Functional Medicine/Hormone Balancing

According to the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), “Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.”

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

At the Artemis Center, we offer a functional approach to hormone imbalances. Poor functioning of the ovaries can often be related to adrenal fatigue or thyroid dysfunction. Because of the hierarchy of the endocrine system, the adrenal and thyroid glands should first be balances before considering whether or not hormone replacement of estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone should be considered.

This is best approached through broad based lifestyle improvements and individualized supplements.

Featuring . . .

Stephanie Bruzgul, RPA-C

Physician’s Assistant
Functional Medicine

Stephanie Bruzgul returns to the Artemis Center after taking a year sabbatical in Spain. She has worked for Dr. Madejski since 2006. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She later completed her Masters of Science degree as a Physician’s Assistant at Daemen College in Buffalo.

Stephanie’s chief area of interest is in promoting a healthy lifestyle as a proactive approach to health. Functional medicine is the science of using individualized diet, supplements and fitness regimens to maximize one’s health and vitality. No two human beings are biochemically alike. What works for one individual may be harmful to another. If you are tired of the standard western approach of using pharmaceutical treatments for the symptoms of chronic diseases, consider coming in to see Stephanie for a functional medicine visit.

Her other areas of interest include adolescent women’s healthcare, reproductive health and contraception, prevention of and education about sexually transmitted diseases, and management of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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