Dr. Oubre speaks about the basics of functional medicine

Dr. Oubre speaks about the basics of functional medicine

At my practice we take a patient-centered team-based approach so we have a physician, we have a nurse
practitioner, we have a nutritionist we have a therapist on staff because every
person as a whole and has different facets of their health that they need
worked on. When I came out of residency I was a traditional family practice doctor
giving pills for every ill so to speak and just kind of covering up disease.
Most family doctors are out there because we want to help people and get
people healthier but ultimately if we don’t have the right tools to help them
we just end up continuing the same issues, prescribing medications, never
getting to the root causes. So instead, in functional medicine, as I
learned over time of being in private practice, I learned that there was this
other way of fixing problems, changing people’s nutrition, changing their
lifestyles, reducing their stress and ultimately I noticed that disease was
reversible. I even applied some of those same principles to myself and
reversed some of my own issues then as I started doing that I realized that this
was not feasible in a traditional medical sense of taking insurance so
ultimately I left that practice and started my own practice seeing patients
in a longer time frame. So my typical office visit is 60 to 90 minutes long where
I really sit down get to know the patient get to understand their whole
story that includes their children, their their mother, their stressors in their
lives and what all I can do to help reduce their stress, change their
lifestyle, what are some of the things preventing them from changing their life,
what’s standing in the way from them improving their diet and once we get
down to those root causes and we can change those things we can reverse
disease, once we start reversing disease all of a sudden healthcare gets much
cheaper, get’s more affordable, people get healthier and happier and then they
start referring their friends because they’re having tremendous success so
they send others our way and ultimately I believe this is the way we’re gonna
save healthcare. Right now healthcare is slated to bankrupt our whole country if
we don’t get to the root cause of problems start reversing disease instead
of just giving people medications then we’re going to bankrupt the country. In my functional medicine practice I spend 60-90 minutes with my patients each time, in the traditional medical practice you get 10 to 15
minutes because insurance companies don’t pay based on time they pay based
on volume and how many patients you can see so it’s impossible to get someone to
change their lifestyle, change their diet, change their stressors in 10 to 15
minutes. You can’t do anything in 10 to 15 minutes. My goals as a functional
medicine doctor is to continue educating my patients on how to make better
choices, how to reverse their disease and by teaching them they can teach others
everyone has 5 or 10 friends in their network and so if you can change one
life you actually change 5 to 10 people in their lives and that way we can
change the whole world by changing one life so if you can teach people why they
have the issues they have and what they need to do to reverse it you’d be
surprised at the the feed-forward effect that has on the whole underlying network.
It’s also my passion to put a lot of this education out on the internet which
is free and replicable, anybody can get on YouTube and look at the videos, share
them with their friends and we can actually spread knowledge in functional
medicine for free over social media. We’ve had patients from Australia from
Italy from all over the place send us messages saying they’ve changed their
lives, they’ve reversed their disease they’ve lost weight just by watching
some of the videos that we’ve done. These are patients that I’ve never even
touched I can only touch so many people in a day but by putting this
knowledge this education out there we can touch lives all over the world. One
of my other passions in functional medicine is making it affordable for as
many people as possible. Right now because insurance doesn’t really cover
functional medicine it’s difficult for everyone to afford it but by having
multiple staff members and a team-based approach we can actually keep functional
medicine affordable for as many people as possible in order to save our country
from going bankrupt. Functional medicine is the future of medicine, it is the
operating system that we all need to switch to and it needs to be affordable
for all.


  • Pam Lang says:

    What a great video~your passion for healing really comes across. Thank you for all you do.

  • Monica Stewart says:

    Awesome video! Thank you Dr Oubre wish I lived in Texas I would definitely see you.

  • Canadiana66 says:

    Dr Oubre shaped my life on many levels {Subscribing to him was the best decision I ever made} …I salute him! 🙋👌✌

  • Kon Stance says:

    Thankyou for your videos. You have helped me gain more knowledge into my health and body. Beginning with the first video i saw of you discussing inflamation in the body. Ive taken your advice and and am so appreciative of what you are doing. Many thanks and blessings to you from Australia.
    I look forward to seeing many more of your videos.

  • Lara O'neal says:

    Thank u. I left u a detailed question msg on ur digestive vid. Could u pls look at and msg me please. Can I call you?

  • Lara O'neal says:

    Do u take m’care.

  • The Broken says:

    Can you recommend a functional medicine doctor in Dallas area that can deal with the complexity of CFS? Preferably who has a background as an MD.

  • Ruthie Anderson says:

    Dr Oubre I love that you are taking this to the way we were taught in Nursing school– it's about teaching the patient and taking the TIME to educate the patient.

  • Kelly Clover says:

    I was wondering exactly what you would recommend for someone with systemic collagen deficiency? That is to say collagen deficiency is found throughout all the parts of the body where collagen is used.

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