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Functional medicine

Functional medicine is a form of alternative medicine[1] which proponents say focuses on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems.[2] Practitioners attempt to develop individual treatment plans for people they treat.[2] Functional medicine encompasses a number of unproven and disproven methods and treatments,[3][4] and has been criticized for being pseudoscientific.[5]


The discipline of functional medicine is vaguely defined by its proponents.[5] Oncologist David Gorski has written that the vagueness is a deliberate tactic which facilitates the discipline's promotion, but that in general it centers around unnecessary and expensive testing procedures performed in the name of "holistic" health care.[5]

Functional medicine significantly departs from mainstream medicine in its emphasis on treatments and concepts of health and disease which are not currently known to be effective or which have been shown to be ineffective by clinical research.[3] These include


Jeffrey Bland and Susan Bland founded the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991 as a division of HealthComm.[22][23] That year, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said that Jeffrey Bland's corporations HealthComm and Nu-Day Enterprises had falsely advanced claims that their products could alter metabolism and induce weight loss.[22] The FTC found that Bland and his companies violated that consent order in 1995 by making more exaggerated claims. The UltraClear dietary program was said to provide relief from gastrointestinal problems, inflammatory and immunologic problems, fatigue, food allergies, mercury exposure, kidney disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis. The companies were forced to pay a $45,000 civil penalty.[22]

The Institute for Functional Medicine is chaired by Mark Hyman and consists of roughly 40 faculty members.[24]

The opening of centers for functional medicine at the quackery infiltrating medical academia.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Pal, SK (March 2002). "Complementary and alternative medicine: An overview".  
  2. ^ a b Ehrlich, G; Callender, T; Gaster, B (May 2013). "Integrative medicine at academic health centers: A survey of clinicians’ educational backgrounds and practices". Family Medicine 45 (5): 330–4.  
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  6. ^ "Nutritional Medicine/Orthomolecular Medicine". Center for Functional Medicine. 
  7. ^ "Detoxification/ Heavy Metals". Center for Functional Medicine. 
  8. ^ Jonas, Wayne (2005). Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  
  9. ^ Carter, K. Codell; Carter, Barbara (2005). Childbed Fever. A Scientific Biography of Ignaz Semmelweis. Transaction Publishers.  
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  11. ^ Prescott, David (June 2007). "Lessons from the California practice rights litigation". Chiropractic Journal 21 (9): 11, 41. 
  12. ^ Gaesser, G; Angadi, S (September 2012). "Gluten-free diet: Imprudent dietary advice for the general population?".  
  13. ^ Marcason, W (November 2011). "Is there evidence to support the claim that a gluten-free diet should be used for weight loss?".  
  14. ^ Richard (December 9, 2013). "Gluten summit recap". San Jose Functional Medicine. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Could an undetected gluten sensitivity be contributing to your symptoms?". Atlanta Functional Medicine. July 18, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ Taylor, LE; Swerdfeger, AL; Eslick, GD (June 2014). "Vaccines are not associated with autism: An evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies".  
  17. ^ The Editors Of The Lancet (February 2010). "Retraction – Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children".  
  18. ^ Baker, Sidney MacDonald; Bennet, Peter; Bland, Jeffrey; Galland, Leo et al. (2010). Textbook of Functional Medicine. Institute for Functional Medicine.  
  19. ^ "Unlocking the connection between intestinal permeability and autoimmune disease". Institute for Functional Medicine. 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  20. ^ Grisanti, Ronald (n.d.). "Leaky gut: Can this be destroying your life?". Functional Medicine University. Sequoia Education Systems. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Leaky gut syndrome".  
  22. ^ a b c  
  23. ^ "Founders". Institute for Functional Medicine. n.d. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  24. ^ "IFM Faculty". Retrieved November 2014. 

Further reading

  • Merrell, Woodson C. (July–August 2006). "The Textbook of Functional Medicine". Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (Book review) 12 (4): 72. 
  • McManus, Joanne (29 November 2001). "Functional medicine".  
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