetic, dietary and environmental uniqueness. 

·     Patient-centered care rather than disease-focused treatment. 

·     Dynamic balance of internal and external factors that affect total functioning. 

·     Web-like interconnections among the body's physiological processes that affect every aspect of functionality. 

·     Wellness as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease. 

·     Promotion of organ reserve through holistic interventions.

At Nu-Life Wellness this philosophy is adhered to in striving for optimal health for our clients. We treat people - not disease, causes, not symptoms. Functional Medicine is thus a symbiotic synergy between all the factors and processes that the human organism displays. To this end we utilize counseling techniques, questionnaires, observation, history amongst other is order to determine exactly the cause of illness. This process allows for correct diagnosis of the underlying problems and correct those at the root cause.