Functional medicine aims at improved long term outcomes in PH

[L-R] Michael Angelo Genato, Dr. Robert Luby (Executive Director of Medical Education of Institute for Functional Medicine), and Maria Victoria Romero-Salas (Executive Director of ROMLAS Health Group)


A revolutionary approach to prevent lifestyle diseases is now available in the Philippines.

Functional Medicine, an evidence-based and science-driven approach pioneered by ROMLAS Health Group (RHG), enables individuals to optimize their health even before falling ill.

“Chronic diseases are among the biggest healthcare challenges in the country today, and we believe that functional medicine is vital in helping address these,” Michael Genato, Group CEO of RHG said. “Our focus is on the fundamental causes of health concerns, and advocating healthier ways of living such that the approach is more preventive than reactive.”

Genato added that instead of viewing health problems based on symptoms, functional medicine treats the entire body, instead of just one organ relating to a particular symptom.

Michael Angelo Genato (Chief Executive Officer of ROMLAS Health Group)

He explained, “This way, we are able to fully assess one’s state of health and identify areas that need to be addressed. It’s not about stopping symptoms from recurring, but identifying the root cause of these issues and eliminating them at a much deeper level.”

Aiding DOH

Functional Medicine aims to help the Department of Health (DOH) F1 Plus Program which aims to have better health outcomes, a more responsive health system, and more equitable health financing, ultimately leading to universal healthcare for all Filipinos by 2030.

The Philippine government has already taken initiatives towards helping prevent NCDs by taxing sweetened beverages, and imposing additional taxes on cigarettes and alcohol in the hopes of making these less accessible, thereby encouraging less consumption.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), one out of three Filipinos die before the age of 70 from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) categorized under cardiovascular, diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases. Out of all these, heart disease and cancer are the two top causes of death in the country, most cases of which are heavily influenced by lifestyle factors.

RHG said that Functional Medicine can be divided into three categories—as a practice, a service, and a tool.

In RHG’s LifeScience Institute, a medical education and training provider for practitioners, functional medicine is included in their training to better equip them in proper assessment and management of complex chronic health conditions.

People who are looking to start their journey to health and wellness can go to LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness where they are guided with their Functional Medicine trained doctor, nutritionist-dietitian, health manager, and kinesis instructor.

Meanwhile, reliable functional diagnostics essential in providing a comprehensive view of one’s health is brought by RHG’s Global Medical Technologies, the leading advocate and solutions provider for functional medicine practitioners in the Philippines.

“A lot of people may think that health issues naturally come with age, are genetic or hereditary,” Genato said. “What we want them to realize is that it’s not true that nothing can be done about it. With the right mindset, combined with the right program and tools, it is very possible to live long, quality lives free of health concerns we thought we couldn’t escape.” Gelyka Ruth R. Dumaraos

Dec 2018 Health and Lifestyle

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