Functional medicine is not really a specialty. It’s an updated way of organizing medical information and practicing medicine. It enables those clinicians that are trained in its methods to understand each individual patient as a complex whole and find the underlying causes of disease and dysfunction.
Insurance companies are not in charge of our health decisions, but sometimes we feel like they are. The insurance-limited medical care mindset makes the sacred, doctor-patient relationship feel like a transactional office visit, with insurance codes and medication only treatment that is either suppressing symptoms or causing more harm.