Facts about Functional Medicine

Have you heard about functional medicine? Julia Ward, MD, a primary care physician in Sugar Land, would like to introduce you to this holistic way of restoring health.

Functional medicine considers each individual as a whole — including nutritional habits, vitamin deficiencies, hormones, and sleep patterns — and searches for the underlying causes of illness. A doctor who practices functional medicine will uncover what may have caused the illness to begin with, and then determine how to best restore function and vitality.

For example, imagine you have a chronic condition like asthma. (The term “chronic” means that it’s persistent and long-lasting). In traditional medicine, you would see a doctor for an evaluation, diagnosis, and medication to control your asthma.

A functional medicine doctor looks deeper, beyond just the medication. The solution may also include supplements, bioidentical hormones, and nutritional therapy, as well.

With over 20 years of experience as a primary care physician, Dr. Ward practices functional medicine in Sugar Land, partnering with her patients for a more holistic approach to treating chronic illness. Having experienced functional medicine as a patient herself, Dr. Ward truly believes it is the most effective way to bring patients to better health and wellness.


All of our body’s systems are intricately connected, and what affects one system may cause illness in another. Here are a few examples:

  • Adrenal fatigue, caused when adrenal glands are overworked and depleted (most often due to chronic stress and poor diet), can lead to tiredness and decreased functioning.
  • Poor digestive health, brought on by unhealthy choices in food, bacteria, and antibiotics, often leads to “leaky gut” and an impaired immune system. Your body may not process hormones, vitamins and minerals properly, leading to a host of medical concerns.

With a careful assessment including medical history, examination and screenings, Dr. Ward can get at the root cause of your illness and help you overcome it.

Now back to our asthma example.

Chronic wheezing can be caused by a number of things, including allergens, pollutants, food additives, reflux, and stress. Dr. Ward may recommend lifestyle changes to help you overcome the chronic asthma for good, including supplements to boost your immune health and energy, an eating plan to help heal your digestive tract, and help for managing the stress in your life.

Functional medicine considers every aspect of your body’s care. Would you like to know more?

Schedule time to meet with Dr. Ward at her medical practice, Balanced Body Image, in Sugar Land, Texas. It’s her goal to help patients live fulfilled, productive, and healthy lives.

Contact Balanced Body Image at 281-710-3380 today.