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What is functional medicine?

Over the last decade, there has been great progress in the medical community with the emergence of Functional Medicine. You may have wondered what is exactly Functional Medicine? 

Functional Medicine Defined

Functional medicine it is a health care direction where health care professionals from all areas of medicine, both traditional and modern, have combined efforts to find the best of cutting-edge science and proven methods without potential bias. 

From the Institute of Functional Medicine :

"The functional medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes."

What does a Functional Medicine Practitioner do?

A Functional Medicine Practioner determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. 

Why Should I See A Functional Medicine Practitioner?

one condition can have many different causes and how one cause can lead to many different condition

What Makes Functional Medicine Different?

It also allows for finding a common meeting ground that is important to create a shift in the entire healthcare system. The effect of is health care direction bridging the alternative and conventional and it is an effective approach to preventing, treating, and reversing complex chronic diseases. It enhances the delivery of care and creates productive professional relationships. 

The medical community has started to embrace this area, with 30% percent of medical schools in the US now teaching it as part of their curriculum, and prestigious hospitals such as the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic have developed Functional Medicine departments. Although it remains to be seen, Functional Medicine is maybe exactly what is needed to solve our chronic disease pickle.

Where Can I Get Functional Medicine Treatment?



Dr. Sebastian Kverneland is a native Norwegian chiropractor, born and raised in Stavanger, Norway. Kverneland is the founder of the Scandinavian Health Institute (SHI) in Los Angeles, California. He studied Biochemistry and Genetics at the University in Stavanger, then later came to Los Angeles and got a Doctorate degree in Chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2014. In addition to being a chiropractor specialized in modern, Scandinavian chiropractic, Dr. Sebastian Kverneland DC is certified functional medicine practitioner from the Institute of Functional Medicine. This is to be able to provide even more thorough assessment of patient's health history and prognosis. To book an appointment, check out here.