What is functional and integrative medicine? How can it impact disease prevention and help people beyond a cancer treatment?
Today’s podcast guest is Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel who is an expert in functional and integrative medicine. For those who are not familiar with this field, functional medicine is an area where practitioners attempt to identify and address the root cause of disease. It looks at the person as a whole, rather than a disease centric approach. Integrative medicine on the other hand not only uses functional medicine as a basis of treatment, it also takes into account the lifestyle of the person and so the benefits of areas such as nutrition, sleep, mindfullnes and movement may also be discussed on a one to one level.
Nina was diagnosed with breast cancer at 33 years, whilst she was still in medical training. During her treatment it became clear to her that there was a gap between the information that she needed in order to thrive post treatment and the information she was given. This fuelled her passion even more in this field which lead her into eventually leaving medicine and embracing integrative medicine full time.
We discussed both functional and integrative medicine in more detail and the reasons how it can be beneficial to patients. There is a lot of noise surrounding this field, and Nina also explains who can become a practitioner in this field and how to distinguish between those can practice legitimately.
It was a fascinating conversation and one that I am sure you will enjoy.
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