Cancer Restorative Medicine shows how and why illness or cancer occur and improves health by addressing the root causes of disease or cancer for each individual.
The Cancer Restorative Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered science-based technique that empowers patients and practitioners to work jointly with informed-based and evidence-based integral and conventional medicines to address the underlying causes of disease and cancer to promote optimal wellness. It involves a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment programs that lead to improved patients outcomes.
By addressing the root cause blending Western and Eastern medicines, rather than symptoms, practitioners become adapted to identifying the complication of cancer and the disease. They may find one condition has many causes, and likewise, one cause may cause many conditions. As a result, CRM tries the best of conventional medicine and other healing modalities that are evidence- and informed-based and put them collectively and it’s a highly individualized method because it depends on one’s own values and cultural beliefs
Business and Work Models for the Functional Medicine Clinician
Providers are successfully implementing the Functional Medicine model in many settings: small, large cash-based insurance-based, institutional, and private. It lists some more common models in which Functional Medicine is being practiced below. However, no single optimal model for practicing Functional Medicine lies, and in reality, clinicians practice a hybrid of two or more models.
Practitioners in diverse settings around the country are applying Functional Medicine in insurance-based designs of care. Here, patients are pursuing Functional Medicine that reimbursed through regular insurance fee structures. The challenge of this model is adjusting the delivery of more intensive care and experiencing the benefits of clinical success against offering Functional Medicine to a broader range of patients. Yet, given that both the evidence and the need for Functional Medicine is growing and building up traction, insurance-based models are likely to become more mainstream.
Functional Medicine is gaining attention as an alternative approach to care in large institutions and academic centers throughout the region. A rising number of institutions now have practitioners experienced in Functional Medicine, principally through IFM. This is leading to fresh approaches to investigate ways to research outcomes of Functional Medicine designed to detect and remedy root causes of problems instead of suppressing symptoms. Random controlled trials are being conducted, and a new body of literature is emerging in this realm.
Identifying that they can deliver value-based care that leads to better patient results, many Functional Medicine practitioners prefer the private-pay model. Whether they come in the form of a cash fee for services, concierge, or membership programs, there are no hidden fees with this model; patients know precisely what they are getting and for how much. In addition, a Functional Medicine private-pay model places fewer constraints on the type, scope, and length of care, meaning providers can personalize therapy plans for each individual.
Because of the health insurance mandate and the rising difference between the rich and poor, an increasing population of “health refugees” has emerged: either high insurance deductibles prevent patients from accessing health care—despite having an income—or they pass for social programs with scarce funds and resources. Either way, a building subset of practitioners is carving out creative, low-cost solutions to deliver Functional Medicine. Often, these practitioners lead by treating their patients with one or two natural, affordable supplements. They may also attend group visits and patient education seminars.