With rates of burnout staggeringly high, healthcare practitioners who have found ways to successfully navigate their practices can be sources of great insight. In the video below, David Blyweiss, MD, CHCQM, an IFM certified practitioner (IFMCP), describes how Functional Medicine can help.
What we do at AFMCP [Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice] and what Functional Medicine does in general is to rekindle a fire that you had. It’s like your campfire is going down; it’s being extinguished. It’s easier to prod it back into life and throw some more fuel onto it, different fuel, and then you have your fire blazing again.
What we do here in our training and what we learn is that you can rekindle that fire—you can get that passion back while protecting yourself from burnout that occurs—by learning what it is that you always wanted to know, that you thought you were going to be taught in medical school about how to heal somebody.
Michael Stone gave a great analogy today [at AFMCP] where you’re laying on your back in the mountains or in the desert, and you see all these stars out there. Some people can’t find the constellations, and what Functional Medicine will do is it will connect the stars, connect the dots, and find the constellations for you. Even if you’re lost in the world of medicine—whether it be EMR issues, issues with getting paid, too many patients—you can find your way home to where you want to be, and there’s a universe of associations out there.
What I’m finding after almost 20 years of doing [Functional Medicine]—19 years of doing this—is it is the closest thing to a unified field theory for medicine, where some of us will talk about “because because because” or “why why why”—you’re going upstream…
All those variables that we were supposed to get rid of in taking a good history or doing the physical exam are exactly the things that we now use and we look for to find out why you have what’s going on.
Again, it’s a “medicine of why,” as Mark Hyman says.
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