A Real Answer for Chronic Disease

1 out of 3 American has some form of a chronic disease and most of the rest experience symptoms of one developing.

Chronic Disease affects over 113 million Americans.

24 million Americans have an auto-immune disease.

50 million Americans have an allergic disease.

30 million Americans have asthma.

60 million Americans have irritable bowel syndrome.

1 in 3 children born today will develop type 2 diabetes.

1 in 2 over 85 will develop dementia.

The majority of people have no idea how bad they feel or how significant a disruption that there is in their body until they start to feel better. Most individuals don’t recognize that fatigue, digestive issues, aches, pains, allergies, mood swings … are not just annoying symptoms but are early clues to underlying biological dysfunction that may develop into a full-blown disease over time. For example, we can detect arterial changes in teenagers that we will develop into cardiovascular and cerebrovascular (brain vessel) disease by their 50’s.

Traditional Medicine - also called Conventional Medicine - addresses illness at the end stages. If you have an acute illness, emergency, fracture, etc… then conventional acute care is the answer for you. But for the rest (which is the majority) chronic conditions are the norm. For these the answer is root cause analysis, or finding the root cause of their condition. This is the essence of Functional Medicine.

Functional Medicine - also called systems medicine or biologic medicine - is a movement on the cutting edge of an entire shift in our scientific model of disease. It provides a way of understanding all the influences on our biology that are at the root of illness and how our lifestyle and environment interact with our genes to create the imbalances or balances that are the real causes of disease.

Functional Medicine does not reduce disease to its component parts and thus into specialties. Instead, it views the entire ecology of the body and its environment. Disease is not something you ‘catch’ but is related to your genes, your diet, the environment, your lifestyle and your mental and spiritual health. Our body is a small ecosystem that is a part of a greater ecosystem. Through scientific advances in the last two decades we have been able to discover many of these relationships and Functional Medicine takes all the above into account when evaluating a person.

Functional Medicine Model

Functional Medicine moves beyond particular signs & symptoms through the entire ecology of the body and its environment to the root cause of a condition.

The Promise of Functional Medicine

This is the promise of Functional Medicine—an opportunity to cure or significantly reduce chronic disease and to discover vibrant health at any age. It is not perfect nor can it address 100% of health problems but it is a better way of looking at our health and our bodies interaction with the world around us. A Functional Medicine physician will view and address the interconnectedness of the system below and create a care plan to realign one’s whole body system.


Since 2010, Richmond Integrative and Functional Medicine has been helping people to restore their health and hope with an integrative approach to conventional and alternative medicine that’s entirely science-backed. We at RIFM believe everyone is made for health. We offer a comprehensive, in-person patient membership program to ensure you get access to the care you need to thrive.


Using our integrative model, treatments typically include:

  • Medicinal Dietary Plans
  • Neutriceutical Treatment Plans
  • Herbal & Phytonutrients Treatments
  • Genetic Evaluations
  • Epigenetic Treatment Protocols
  • Systems biology evaluation (also known as the Functional Medicine Matrix)
  • Detoxification Protocols
  • Digestive System Evaluations & Microbiome Treatments
  • Body Impedance Analysis
  • Injection & IV Vitamin Therapies
  • IV glutathione