P4 Medicine is becoming increasingly important for the continued health of patients. Its two major objectives are to quantify wellness and demystify disease. This is the true Functional Medicine (FM) paradigm. P4 medicine is the clinical face of systems medicine. P4 medicine will make blood a diagnostic window for viewing health and disease for the individual. FM doctors are the ones at the forefront of P4 Medicine. Here's what "P4 Medicine" stands for, and what you should know about this new method of FM healthcare:
Predictive: We use predictive diagnostic tools... predictive biomarkers and genomic mapping.
Preventive: We use health and lifestyle modifications to prevent chronic disease before it sinks its ugly teeth in. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention.
Personalized: Our providers spend "time" and "listen" to our patients. They are able to formulate very personal and individual programs and plan for our patients. No cookie cutter medicine here.
Participatory: We like our patients to be engaged. We like to be collaborators in their health. We don't dictate or demand by fiat as "the doctor" but ask our patients to be engaged in their own health. We also encourage some individuals to consult "Dr. Google" to help educate themselves and we jump in to dispel myths and misleading information.
Precision: For the providers at Carolina Holistic Medicine, adding a fifth "P" to "P4 Medicine" is vital to the CHM mission. Implementing predictive bio-markers is a very precise way to limit unnecessary and worthless diagnostics (including dangerous ones too). CHM providers use liquid biopsies (bio-markers) instead of tests that expose patients to unnecessary pain, harm and radiation. For more about "P5 Medicine" at CHM, contact our offices in Murrells Inlet, Charleston and Cary NC.