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Functional medicine is a comprehensive approach to health and wellness incorporating lifestyle, diet, and specific diagnostic testing to help uncover root causes of illness. Diagnostic testing primarily focuses on hormone balance, including adrenal function, as well as digestive pathogens and food sensitivities.
Integrative medicine, like functional medicine, also incorporates lifestyle, diet, and diagnostic testing as an approach to health and wellness. In addition, integrative medicine expands on treatment and diagnostic testing to include environmental, nutritional, infectious, immune, and neurochemical evaluations for a wide array of health problems.
Both approaches have similarities, but for some practitioners their desire may be to incorporate a few integrative medicine treatments into their practice such as targeted nutritional therapy or adrenal testing, and not pursue a total transformation of their practice which is often the goal of functional medicine.
Other terms often used to describe functional and integrative medicine are complementary or alternative medicine. There is a lot of crossover between these terms so for our purposes here, we will simply use ‘Integrative Medicine’ to be inclusive of functional, complementary, and alternative medicine.
Neurological disorders are often chronic in nature. For example, Alzheimer’s disease is linked to biochemical imbalances now known to be linked to various inflammatory and oxidative stress problems. The use of convention medicine only works to slow the deterioration of this disease, but integrative medical approaches such as targeted nutrition and antioxidant therapies are often beneficial too in preventing Alzheimer’s cognitive deterioration.
Other brain and nervous system problems, including mental health issues, as well as autism-spectrum disorders, can be significantly helped with integrative medicine approaches such as testing for chronic infections, food sensitivities, and utilizing various nutritional therapies to deal with the underlying imbalances that are often at the root of these disorders.
Integrative medicine is well suited to help almost any type of health disorder whether it is physical, mental or emotional. In reality, there are not many circumstances in medicine and health where integrative medicine doesn’t have an answer both diagnostically and therapeutically. Conventional medicine excels in acute care medicine, i.e. lifesaving interventions and surgery. Unfortunately, it often falls short for many people with chronic illnesses such as autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, hormone imbalances, degenerative neurological problems, mental health challenges, etc.
IMA is a comprehensive online training site for a variety of courses in integrative medicine. What makes our courses unique is the in-depth material offered by practicing clinicians in their fields of specialty that are both informative and immediately applicable in clinical practice.
Each course comes with a number of support documents, i.e. protocol templates, patient handouts, as well as webinars and separate question and answer sessions all of which are recorded for later viewing. In addition, we offer ongoing access to the course instructor through our participant forum for added educational support outside of the scheduled Q&A sessions.
“I took Dr. Woeller’s Autism Mastery Treatment course to learn better ways to work with my clients. I am a therapist who sees many families struggling with autism in their children. Even though I am not a medical doctor I have seen integrative medicine treatments help so many of my families. Also, the biomedical interventions like the gluten and dairy free diet and methyl-B12 and others that Dr. Woeller’s teaches about have helped a lot with my own daughter. This course is perfect for anyone wanting more education about autism treatments without having to spend the frustrating time trying to do it all on your own.”
“Dr. Woeller’s Mastery Course for Autism Treatment has helped me so much in my attempt to treat my child. As a parent of a special needs child the amount of information on the internet is overwhelming and confusing. Dr. Woeller’s ability to explain biomedical treatments in an easy to understand way is so helpful for a parent such as myself who is not a doctor.”
“I took Dr. Woeller’s Mastery Course on Biomedical Treatments for Autism to gain a better understanding of this complex area of medicine. The information I gained in a very short period of time was well worth effort. Dr. Woeller’s does a great job providing clinically relevant information which can immediately be done in the practice setting. This information has already helped me with many of my patients.”
“I have followed Dr. Woeller’s work over the years with regards to medical treatment or autism. His Mastery Autism course material was well organized and perfect for a busy practitioner who doesn’t have years to spend learning this material. I find the case studies very helpful and Dr. Woeller’s ability to help troubleshoot patient scenarios was really great. I would highly recommend this course for anyone currently working with or wanting to help those with autism-spectrum disorders.”