Why Functional Medicine goes beyond Conventional Medicine

Now, more than ever, people are seeking to find ways to live healthier and longer with a better quality of life. In addition, with so many "untreatable diagnosis" given by conventional medicine, people are searching for ways to take control of their wellness and find relief from the symptoms that primary care providers often attempt to bandaid with prescriptions. Here's where functional medicine comes in...


The functional medicine approach is based on finding the root of the problem, rather than simply treating symptoms. Functional medicine promotes the practice of considering lifestyle, genetics and environment when diagnosing and recommending treatment.

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine takes a patient-centered approach to screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Instead of looking at the patient as an illness or cluster of symptoms, Dr. Taylor considers your lifestyle, genetics, and environment when diagnosing and recommending treatments. This empowers you to take an active role in your own health.

What are the core principles of functional medicine?

As a functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Taylor recognizes that each patient is a unique human being whose biochemistry is influenced by genetics and their particular environment. She’s committed to patient-centered treatment and seeks to balance your mind, body, and spirit as a way to ultimate health. Dr. Taylor recognizes that all of your body systems are connected and a symptom in one may be caused by a disturbance in another.

Functional medicine views good health as more than the absence of disease, but as the enhancement of vitality. Her practice aims to extend the quality, not just the length of your life. Dr. Taylor will always be respectful of your needs, values, and preferences.

How does functional medicine differ from conventional medicine?

In functional medicine, the emphasis is on nourishing the basic foundational aspects of your health. These include quality of sleep, nutrition, stress management, relationships, genetics, and exercise. When any of these are out of balance, it has a dire impact on your health. Hormone irregularities, nutritional deficiencies, an abundance of stress, and aging can all disturb this “foundation” and affect your health.

Conventional medicine looks at the symptoms, often without regard to what may be causing them. While you may get resolution to acute problems with medication and other care, the underlying problems causing your symptoms may go undetected.

Dr. Julie Taylor's practice location:

225 South Euclid Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91101


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