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functional medicine

As a practitioner of functional medicine, David “Dr. Dave” Larson at SourceMD: Integrated Wellness Solutions values a holistic patient-centered approach that treats you as an active health care partner. Dr. Larson spends extensive time with each patient, listening to their concerns, and learning about lifestyle habits that can be improved to restore their health and enhance the quality of their life. To schedule a meet-and-greet, call the office in Encinitas, California, or book an appointment online.

What is functional medicine?

A quick explanation of functional medicine would say that it’s a way of practicing medicine that’s dedicated to finding the true root cause of your symptoms, then providing individualized treatment targeted to address and resolve problems at the source, often reversing chronic diseases that we previously thought were incurable. How to accomplish that, however, is at the heart of practicing functional medicine.

Dr. Larson at SourceMD: Integrated Wellness Solutions supports your wellness and prevents disease through lifestyle interventions that nurture optimal health.

He devotes extra time to understand how your genetics, physiology, and lifestyle variables interact to cause health problems.

Every thread of this complex web of variables must be identified to get to the root of your health issues. Then Dr. Larson develops a treatment plan that addresses each contributing factor.

Why does functional medicine focus on finding the true cause of illness and disease?

Conventional medical practitioners typically assess your symptoms, order lab tests if needed, then make a diagnosis. Then they prescribe treatment based on the approved clinical guidelines for that diagnosis.

Sometimes that approach is successful, but it faces a few significant problems. First, many physical and lifestyle factors influence illnesses and diseases.

For example, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever and get relief from a headache. But if stress, preservatives, or a jaw disorder, causes your headache, it will keep coming back.

That’s because a pain reliever treats the symptom, not the true cause of the problem. Getting to that underlying cause is the basis of functional medicine.

Another problem with the conventional approach of treating a diagnosis with the standard protocol is this: Everyone responds differently based on their lifestyle, environment, and genetics.

Two people with the same diagnosis can get the same treatment, but due to these variables, the treatment may work for one and not the other. As a functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Larson prevents this problem with specialized genetic testing.

What types of treatments does functional medicine use?

Functional medicine at SourceMD: Integrated Wellness Solutions embraces integrative options, which means your plan may include therapies from conventional, traditional, or alternative medicine. Your treatment may include:

  • Specialized Testing, including testing for:
  • Leaky Gut
  • Food allergies and food sensitivities
  • Comprehensive stool studies to evaluate how well you digest food, the health of your microbiome, and assess for any infection with parasites, bacteria, or overgrowth of fungi such as candida.
  • Salivary hormone testing to evaluate how resilient you are to stress (Cortisol awakening response), as well as the overall health of your HPA (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal) Axis.
  • Testing for heavy metals such as Mercury
  • Personalized micronutrient testing to evaluate your specific nutrient needs.
  • Breath testing to evaluate for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Exercise and movement
  • Stress management
  • Help for sleep issues
  • Meditation (Muse™ The Brain Sensing Headband)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Conventional medications
  • Technological tools to make wellness medicine more precise

To learn how functional medicine can support your health, call SourceMD: Integrated Wellness Solutions, or book an appointment online. As a concierge practitioner, Dr. Larson also welcomes you to schedule a meet-and-greet so he can explain the practice and answer your questions.