Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine Specialist
Functional medicine, as defined by The Institute of Functional Medicine, is "an integrative, science-based healthcare approach….involving understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment" of chronic illness. Instead of focusing on the symptoms or the disease, attention is given to the whole person, looking for the underlying causes. At Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics in West Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Cheri Standing offers functional and integrative pediatric services to children of all ages. Call us now to schedule a consultation to learn more about our wellness programs and how your child can benefit from practices like nutrition counseling, mindfulness and regular exercise.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is pediatric functional medicine?


Pediatric functional medicine considers how the child’s history, physiology, and lifestyle connect and inter-relate to affect their health. There is an epidemic of chronic illnesses in Western culture. These are conditions such as allergies, eczema, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, type II diabetes, ADHD, autism, and PANS. To heal these conditions requires a shift in focus from the acute care model of conventional medicine to a more holistic/metabolic approach. All aspects of the child’s life are evaluated within the dynamic of their family and community.

Functional medicine shares many core beliefs with Integrative medicine, using the best of conventional medicine along with evidence-based complementary therapies and nutrition. Both practices recognize that good medicine is based in good science. Dr. Standing maintains her conventional medicine credentials but is a proponent of functional and integrative pediatrics because she recognizes that all play a role in modern health care.

When you visit Dr. Standing, she will take time to listen to your child(ren)’s complete health history. This includes anything the child may have inherited, what the environment is like where they spend most of their time, and what lifestyle the family practices. Her goal is to find the root cause of your child(ren)’s symptoms or chronic illness. When she understands all aspects of your family's diet and lifestyle including mind, body and spirit, she can work with you to customize a plan that addresses your child(ren)’s individual needs.


How can my child benefit from functional pediatrics?


Parents and children who work with Dr. Standing find that by adopting functional/integrative modalities, children begin to learn healthy habits at a young age and can understand their body's needs and what it means to feel good. In fact, the whole family often benefits and learns along with the child when working with Dr. Standing.

If you are motivated and committed to making lifelong diet and lifestyle changes, are interested in helping your child learn and appreciate some of the approaches that are often only offered to adults---like mindfulness and nutritional education---contact Dr. Standing today to reserve a seat at her next free dinner talk. Should you choose to work with Dr. Standing she will begin by meeting with both parents so together you can determine the best plan for you and your child. Dr. Standing’s 4 to 6-month comprehensive programs include individual sessions with Dr. Standing, a health coach, exercise specialists, reading material, group classes and online video material. Dr. Standing and her team will work closely with your family to mentor you through each step of the process and make sure you feel supported. As you and Dr. Standing discover what works for your child(ren), you can help them develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

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