The vision of Drugless Functional Medicine, or DFM for short, is to see people become independently healthy, where the individual has far more control over his or her health than ever before.
We have become far too dependent on a failed and flawed Medical Establishment that neither seeks or intends to cure anything, only to improve overall metrics through the distribution of health care services. DFM is the antidote to that in many ways, where the individual becomes the focus, not collective metrics and statistics that wind up replacing actual clinical outcomes.
The Individual is the focus. What do you want to accomplish? What if the solution to your concerns was, in fact, relatively simple? What if the solution, no matter how simple, still took work, training, and dedication? How can one accomplish anything when your medical personnel spend so little time with you and give you almost no actionable information as to why you don’t feel as well as you should?
DFM empowers the individual to take ACTION. It does not rely on the flawed premise of using pharmaceutical interventions that bypass or alter human biochemistry. Drugless Functional Medicine works to Reestablish Natural Human Biochemistry by correcting the simplest cause of why it wouldn’t work right: Deficiency. Find the deficiency first. This way, we are working with human chemistry, not against it. Patient outcomes are more dramatic and more personal, with far less risk.
One thing we know is how vitamins and minerals work together as critical and essential players in human chemistry. What we as a society do not know is how the myriad drugs that many people take, these un-researched “cocktails” that are prescribed by sometimes 2, 3, and 4 medical professionals, work together or interfere with each other. It is an absolute unknown because these substances are not part of human chemistry, so, we simply don’t have a clear picture of how they work or don’t work with each other, and what sorts of side effects they may or may not produce when in combination. There is very little data about drug interactions to begin with, and there is practically no understanding of how, for instance, 4 or 5 different blood pressure medicines could possibly cause undocumented health problems in the patient who takes them. The pharmaceutical companies simply do not test their drugs against the host of other drugs that one could be taking. We simply don’t know.
But we do know how vitamin C interacts with minerals like iron and zinc. We know, clearly, how b-complex vitamins work together, and how the different forms of vitamin E get into different types of tissue and recycle other antioxidants like Vitamin C and Glutathione. We know that magnesium is involved in up to 600 different enzyme reactions and that 94% of cellular magnesium is in the mitochondria of cells, making it crucial for energy production. We also know that deficiency of ascorbate produces scurvy, and even sub-optimal levels produce “scorbutic symptoms”. We know that Vitamin D is formed from cholesterol, and that selenium is needed for the immune system to function. We know about the relationship between copper and zinc, and how Vitamin C regulates that interaction.
One would think that, with all this knowledge and understanding of how nutrients and biomolecules work and interact with one another, and with the complete lack of understanding of how drugs interact with one another, the latter-day-saints of the medical establishment would actually prioritize actual, real biochemistry and nutrient deficiency instead of the uncertainty of pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, this is not the case. And this is why Drugless Functional Medicine was created. It is, in the opinion of Dr Joseph, what medicine should be.