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JAMA study finds Functional Medicine Model Patient Outcomes Greater than Conventional Model Program


A new study just published in JAMA, a well respected, credible conventional medical journal, demonstrated what we in functional medicine have seen and known for a long time!  Patients in care using the systems biology approach to assessing imbalance and identifying root causes (ie the Functional Medicine model) were shown to have better outcomes acutely and outcomes that were more sustainable than patients under conventional care!  There are many reasons for the beneficial outcomes, including, but not exclusive of, the thorough intake and assessment and review of history and body systems, and lifestyle and more.  Let me help you optimize your health with a personalized program developed from YOUR story, your timeline, and from where you are now!

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