What is Functional Medicine?

Broadly, functional medicine is a medical practice that utilizes treatments and therapies that focus on driving optimal functioning of the body and its organs. This is a holistic approach to medicine which means it can be applied to specific illnesses or simply as a preventative measure to keep people happy and healthy. It is not necessary that you have a disease to partake in functional medicine, but at Success by Design, we provide this service to alleviate symptoms and help tackle of the following issues.


Conditions Often Treated with Functional Medicine

Thyroid Disease (Hashimoto’s Disease)

This is a medical condition that has harsh effects on the thyroid gland. This gland produces thyroid hormones making it an endocrine organ because this hormone travels through the bloodstream to help regulate your other organs. Thyroid hormones act in the body by regulating energy use as well as infant and childhood development. Within thyroid disease there are five different general groups including:

  • Hypothyroidism  (low function). Common hypothyroid symptoms include fatigue, low energy, weight gain, inability to tolerate the cold, slow heart rate, dry skin and constipation. This is often caused by an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Disease because it damages the Thyroid and affects many more women than men.
  • Hyperthyroidism (high function) Common hyperthyroid symptoms include irritability, anxiety, weight loss, fast heartbeat, inability to tolerate the heat, diarrhea, and enlargement of the thyroid.
  • Structural Abnormalities. These may not produce symptoms, however some people may have hyperthyroid or hypothyroid symptoms related to the structural abnormality or notice swelling of the neck.
  • Tumors, often called thyroid nodules, can also have many different symptoms ranging from hyperthyroidism to hypothyroidism to swelling in the neck and compression of the structures in the neck.
  • Abnormal Function without Clinical Symptoms. 
Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune Diseases are conditions in which a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own body. Immune systems are there to guard against bad bacteria and viruses and when they are detected the immune system sends out their white blood cells and other defense mechanisms to fight them off. However, for someone with an autoimmune disease, their body is at a constant war with itself and can have very harmful and painful effects. The body releases proteins called antibodies that attack healthy cells for some throughout their whole bodies and for others it might be specific organs, joints or the skin. The most common autoimmune diseases include Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Inflammatory bowel disease, Addison’s disease, Graves’ disease, Sjögren’s syndrome, Myasthenia gravis, Autoimmune vasculitis, Pernicious anemia, and Celiac disease.


Metabolic Syndrome is a bunch of conditions that are occurring simultaneously in a person that causes them to be at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes, heart diseases and even a stroke.  The underlying cause of this syndrome can be many factors including overweight or obesity, sedentary lifestyle, insulin resistance or a combination of these. The conditions that occur in someone with metabolic syndrome are  high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol or triglyceride levels and excess body fat. Around 1 in 3 American adults have metabolic syndrome and it is becoming increasingly common. Luckily, aggressive lifestyle changes can be made to prevent and delay the devastating health effects it can induce.  That is exactly what Success by Design’s functional medicine helps our patients conquer from a holistic approach.

Adrenal Fatigue

This type of fatigue is a compilation of symptoms such as nervousness, body aches, fatigue, sleep disturbances, weight gain and digestive problems. These symptoms can be caused by an imbalance of hormones that are vital to life normally made by the adrenal gland.  Cortisol, or “stress” hormone, is a common hormone that is affected by adrenal fatigue. It can be measured, and imbalances can often be corrected with adrenal support supplements. Many times, though, adrenal fatigue is a symptom of some other serious condition. At Success by Design, we strive  to find underlying causes and treat the cause and not just put a bandaid on the symptoms.

Chronic Fatigue

This is a complicated disorder for medical professionals because the subject has extreme fatigue that cannot be explained by any other underlying medical condition. It is so hard to handle because it simply worsens with any kind of activity but does not improve with rest. Experts have not been able to pinpoint the cause of this syndrome but are somewhat certain it is triggered by a combination of factors. Functional and alternative medicine is a great way to find relief from this trying condition.


The main symptom of this disorder is widespread muscle pain and tenderness and is usually accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. Experts believe the intense pain is caused by the way the brain processes the body’s pain signals and amplifies the hurtful sensations they produce. Most of the time symptoms begin to occur after physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress or gradual accumulation over time. 

Get Your Life Back

All of these illnesses make living a normal life a lot more difficult than it should ever have to be. Also most of them affect way more women than men almost double. At Success by Design we strive to provide everyone with the highest quality of care and ease our patients back into the life that they dream of. Our top of the line functional medicine has helped so many and will only continue to improve. For a higher quality of life please reach out to us and we will get you where you need to be.



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