What is Functional Medicine?

"Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual."
                           -The Institute for Functional Medicine
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Your current state of health is a result of your unique genetics, experiences, lifestyle, nutrition and environment.

Functional Medicine is an integrative evidence-based healthcare that focuses on your individuality and provides personalized care plans that address the underlying causes of your illness. 

Functional Medicine practitioners look "upstream" to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient's history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with mind, body spirit, physical and social factors that affect total functioning. 

Functional Medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines,

supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

Over the past 25 years, leading scientists and clinicians have taken up the challenge of researching and developing applications for this personalized medicine approach. The resulting emerging science has validated its efficacy in fighting the chronic disease epidemic.

Functional Medicine Outcomes Study

At the forefront of Functional Medicine, the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine opened its doors in 2014.  Since that time, the Center has continually collected and analyzed patient outcomes to determine the efficacy of functional medicine. 


Findings released in early 2018, analyzed data from more than 4,200 patients with chronic diseases. The demonstrated findings were remarkable. When comparing data from patients treated with conventional care at Cleveland Clinic, patients treated at the Center for Functional Medicine experienced greater clinical improvements and lower healthcare costs.

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine has expanded twice to accommodate more patients. The wait list at the start of 2017 was still 3,000 patients.

Grand Rounds at the Cleveland Clinic 


*Note:  MyTotalBody Functional Medicine Cliic has no  professional affiliation with the  Cleveland Clinic.  Michelle Sandwisch, APRN, FNP-C is a board certified candidate of the Institute of Functional Medicine.  Lectures are meant  for educational purposes to enhance the user's understanding of functional medicine and latest research only.          

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine is pleased to share lectures from the Grand Rounds presentations  on their website. A series featuring Mark Hyman, MD, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine interviews pioneers and thought leaders in Functional Medicine.


21st Century Medicine - Reversal of Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer Disease with Dale Bredesen, MD

UCLA, physician & professor, Dale Bredesen, MD, presents his innovative protocol for reversing memory loss. His protocol involves a 36-point therapeutic program with comprehensive diet changes, brain stimulation, exercise, sleep optimization, specific pharmaceuticals and vitamins, and multiple additional steps that affect brain chemistry.

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From Mitochondria to Music: Integrative Neurological Care for Autism with Suzanne Goh, MD

Suzanne Goh, MD, is a board-certified pediatric neurologist and an expert in evaluating and treating children with neurological conditions. Dr. Goh shares the latest research on underlying causes of autism and how to address those causes therapeutically.

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Functional Medicine for Depressive Disorder: Advances in the Treatment Paradigm with Robert Hedaya, MD

Recent literature proves that depression is a multifactorial syndrome, co-morbid with many chronic illnesses, by virtue of shared biological mechanisms. This knowledge offers advanced treatment approaches beyond those emanating from the current psycho-social and neurotransmitter models of depression.

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Systems Biology & Functional Medicine: An Emergent Approach to Chronic Disease Management, Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, CNS

As a leader in nutritional medicine, Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, CNS, is well known for his synthesis of medical knowledge, biochemistry, and nutritional data. Treating chronic illness and patients with multiple comorbidities requires a systems-based approach, yet treatments must also be tailored to each individual. Dr. Bland describes why this is necessary, how it can be enacted, and what clinicians can do to implement this type of methodology.

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Ketogenic Diet for Diabetes with Sarah Hallberg, DO

Sarah Hallberg, DO, Medical Director at Virta Health and Medical Director and Founder of the medically supervised weight loss program at Indiana University Health Arnett, summarizes the current dietary recommendation for patients with metabolic disease and why this approach may not be effective. She outlines recent research that suggests patients with metabolic diseases like type 1 and type 2 diabetes can achieve exceptional glycemic control using a low-carb ketogenic diet. Dr. Hallberg also discusses ways to support patients in the long-term while maintaining this type of diet.

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How Scientific Wellness will Drive the Future of Health with Nathan Price, PhD

Lifestyle is the single greatest contributor to health and wellness. Nathan Price, PhD, is at the forefront of research into personalized, proactive health interventions. Dr. Price will reveal the many ways that personalized data can direct lifestyle interventions to create wellness.


How Early Nutrition Influences Gut Microbiome & Metabolic Profiles in Health & Disease with Alessio Fasano, MD

Alessio Fasano, MD, Division Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition at Mass General in Boston & Harvard Medical School Professor, presents current evidence on how early nutrition can shape gut microbiota composition, key intestinal functions, including gut permeability, and immune response leading to chronic inflammatory diseases.

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Dietary Approaches to Treating Multiple Sclerosis-Related Fatigue with Terry Wahls, MD

Research continues to suggest a significant role for modifiable lifestyle factors in arresting and reversing neurodegeneration. Terry Wahls, MD, who was wheelchair bound previously with MS, has been a longtime leader in lifestyle interventions for multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Wahls presents the latest research on modifiable lifestyle factors that can help patients with MS manage fatigue.



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Why Personal Behavior Affects Immune Mediated Inflammatory Diseases (IMIDs) with Leonard Calabrese, DO

Board-certified rheumatologist Leonard Calabrese, DO, Vice Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Rheumatic and Immunological Diseases, connects IMIDs and the modifiable lifestyle factors that can change patient outcomes. In particular, Dr. Calabrese covers epigenetic and immunomodulatory effects of diet, exercise, stress management, and meditation.

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Who is the Healer? Alternative Pathways to Health with Joshua Korzenik, MD 

Leading IBD researcher Joshua R. Korzenik, MD, & Director of Brigham & Women's Hospital of Boston, Crohn’s and Colitis Center, will summarize the history of investigations for chronic disease and where paradigms have been helpful or misleading. In particular, he will explain new ideas about the pathophysiology of Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, and how they can inform new models of care.

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Which Comes First, Overeating or Obesity with David Ludwig, MD, PhD

In his Grand Rounds, David Ludwig, MD, PhD, will show how a diet designed to lower insulin secretion can produce weight loss without hunger.