What Is Functional Medicine?

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: How can functional medicine help you live a longer and healthier life?
Air Date: 2/5/16
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Peter Osborne, DC
Peter-OsbourneDr. Peter Osborne is the clinical director of Origins Healthcare Center in Sugar Land, TX (just southwest of Houston). He is a doctor of chiropractic medicine and a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist. He is an expert in orthomolecular and functional medicine. He has been practicing since 2001. His clinical focus is the holistic natural treatment of chronic degenerative diseases with a primary focus on gluten sensitivity and food allergies. Dr. Osborne has helped thousands of patients recover from mysterious medical illnesses.

Doctor Osborne received his doctorate from Texas Chiropractic College. He has held faculty teaching positions at Texas Women’s University and HCC’s nursing program teaching Neurophysiology, Nutrition, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology. He lectures nationally to doctors on the topics of gluten sensitivity/intolerance, celiac disease, drug induced nutritional deficiencies, and many other nutritionally related topics. He is the co-founder of Nutra-MD, a nutritional supplement product line that addresses nutrient deficiencies caused by commonly prescribed medications. He is the host for the radio program Alternatives for Health & Wellness and the Executive Secretary for the American Clinical Board of Nutrition.

Dr. Osborne founded Gluten Free Society in 2010 to help educate patients and physicians on the far reaching effects of gluten sensitivity. He is the author of Glutenology, a series of books designed to help educate the world about gluten.
  • Book Title: No Grain, No Pain
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/GlutenFreeSociety
  • Guest Twitter Account: @Glutenology
What Is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is a medical approach that focuses on identifying the causes of disease rather than treating the symptoms.  

It seeks to understand the origins of chronic disease so that meaningful treatment and prevention methods can be developed and implemented.  

The functional medicine approach is a partnership between the patient and the doctor. The goal of this partnership is to bring the patient back to health as well as to teach the patient about the core principles of health maintenance and prevention.

Dr. Peter Osborne's approach is to treat the patient and identify the cause for their problem versus simply medicating symptoms. The only way success can be achieved is to educate the patient on why the illness exists in the first place. Mainstream medicine places the patient in the role of a victim. Functional medicine empowers the patient with education so that health can be restored.

Listen in as Dr. Osborne joins Dr. Susanne to share more about functional medicine and how it may help heal what ails you.