What is Functional Medicine?

gut health and mood video

I was honored to participate in NYC’s first Functional Forum event, where I had 12 minutes to express my thoughts and feelings about the “future of medicine”. I spoke about the experience of becoming a Functional Medicine practitioner, and also about what Functional Medicine can do for mental health. Here were some of the bulletpoints:

  • Conventional medicine is limited by the application of an acute care model to the management of chronic disease, a pill-per-disease paradigm, and neglect of powerful corruption and conflict of interest in the pharmaceutical realm.
  • Functional Medicine provides doctors a lens through which to look at the entire web of factors influencing health today: environmental toxins, food nutrient density, genetic individuality, and stress.
  • Applying our understanding of the role of misregulated inflammation and oxidative stress to mental health opens up our appreciation of the connectedness between immune, endocrine, and neurochemical systems.
  • Gut health is the most compelling place to start in restoring mental health – nutrient dense, non-toxic diet, relaxation response for optimal digestion, probiotic exposure, and mindful medication choices.
  • Functional medicine brings concepts like organ reserve, biochemical individuality, toxin mitigation, informed choice, and patient-centered care to a discussion that only has two words in it at this point – sick and drugs.

Enjoy the video, here, and more to come!

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About Dr. Kelly Brogan

KELLY BROGAN, MD, is a holistic psychiatrist, author of the New York Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your OwnOwn Your Self, the children’s book, A Time For Rain, and co-editor of the landmark textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression. She is the founder of the online healing program Vital Mind Reset, and the membership community, Vital Life Project. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Systems Neuroscience. She is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. Learn More