Dr. Musnick has over 20 years of experience practicing Functional Medicine
He is certified with the Institute for Functional Medicine
Dr. Musnick stays on the leading edge of this field by going to conferences, listening to webinars, and reading journal articles and books
He has written chapters in the Functional Medicine textbook as well as other books on nutrition and Functional Medicine
Since 2003, Dr. Musnick has been the organizer of the Sound Functional Medicine and Nutrition Group, which brings together practitioners to hear speakers talk on the latest developments in Functional Medicine
The Functional Medicine Approach
A Functional Medicine doctor takes an expanded history, uses specialized labs, and looks at the body as an integrated set of systems.
A Functional Medicine doctor will treat each person as an individual and not simply as a disease.
A Functional Medicine doctor will try to get at the root of the problem. In other words, look for underlying causes and dysfunction in tissues and organ systems.
A Functional Medicine doctor may recommend an approach that will help you with symptoms as well as the underlying cause so that you feel better, function better and may prevent further problems in the future.
A Functional Medicine approach is often effective for symptoms, syndromes or diseases that a conventional medicine approach has been ineffective for. Sometimes a conventional approach relies too heavily on drugs and does not get at the metabolic root of the problem. A Functional Medicine approach may be more effective, without as many side effects, and/or with a better long-term outcome.
Functional Medicine has unique approaches for:
- Age management
- Autoimmune disorders
- Bio-identical hormones
- Cholesterol and coronary artery problems
- Cognitive impairment and dementia
- Depression and anxiety
- Diabetes, type II
- Food allergies
- GERD and gastrointestinal disorders
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Neuropathy and other neurological disorders
- Testosterone, andropause and Low T
- Thyroid and Hashimoto Autoimmune Thyroiditis
- Weight management
In conventional medicine, organ systems may be seen as relatively separate. In Functional Medicine, organ systems are seen as interrelated to one another. Also, in a Functional Medicine approach, a patient is involved in decision-making regarding treatment options.
Functional Medicine Treatments
Functional Medicine treatment may include:
- Changes in your diet
- Improving sleep
- Use of supplements
- Stress management
- Focus on the gastrointestinal tract
- Focus on the liver
- Focus on the immune system
Treatment may include supplements or medications. Education about toxins and toxin avoidance or elimination, detoxification and biotransformation may be a part of your plan. Bio-identical hormones may be recommended. A Functional Medicine treatment plan may include a sequential plan with stages, goals and re-evaluation. You have a complete say in your treatment as well as evaluation with lab tests.
For more information on Functional Medicine go to www.functionalmedicine.org