Functional Medicine Specialist

Julie Taylor MD Center for Functional Medicine -  - Functional Medicine Doctor

Julie Taylor MD Center for Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine Doctors & Bioidentical Hormone Specialists located in Pasadena, CA

Dr. Julie Taylor practices functional medicine because she believes treatment of the whole person results in better health. Rather than simply addressing symptoms, Dr. Taylor’s functional approach addresses the underlying cause of disease or illness. If you are a man or woman living near Pasadena, CA and are frustrated and tired of not getting the answers and treatment you need, the care you need is close at hand at Julie Taylor MD Center for Functional Medicine.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine takes a patient-centered approach to screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Instead of looking at the patient as an illness or cluster of symptoms, Dr. Taylor considers your lifestyle, genetics, and environment when diagnosing and recommending treatments. This empowers you to take an active role in your own health.

What are the core principles of functional medicine?

As a functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Taylor recognizes that each patient is a unique human being whose biochemistry is influenced by genetics and their particular environment. She’s committed to patient-centered treatment and seeks to balance your mind, body, and spirit as a way to ultimate health. Dr. Taylor recognizes that all of your body systems are connected and a symptom in one may be caused by a disturbance in another.

Functional medicine views good health as more than the absence of disease, but as the enhancement of vitality. Her practice aims to extend the quality, not just the length of your life. Dr. Taylor will always be respectful of your needs, values, and preferences.

How does functional medicine differ from conventional medicine?

In functional medicine, the emphasis is on nourishing the basic foundational aspects of your health. These include quality of sleep, nutrition, stress management, relationships, genetics, and exercise. When any of these are out of balance, it has a dire impact on your health. Hormone irregularities, nutritional deficiencies, an abundance of stress, and aging can all disturb this “foundation” and affect your health.

Conventional medicine looks at the symptoms, often without regard to what may be causing them. While you may get resolution to acute problems with medication and other care, the underlying problems causing your symptoms may go undetected.

What should I expect at an appointment?

Dr. Taylor will spend an hour with you at your first appointment to connect and gain the information needed to develop a customized treatment plan. You’ll be asked about daily habits, prior illnesses, environmental exposures, and genetics. She may recommend specific lab tests, including blood and stool to determine how your systems are functioning. Treatment may include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, nutritional recommendations — provided by the on-staff dietitian — exercise and stress management techniques, botanical medicines, and conventional medications.