What is Functional Medicine?

According to The Institute for Functional Medicine, “Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting 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.

Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their 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.”

Together, I believe we can change the doctor and patient relationship to achieve your desired level of optimal health.

– Dr. Anup Kanodia

Functional Medicine

  • Health oriented
  • Patient centered
  • Biochemical individuality
  • Holistic
  • Cost Effective
  • Looks at underlying causes of disease
  • Preventative approach
  • High touch/high tech

Conventional Medicine

  • Disease oriented
  • Doctor centered
  • Everyone is treated the same way
  • Specialized
  • Expensive
  • Diagnosis based on symptoms
  • Early detection of disease
  • High tech

Why See a Functional Medicine Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a health professional that has university qualifications consisting of a 4-year Bachelor Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or a 3-year Science Degree followed by a Master Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. RDs must also complete 1200 hours of supervised practical training in different hospital and community settings. The “RD” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

A nutritionist is a non-accredited title that may apply to somebody who has done a short course in nutrition or who has given themselves this title. The term Nutritionist is not protected by law; therefore people with different levels of knowledge can call themselves a “Nutritionist”.

“After talking with a dietitian, 57% felt better emotionally, 37% felt better physically, 64% felt in control of their condition, and 43% noticed improved health indicators.” Schiller MR, J Am Diet Assoc. 1998.

Research Links

Current Research

Dr. Kanodia is currently co-principal investigator with Martha Herbert, MD, PhD on a research study funded by the Wallace Research Foundation. Martha is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist and Neuroscientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The goal of the study is to collate health, quality of life and cost of outcomes in functional medicine clinics. The hope is to show patients getting better outcomes at lower costs for better quality of life.

Past Research Articles

Onate J, Kanodia AK. “P4 Medicine, Part II:  The Athletic Trainer in the Personalized Primary Care Setting.” International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training. 2013; 18(2): 1-3.

Kanodia AK, Kim I, Sturmberg J. “A Personalized Systems Medicine Approach to Refractory Rumination.” Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2011; 17: 515-519.

Kanodia AK, Grandominico JM, Rainey HA. “Integrating Chiropractic into Primary Care.” Alternative and Complementary Therapies. 2010; 16 (6): 359-360.

Kanodia AK, Legedza A, Davis R, Eisenberg D, Phillips R. “Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Back Pain: Factors Associated with Perception of Helpfulness.” Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2010; 23 (3): 354-362.

Grover ML, Bracamonte JD, Kanodia AK, Bryan MJ, Donahue SP, Warner AM, Edwards FD, Weaver AL. “UTI in women over age 65: Is age alone a marker of complication?” Journal of American Board of Family Medicine.2009; 22: 266-271.

Hartmark-Hill, J, Kanodia AK, Frey K. “53 year-old man with a swollen finger.” Mayo Clinic 2008 Feb; 83 (2): 217-220.

Grover ML, Bracamonte JD, Kanodia AK, Bryan MJ, Donahue SP, Warner AM, Edwards FD, Weaver AL. “Assessing Adherence to Evidence Based Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections.” Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2007; 82(2): 181-185. http://lib.bioinfo.pl/pmid:18241632

Anshara S, Kanodia A. “Cellular memory release: a new modality for depression.” Beginnings. 2006; 26 (1): 8-9.


Kanodia A, Murray PA, Damron DS. “Diazepam Increases Intracellular Calcium and Contraction Following Beta Adrenergic Stimulation In Myocytes”; Anesthesia & Analgesia 90: S56, 2000. (Presented at an international meeting)