This blog post is the sole opinion of the author, based on personal observation and experience and is only an opinion.
During the 1990’s the hottest ticket to medical conferences for avant garde physicians were always the annual Jeff Bland conferences of the year sponsored by Dr. Bland and the company he founded called Metagenics. These conferences were always over attended by forward thinking medical doctors and practitioners from Integrative or Complimentary Alternative methods.
These conferences were always based on the latest science-based evidence of complicated biochemical interactions. Dr. bland was (and is) a mesmerizing speaker who was able to interconnect complicated biochemical reactions of human chemistry and show the need for the latest Metagenics remedy that he and his team created. Many of these remedies are still in wide use today and are the mainstay of practice of the practitioners who have adopted these techniques of medical practice.
After twenty years of presenting this philosophy, these thoughts and practices have morphed into a discipline known today as Functional Medicine, definitions of which are attached to this article. The followers of these theories are many, as they are based on what’s called “evidence-based” or “science-based” practice, which are the buzzwords that qualify this type of care for AMA acceptance and all important insurance reimbursements.
I remember sitting in the audience and watching the Power Point screen in front of the room fill with the most confusing and elaborate charts of complicated biochemical reactions that had no way to be reasonably or economically tested in any other place except a research laboratory, and in no circumstances could it be tested or managed by the average family physician in day-to-day practice.
I always came away from these sessions thinking that there must really be a God in Heaven because such a complicated chemical system could only have been created by such a deity and how fortunate we must all be to have a system that can regulate itself in such a remarkable way.
I believed then and still believe now that our bodies are energized by an energetic lifeforce and the correct trigger, such as a correct homeopathic remedy or correct acupuncture treatment or correct adjustment, could make all the complicated chemistry of the body come back into natural balance by the will of the Natural Internal Mechanisms put into our systems by the creator. SIMPLER IS BETTER.
In reading the Wikipedia definition of functional medicine, one can see that the growth of this philosophy was attacked by FTC fines and judgments in its early years and eventually a foundation called the Foundation of Functional Medicine was created to add status to these philosophies with a huge army of followers who attend huge annual conferences for latest research and annual training.
The current leader of this foundation is the esteemed Dr. Mark Hyman, MD who had the distinction of using these methods to treat President Bill Clinton after he had his heart surgery.
There is no question that functional medicine is an accepted form of medical practice because of its use by medical doctors who receive Insurance reimbursements for treating patients in these manners.
Please reread the definitions via the links below so that you can see what these procedures entail.
WHY THEN DOES THIS AUTHOR FEEL LIKE HE IS WITNESSING A PHENOMENA AKIN TO THE STORY OF THE EMPEROR WHO HAD NO CLOTHES?
It’s because I believe in the world that was codified in Arizona by the Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medical Examiners, of which I’m the current President.
Our discipline is based upon homeopathy and the modalities that augment its effectiveness, many of which are embodied in the discipline of Functional Medicine so that there is an overlap of the two disciplines with only the founding principles being different.
Our AZ modalities are:
3. Chelation therapy
4. Orthomolecular medicine
6. Neuromuscular integration
7. Pharmaceutical medicine
Perhaps the seventh isn’t really part of the basic philosophy, but one cannot get an AZ homeopathic license without being a graduate of an MD or DO medical school.
In any case we are all brethren in the integrative world but our Arizona group feels ostracized because of our non-eligibility for insurance inclusion, with some practitioners being downright happy to not have to comply with the onerous reams of paperwork needed to be part of those systems.
WHY THEN DO I FEEL LIKE I’M WITNESSING AN EMPEROR WITH NO CLOTHES PHENOMENON?
It’s because the belief systems of HOMEOPATHY and ACUPUNCTURE believe in a spiritual energy or VITAL FORCE that energizes the body and influences its science- based chemistry THAT CAN’T CURRENTLY BE SCIENTIFICALLY MEASURED and it seems unfair to exclude its existence because the tenets of the SCIENCE-BASED systems can’t explain it.
It is this VITAL FORCE or QI energy that REALLY rules the system and which needs to be PRIMARILY ADDRESSED in treating patients and it’s this factor that is sorely missed in the FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PHILOSOPHY.
IT’S WHY I’M PROUD TO BE AN ARIZONA HOMEOPATH.
Here are some of functional medicine definitions and resources that can be found on the Internet: