Have you heard of the Urban Monk?
Have you heard of Functional Medicine?
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, (10 Times New York Bestseller List, Director of The Cleveland Center Clinic.com), Founder of the UltraWellnessCentre.com) , Functional Medicine is :
- FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE is the future of conventional medicine–available now. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. "
Like Hippocrates says: "Let Food by thy medicine. And let medicine be thy food."
I heard recently, with sadness, that Mark-Andre Blouin (equine nutrition expert
for Agribrands Purina), is battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He's at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton. That hits home for me. My niece's boyfriend is also battling stage 4 cancer and is at that same cancer center. It's painful to hear about these people. We know them. It's becoming more and more prevalent.
If you're like me, I'm getting really concerned (I'm an aquarian and am concerned about humankind and mother earth) about the current cancer rates. What's going on? We all want to enjoy our horses and be healthy.
Perhaps there is something to this functional medicine and eating real foods. What do you think? Stayed tuned for part 2, where I look into functional medicine for horses.
Putting my spin on wellness for us and our horses.