So many patients come in to Manhattan Integrative because they’ve heard an amazing recovery story from a friend. But they still ask: What is functional medicine? Dr. Borenstein likes to cite the Institute for Functional Medicine’s clear and simple MO: “One condition, many causes. One cause, many conditions.”
Functional medicine is evidence-based healthcare that targets the root cause behind your symptoms, rather than merely suppressing them indefinitely. That’s why Dr. Borenstein will always take the time to determine how and why your illness developed, before restoring your health by addressing its root cause.
This requires being a bit of a medical detective – searching for connections between symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated, but that turn out to share the same root dysfunction. It requires crafting whole body treatments for your unique biological ecosystem – not for some average patient on a statistics chart. Dr. Borenstein was a functional medicine doctor 20 years ago – long before it was trendy – so it’s become second nature for him.
He understands that your body’s organs and systems function synergistically, not simply as rogue operators in a biological wilderness. He targets your dysfunction as part of a holistic ecosystem, and treats you as a whole person, not just the sum of your symptoms.
Don’t waste time and money with options that only address surface issues. You need a doctor who’s mastered the science and art of the customized treatment protocol which resolves the dysfunctions behind your symptoms with patience and compassion.
When conventional doctors assess a nutrient or hormone level they see it falls inside the “normal range,” then tell you you’re fine – despite the fact that you’re clearly suffering symptoms. This can leave you struggling with the same chronic conditions for years, specialist appointment after specialist appointment – each one looking only at the organ or system he or she was trained to treat. Dr. Borenstein continues to treat the whole you – until your symptoms are gone. He’s become a local celebrity of sorts, for applying his distinct functional approach to identify and target:
Dr. Borenstein also knows how to treat hormone imbalance during the natural life stages of menopause and andropause, and excels at chronic pain treatment as well as mitigating the effects of insomnia.
First, Dr. Borenstein will listen. He’ll examine you, review your medical history and order any required bloodwork. Once he has detected your root cause, he may explain in detail, then deliver one or more or the following:
As with any medical treatment, your results will vary based on your age, genetics, general health, environmental conditions, and follow up care.