A named disease or syndrome such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome might be visible above the surface, but according to Functional Medicine, the cause(s) and contributing factors lie in the altered physiology below the surface. Almost always, the causative factors of the disease and its symptoms are underlying dysfunction and/or imbalances of bodily systems.
Traditional health care rarely leads to long-term relief and vibrancy. Identifying and treating the underlying root cause or causes, as Functional Medicine does, has a much better chance to successfully resolve a patient’s health challenge.
Through advanced laboratory testing and thorough examination of the brain, nervous and musculoskeletal systems along with additional assessments of the hormone system, digestive system, immune system, and the overall metabolic system of the patient allows Dr. Levingston to reach a functional diagnosis. This diagnosis allows Dr. Levingston to determine the best course of treatment methodologies that will treat the underlying cause(s) of the patient’s chronic health challenge.