Our Mission 

At Zenith Medical Centre, we belief that with Functional Medicine you can achieve optimal health regardless of the presence or absence of disease. Building on our philosophy of loving people first, we strive to create an environment filled with hope and care. As we listen carefully to your concerns, we partner with you to create a personalized treatment plan focused on treating the root cause of your illness and empowering your body to begin the innate healing process.

 

What is Functional Medicine?

 

Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting from the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Like any other Functional medicine practitioners, Dr Ogunjobi spend time with his patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

 

Why Do We need Functional Medicine?

  • Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • The latest National Health Survey found that 11.4 million Australians, almost 50 per cent, now have a chronic disease 1.
  • Our younger generation is suffering from depression, anxiety, autism and ADHD. Our older generation is suffering from Parkinson’s, Osteoporosis and dementia and everyone else in between is suffering from obesity, diabetes , cholesterol, hypertension and  stress.

  • The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
  • Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
  • There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
  • Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrients, herbs, hormones, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.

How is Functional Medicine Different?

 

Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:

 

  • Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.

 

  • An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.

 

  • Integrating best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrients, herbs, hormones, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

We thank you for taking time to read this piece. This type of clinical interaction is not like the general consultation either in with a General Practitioner or any other medical specialists. Therefore it requires greater commitment and sustained determination to discover the root cause.

    

 

Do you know that Vascular diseases like Hypertension, Coronary Artery diseases and Heart attack are sub-clinical diseases? They started about 10 to 30 years or more prior to any cardiovascular events. In some studies, there are findings suggesting this early evidence of cardiovascular disease in the form of fatty streaks documented in children in the first and second decades of life2. The process began as a dysfunction of the lining of the blood vessel wall, followed by changes in compliance of arteries and later leading to stiffness of the vessels wall with no clinical symptoms. These changes similarly occur in the heart quietly for many years. This is why at Zenith Medical Centre, we have invested in technologies that allow earlier identification of cardiovascular dysfunction (abnormal function) before any structural changes have occurred.

 

We have now acquired Vitalscan machine to  assess your Autonomic Function Testing (ANS), Resting ECG Assessment, Arterial Vascular Assessment, Pulse Wave Velocity and Ankle Brachial Indices (ABI). That is not all; we also check for Sudomotor sympathetic skin potential (SudoCheck), Quantitative Sudomotor Axon Reflex Test (QSART) Sympathetic Skin Response (SSR); Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) and Body Composition Analysis.

 

With the above tests, we can uncover major illnesses (that are still quite) and other hidden illnesses even before you are given a diagnosis 2

 

In conclusion, we do not advise new patients to Zenith Medical Centre to just come in for Functional Medicine consultation or treatment. As we are a general practice, initial evaluation will need to be conducted as a normal general consultation and patient will be advised if or not he or she will be suitable for a Functional Medicine approach.  If you want to know what it takes Click here. 

 

Reference

1. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/australias-health/chronic-conditions-and-multimorbidity

2 Personalized and Precision Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine 

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