Joplin Integrative Care

Functional and Integrative Medicine

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Dr Ford is so attentive. I can't express how wonderful it is to have someone truly listen to everything that is going on with you physically and give you hope that it will finally be addressed......and he has truly given me hope.  

                           ~Myra S.     


 You don't need to learn to live with your chronic health problem.  You need to learn how to live without it!

Life changing!! I actually feel like I'm healing the root issues. I consider myself a person with a fairly high tolerance for pain, but at the end of day when it limits your lifestyle and effects moods, the relief is priceless! Thanks Dr. Ford& staff.

                           ~Cherie H.


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Functional Medicine

is a heavily science based approach to patient treatment.  Instead of saying, "OK, you have Syndrome Y, with Symptoms A, B, and C.  Here are some pills to take care of your symptoms."    Functional medicine practitioners look much deeper for the root cause(s) of the symptoms.  They often uncover conditions such as:

  • chronic infections
  • autoimmune disorders
  • digestive disorders
  • mitochondrial disease
  • anemias
  • malabsorption/nutrient deficiencies
  • adrenal insufficiency
  • thyroid problems
  • methylation defects

Functional medicine is a "give and take" approach.  Take away what is causing the problem (infections, leaky gut, etc) and give the body what it needs to heal itself. 

Addressing symptoms without treating the underlying problems is like getting up in the middle of the night and turning off the fire alarm, then going back to bed while a fire is still raging in the basement.

Functional medicine providers typically deal with people who have chronic, multi-system conditions.  The most common symptoms of these conditions are fatigue, weight gain, chronic pain, anxiety, and "brain fog".