What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is a growing movement in the health care system. Many different types of practitioners can seek additional training in functional medicine, which aligns with emerging integrative and holistic approaches to treatment. Functional medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. This creates opportunities for different providers to collaborate in order to create the best care for patients. For example, a functional medicine physician might partner with an acupuncturist and a registered dietitian nutritionist to create a functional medicine practice. Many providers can use this approach as a stand-alone, and it essentially means that the work is informed by a holistic approach and often uses specific laboratory tests to determine which course to take. Functional medicine often considers lifestyle influences, genetics, and the environment. Often times this course is considered non-traditional, or off the beaten path. However, functional medicine approaches are making their way into mainstream medicine, as evidence the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.

What is a Functional Medicine Nutritionist?

A functional medicine nutritionist is an individual who works alongside a functional medicine team, or can operate independently. It can be a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) but there are many other kinds of nutritionists who use this approach. The largest organization of RDNs in this specialty is known as Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, which Nutrition in Recovery founder David Wiss is proud to be a member! Mr. Wiss presented for this group at the Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo in 2019. The key tenets of functional nutrition are the same: to take a holistic and passionate approach to health and healing by tailoring treatments to address an individual’s unique needs. A functional nutritionist will focus on positive vitality rather than just the absence of disease. We focus on social, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of wellness.

Is Functional Medicine Quackery?

According to Wikipedia, functional medicine is highly controversial due to the potential for many of its treatment to be non-evidence based or even harmful. While at Nutrition in Recovery we are endorsing a functional nutrition approach, we also acknowledge the potential for many practitioners to use this term to oversell testing services and supplements. The term is being abused, and unqualified individuals are seeking profit at the expense of public health. In Los Angeles (and California as a whole for that matter), anyone can practice functional nutrition, there are no licensing restrictions. For this reason, it is very important to find a functional medicine nutritionist you can trust. Reach out to us. We are happy to answer any questions and address any concerns.

Is Personalized Nutrition the Future?

David Wiss says YES. And guess what? The future is now. Let’s get started on your personalized nutrition plan. At Nutrition in Recovery we offer blood testing for food sensitivities, blood testing for micronutrient and antioxidant analysis, stool testing for microbiome analysis, and saliva testing for genetic analysis. When combined, all of these tests give a comprehensive overview of one’s health which can clearly indicate next steps. There will always be some trial-and-error but with personalized nutrition using functional medicine approaches, we can remove a lot of the guesswork. Watch a video on David’s Instagram about personalized nutrition.

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Dr. David Wiss became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in 2013 and founded Nutrition in Recovery, a group practice of RDNs specializing in treating eating and substance use disorders. In 2017, David received the “Excellence in Practice” award at the National Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awarded him the “Emerging Dietetic Leader Award” in 2020. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences department (with a minor in Health Psychology) by investigating the links between adverse childhood experiences and various mental health outcomes among socially disadvantaged men. His treatment philosophy is based on a biopsychosocial model which incorporates an understanding of biological mechanisms, psychological underpinnings, and contextual factors that integrate the social determinants of health. Wise Mind Nutrition is an app-based interactive treatment program available for download now - https://wisemindnutrition.com/download.

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