Coming Soon!! Starting June 10th, 2019 we’ll be offering Primary Care Medicine at Pure Wellness..with a more natural approach!!
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is essentially a natural approach to medicine where we thoroughly investigate the patient’s condition to find the cause of the problem instead of treating the symptoms. This new approach shifts the focus of care to the individual needs of the patient instead of how to just treat a disease or condition. Every person is different and how each illness affects different patient’s is not always the same due to different genetic variations. Functional Medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease, integrating best medical practices, including traditional western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise.
Its well known that there is a huge gap between research and the way most doctors practice. Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
Fundamentals of the Functional Medicine Approach
A patient centered approach to health starts with tracing the condition back to it’s origins through specific lab testing and thorough history that looks closely at the patient’s interaction with their environment. Everyone has different genetic blueprint and depending on our lifestyle habits, certain choices can make us unhealthy, whereas other people have no issues.
In our office, we take the time to determine which genetic variants you have that can predispose you a specific health condition that otherwise shouldn’t be a concern. From this analysis we can better predict what type of lifestyle factors could play a role in the degradation of your health and make the appropriate changes to steer you toward health and wellness. Thus we utilize a whole body approach to your health instead of waiting for symptoms to appear and merely treat or suppress the symptoms with medications. Through the new study of epigenetics, it’s now been determined that in most cases, the way your environment interacts with your specific genes accounts for 75% of your state of health, and your genes only 25%. So specific lifestyle modifications can have a profound effect on patient health.
The functional medicine paradigm does use prescription medications when necessary, but if it’s appropriate for your health condition, we try to work with lifestyle modification and dietary supplements to correct any nutritional deficiencies that may be contributing to the patient’s health issues first before introducing a pharmacological intervention.
Meet Dr. Ben Huckett, FNP
Ben Huckett is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and is excited to be joining the team at Pure Wellness. He has served as a family nurse practitioner in Vancouver, WA for the last 4 years in the community health system in a primary care provider capacity. During this time, he has successfully managed a large and diverse patient panel consisting of a myriad of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. His patients have included those with multiple chronic medical conditions, children as young as 2 weeks of age, and adults 100+ years old. Ben has enjoyed building healthy relationships with his patients and is humbled to be called upon for help in their difficult moments.
Ben uses a holistic approach to patient care. After several years in practice, formal continuing medical education, and ongoing self study and research, he has concluded that the majority of the conditions affecting his patients are lifestyle related. This has become his passion – treating the underlying lifestyle factors that contribute to poor health outcomes. You can expect a great deal of focus on nutrition, physical activity, sleep habits, and stress management as one of his patients. His goal, when appropriate, is to avoid, decrease the dose of, or eliminate medications; and turn to pharmacologic therapy after thorough evaluation of underlying issues and lifestyle modification. In short, he seeks to help patients heal using a full spectrum of methods and therapies. He values shared decision making with his patients and encourages them to consider different treatment modalities and be an active participant in their plan of care. In order to best serve his patients, Ben is currently working towards a fellowship in anti-aging, metabolic, and functional medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Away from work, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, strength training, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, and skiing.