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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
A sustainable wellness, health and care model for
disease prevention and resolution
By Meleni Aldridge
BSc Nut Med, Dip cPNI,
Cert LTHFE, AFMCP
2011
Executive Coordinator,
Alliance for Natural
Health International
P
icture the scene.
Your water pipe
under the kitchen sink springs a leak, and there's water
flooding onto the kitchen floor. Do you a) search for the
leak and fix it? Or b) start mopping and keep buying
more mops because the water just keeps on coming? It's
a no brainer, right? We fix the leak, job done, problem
solved. So, when it comes to our healthcare, why do
we think it's OK for mainstream medicine to just keep
`mopping the floor'?
In Palaeolithic times our health challenges were
largely infectious or parasitic with lifespans around 20
years. Today, the scourge of modern life is chronic, rather
than acute, disease -- heart disease, cancer, diabetes,
obesity, Alzheimer's, autoimmune diseases, and so
on. We refer to them as chronic, because the onset of
symptoms is slow and progressive, the causes or triggers
being initiated years downstream. Whilst lifespans have
increased to around 80 years in most industrialised
countries, many people are anything but well in their last
decades of life. The utter shame of it is that the chronic
diseases that afflict so many of us during these later
years are, most often, preventable. These diseases can
be largely prevented, addressed or resolved by diet and
lifestyle interventions. Merely managing the symptoms
of chronic diseases with new-to-nature drugs, surgery
or radiation is basically just `floor-mopping' disease
management.
There is a dire need to break the stranglehold of
Big Pharma and dietetics to move from a disease care
model to one based on disease prevention, wellness
and individualised approaches, in which each person is
empowered to take responsibility for their own health
and care.