Western modern medicine, or allopathic medicine, plays a crucial role in our health care system today. It is extremely valuable to have an MD and ND work in cooperation to address all aspects of health and to help educate and promote valuable lifestyle changes.
Functional medicine has evolved from the practice of modern medicine and is able to better address the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the ‘traditional and conventional’ disease-focused model to a more patient-focused approach, functional medicine then addresses the whole person, not just the isolated set of symptoms. functional medicine allows for MDs to address the underlying cause of disease, while supporting the relationship between patient and practitioner in a therapeutic and empowering partnership.
This model of medicine allows for functional medicine doctors to spend more time with their patients, listen to their histories, and assess the interactions between environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors that can influence chronic disease states. In this regard, functional medicine truly supports the unique individual expression of health and vitality.
The current system of healthcare practiced by most physicians is centered around “acute care,” or diagnosis and treatment of illness at the time that it presents. Most physicians are then prescribing drugs, treatment or surgery that aims to fix the immediate and urgent problem. Unfortunately, the “acute care” approach does not take into account people’s unique genetic makeup, individual lifestyle factors, or environmental influences that may have a direct effect on their current state of health. This is where functional medicine is different and bridges the gap between “acute care” and “patient-focused preventative care.” In the functional medicine model, the doctors are trained to understand the origins, prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
Hallmarks of an functional medicine approach include:
Polo Health + Longevity Centre
711 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 1B1
During this exceptionally difficult time we have been monitoring closely what the public health officials have been sharing, and keeping that in mind, we are making important changes to the services we are offering at Polo Health.
While the pharmacy will remain open, with regular hours to help serve your prescription refill needs, all non-essential visits have now been moved to phone consults and telemedicine. Our front desk staff will still be available to help support you with supplement refills, and booking those new appointments for you. If you do wish to pick up supplements, we kindly ask that you call ahead so we can get them ready for your pickup. If you are on the Pound-a-Day program, we encourage you to come pick up your weekly B-12 shots so you can take them home and self-administer them, and Dr. Polo and Dr. Kassam will follow up weekly by phone during the duration of your program.
As the situation is changing rapidly, we want to make sure all of our patients are taken care of both physically and mentally. We will reassess and re-evaluate the situation, but as of right now, we are closed until April 1st. If that date needs to be changed, we will update you all. Call in to book phone consults, refill your prescriptions, and pick-up any supplements you may need.
We recognize this is a trying and stressful time, and we urge to focus on your mental well being through the chaos. Our team will still be actively checking social media, and we are here to chat if you need anything.
Dr. Allana Polo