I was recently awarded my second diplomate, this time for functional medicine, through The American Board of Functional Medicine (ABFM). This is a great honor for myself and Global Healing Center, as The American Board of Functional Medicine stands for the most superior standards in functional medicine. “Doctors who achieve this status have demonstrated to their peers and to the public that they have the excelled clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent natural patient care.”
What Is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is medicine that is all natural and safe for improving health and living. This approach, the approach I always try to take, is that the most important part of dealing with disease is to start with the root problem, as well as primary prevention, before the imbalance turns into a serious chronic, or even lethal, disease. Functional medicine treats the person, not just the symptoms of a “disease.” It also addresses lifestyle factors and relationships between physiological factors in the body.
The Board is an independent evaluation organization that ensures that doctors with a functional medicine approach, have met or exceeded the requirements set forth by the Board. The ABFM states that it “holds itself accountable to the profession of functional medicine, to the patients they serve, and to the public.”
Receiving this second diploma from the ABFM reaffirms my and Global Healing Center’s commitment to treating each and every individual as an intricate web of mind and body, drawn towards a very real and possible state of vibrant health through natural health and organic living.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM