Functional Medicine Pros and ConsSo I love Jimmy Fallon’s show. I love New York City in general. My grandfather, Max Kalish, was a well known socialist/realist artist and he made New York his home in the early 1900’s and my father, Richard Kalish, grew up on the Upper West Side. Somehow I ended up in California but one of these years I plan on making my way back east. One of my aspirational life goals is to be in the live audience of the Tonight Show and I frequently go to New York but it’s not easy to get tickets. Anyhow, point is one of the segments Fallon does each week is “Pro’s and Con’s” and if you’re a follower of the show you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to. So, having a functional medicine doctor write a pro/con list up, when it’s the subject I’ve devoted my life to and believe in so strongly, is clearly going to result in a heavily biased piece. I am going to, as best I can start with the downsides to functional medicine in jest and let’s see where we end up with all this. First the Jimmy Fallon version:
- Functional Medicine has the word “Fun” in it, so can’t be all bad.
- Functional Medicine is way better than Dysfunctional Medicine however you slice it.
- Functional Medicine doctors believe you can eat a lot of fatty foods and these doctors think butter is better for you than margarine, a rib eye steak is absolutely fine and sour cream is healthy as long as it’s from grass fed cows that have had deep tissue massages while living in Marin County within sight of the Pacific Ocean.
- Functional Medicine means you have to stop all alcohol, coffee and energy drinks and the most you can do for stimulation is a cup of green tea chock full of antioxidants.
- You have to eat your vegetables.
- You’re going to have conversation after conversation with waiters about what on the menu is gluten free. Ok, moving on to the serious side of this, let’s figure out what really makes functional medicine tick. What makes it special, how does it work and why would you want to find a functional medicine doctor. Let’s contrast that with the pro’s of conventional medicine, what it’s best at and in what circumstances one should rely on conventional treatments.