Functional Medicine


The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his
patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause
and prevention of disease. —Thomas A. Edison

Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is a key interest of Keesha's due to the evidence-based research available on nutritional supplements for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Functional medicine examines primary prevention and underlying causes instead of the symptoms for serious chronic disease. The goal is to understand each individual patient's physiological, environmental, and psychosocial contexts within which his or her illnesses or dysfunctions occur.

Functional medicine seeks to control or reverse each person's physiological imbalances through individualized treatment. It is a wonderful complement to conventional allopathic medicine, as it goes deeper and gets to the root cause. It is also a wonderful complement to traditional Ayurvedic medicine, as it proves what was known 5,000-10,000 years ago through current day scientific research.

At Fern Life Center we want to help you to be able to live to your highest potential. Sometimes the road to optimal balance is a long one and people can get lost in the process not knowing that there is a destination as well as the journey. We are your guides and coaches, but ultimately you are the one making the transformation. It is important to us that you understand where you are starting and where you are going…it is like peeling an onion and must be done in…

The Right Order

1. Start with food

2. Remove food allergens

3. Fix the gut

4. Optimize nutrient status

5. Balance hormones

6. Support energy metabolism

7. Enhance detoxification

8. Help to achieve mind-body balance

9. Look for hidden infections

10. Classes and group support

In the past it was difficult to recommend treatment without knowing where patients could find the proper vitamins or upplements of a sufficiently high quality. To remedy this, Keesha researched many sources of nutritional supplements and started the retail portion of the clinic, which offers the highest grade of nutritional supplements at a  reasonable cost. Of course you are free to purchase your supplements wherever you wish.

Because functional medicine is based on the most relevant and up to date research in science, it is many times ahead of the conventional medical curve and insurance company coverage. There will be times when you may be advised to use a specialty laboratory test that will not be covered by your insurance company. In addition, your treatment plan will be nutrition and lifestyle based; please remember that medical food/ supplements and lifestyle modalities are not covered by your insurance plan.