The concept of “functional medicine” springs from the idea that medical care is an act of integration, not separation. Instead of simply addressing different symptoms across separate areas, functional medicine seeks to treat the root cause while looking at lifestyle factors including diet, environment, emotional health, and mindset that usually brings on the illness patients are seeking to heal.

The principles that characterize Functional Medicine care are as follows:

  • Medical practitioners prioritize quality over quantity with their patients. The practitioner will only make a medical diagnosis after carefully delving into a patient’s medical history, looking at lifestyle factors that are oftentimes causing illness, then making a personalized assessment based on each patient’s unique situation.
  • Assessment, natural healing, and prevention are prioritized over wait-and-see treatment approaches.
    The most modern and advanced medical equipment that is available is used along with natural forms of healing like upgrading diet and using healing herbs or supplementation with few or no side effects.
  • Patients are taught how to take a more active role in their own health and will learn up-to-date nutritional science and lifestyle modifications that can boost their health and overall wellness for a lifetime.

Utilizing the functional medicine approach helps patients to finally heal and deal with the root cause of illness that they have been struggling with for years.


Instead of relying on being prescribed medications again and again for temporary relief, Dr. Spencer Zimmerman and his team at Idaho Brain And Body Institute diagnose problems holistically in order to find lasting solutions and to arm patients with the modern tools for healthy living.

Since the founding of his practice, he and his team have helped patients heal from life-altering conditions such as fatigue, concussion, traumatic brain injuries, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, migraines, and more.

Whether Idaho Brain And Body Institute is the first clinic you are visiting for treatment, or simply the latest one, we’ll make sure we do everything in our power to find an effective treatment and make sure it’s also the last clinic you’ll need to visit.