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Functional Medicine

The Blend Institute

Integrative Medicine Practice located in Bradenton, FL

The body is a complex machine, and managing your health means understanding how it all works. Dr. Timothy Blend and his team take the functional medicine approach, which considers all of the systems in your body and all the influential factors that impact its function, rather than looking at an issue and treating it with no additional information or testing. The Blend Institute goes outside the boundaries of conventional medicine to provide treatment to make you feel your best. If traditional medical treatment hasn’t delivered the results you need, schedule a functional medicine consultation with the team by calling (941)722-5600.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What makes functional medicine unique?

Functional medicine is about the whole individual, while conventional medicine looks at symptoms and conditions in isolation. Functional medicine is concerned with how and why people get sick and works to address the causes of disease, rather than only minimizing the symptoms. This approach allows you to not only feel better but to take full control of your health.

As a functional medicine patient with Dr. Blend, you may finally gain an understanding of what causes your health conditions. If you’ve been struggling with chronic illness for years, and no treatment seems to work, it’s possible previous doctors have entirely overlooked the real reasons you feel that way.

Functional medicine is a response to this all-too-common scenario, and it can provide the right solution.

What should I expect from a functional medicine appointment?

Your first functional medicine appointment at The Blend Institute may be a longer office visit than you’re used to. Because functional medicine is concerned with the root causes of your problems, you’ll delve into your history, health concerns, and goals for treatment, in addition to undergoing a physical exam.

Be prepared to talk about when your symptoms first appeared, you and your family’s medical histories, and perhaps most importantly, how you’ve tried to treat your symptoms with other healthcare providers.

This process will give Dr. Blend and the team a detailed understanding of your unique medical concerns. Your individualized treatment plan will target the specific causes of your condition and may include, in combination with effective traditional methods:

  • Bio identical hormone replacement therapy
  • Thyroid optimization
  • IV Infusion therapy
  • Chelation therapy
  • Physician assisted weight loss 
  • Peptide therapy
  • Advanced sexual health solutions
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Genetic testing
  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing
  • Trigger point injections
  • and more....

What conditions can functional medicine treat?

You may have a condition you’ve suffered from for years and feel as if you’ve tried everything, but nothing works. Functional medicine has produced documented results for conditions including:

  • Arthritis
  • Allergies and food sensitivities
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Fatigue
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Weight gain

Functional medicine also helps with reproductive health concerns, including easing the symptoms of menopause and potentially boosting your chances of getting pregnant if you are experiencing infertility.

In conjunction with psychiatric care and therapy, functional medicine can assist in the management of mental health conditions such as:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • PTSD

Schedule a functional medicine consultation with the team at The Blend Institute today if you think you could use not just a second opinion, but an entirely new approach.