How is Functional Medicine different from other forms of Medicine?
The modern diet, lifestyle, and environment (collectively known as the exposome) affect the expression of our genes and can lead to negative etiologies-disease and the symptoms you feel related to that disease. According to the World Health Organization, over 50 percent of mortality is related to just three factors: air pollution, cigarette smoking, and diet.
Our exposome is influenced by:
Epigenetics is the field of study that looks at the interaction of our genes and the exposome. The bad news is that choices our parents and even our grandparents made may affect our disease risk. The good news is that genes are not our destiny. Changes we make in real time can affect our gene expression and, of course, not only our own health, but our children’s and grandchildren's health. This makes the focus on the exposome—primarily a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, and healthy environment—even more important