How To Become A Professional Functional Medicine Physician

We are well aware of the term functional medicine and how it is creating a buzz in today’s life. It has not only shown visible results in treating any health disorder but has also eliminated the early signs of future illness. Seeing the increasing scope of this field, the youth of today is very well interested in becoming a functional medicine doctor.

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Eligibility

For practicing your ability to become functional medicine doctor in Denver, it is very important to have a primary specialty, license and one of the below-given credentials:

  • Medical Doctor
  • Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Naturopathic Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Acupuncturist
  • Pharmacist

How To Become A Functional Medicine Practitioner?

If you are lacking your degree and still have a want to become a practitioner then you have ample of opportunities available right in front of you. The most interesting tale about functional medicine is it can be successfully practiced by a range of people. Functional medicine is an integrative science-based healthcare approach. Once you have made up your mind to be one, you must undergo a training program which focuses on teaching you six modules naming: Gastrointestinal, Detox, Immune, Hormone, Cardiometabolic, and Energy.

The functional medicinal courses are available onsite around the city along with virtual courses offered with the average credit of 17 hours. Once your entire training is over covering all these modules, the candidate then will have to undergo a written examination test in order to complete the training officially which will then be followed by program requirements which are a must. Like all the medical physicians, functional medicine practitioner to needs to have an approved application to receive the certified practitioner designation.

Basic Principles That Define Functional Medicine Are:

Functional medicine views each individual as different both genetically and biologically. Personalized care treats the entire individual and not only the disease.

As mentioned earlier, functional medicine is deeply science-based and it examines whatever happens with us is connected via a network of our body, understanding these networks of our body allows to know the function of the body better and easier.

Our body is utterly intelligent and has the full capacity for self-regulation which is able to express itself through a dynamic balance of the entire system of our body.

A human body not only has the ability to heal but also has an innate ability to prevent all the diseases of aging and other factors.

Health is not only considered as the absence of disease but also as the state of immense vitality.

Training

Once the practitioner is accepted by the IFM functional medicine program, then he must get a briefing of “Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice” course. The course will be provided with the six training modules that will emphasize on different systems of the body that include Gastrointestinal, Detox, Immune, Hormone, Cardiometabolic and Energy. Once you have completed the modules, you will be graded according to your report by IFM. A written examination is a must with a passing grade.

Background

Functional medicine is science-based healthcare, and integrative approach that looks on the patient’s case study and disease prevention through:

 By doing research on nutrition, diet, and exercise.

  1. By using the latest technologies of laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques.
  2. Along with the necessary medications, he will provide you with the supplements, botanical medicines, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, and stress-management techniques.
  3. They uses different approaches of functional medicine such as acupuncture, exercise, yoga, hypnosis, aromatherapy, and meditation.

Past and Future Lessons

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I love the thought of past and future when you talk about lessons because that’s what I believe life is about – Lessons. We learn lessons everyday, some hard and some so small we barely notice. We make decisions and then the outcomes reflect a positive or negative experience. Our brains seem to be hard wired to remember those end results and we should make better decisions in future situations. It is for those destined to repeat those lessons that did not learn from them the first times.

I have always believed that life is like this very long road. This road has many forks in it that represent decisions we must make. One of the roads from this fork is a straight shot with no ups and dons and no obstacles. The other fork leads to mountains and hills, streams and rivers that we must cross. Either path comes to the same main road that we call life.

Destinies happen on the main road like marriage, birth of a child and sadly death but it is up to us to make the right decisions and learn from the outcomes both good and bad. If we do not learn from them then we are destined to repeat the vicious cycle until we learn from them.