James Howton, D.O.
During the past 25 years of taking care of adults and children alike, Dr. Howton’s philosophy and experience have grown to recognize that true healing comes when a physician takes a Functional Medicine Approach.
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. It requires a physician who listens and takes the time to analyze the complexity of a patient’s health issues – luxuries sadly absent in Traditional Medicine.
As a Functional Medicine Practitioners he looks “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness.Dr. Howton considers the unique genetic makeup of each patient, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
Dr. Howton is very passionate about this field and thrives to be a role model for his patients, through living what he preaches. He enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle, which includes healthy eating, taking high quality supplements, and weight and cardio-training. He is on the cutting edge of the latest techniques in this field of medicine, but at the same time relies heavily on well-based research, thus implementing only the safest and most effective methods for his patients. Dr. Howton constantly updates his knowledge through daily reading and research and regularly travels all over the country and the world to attend various seminars and lectures. Through the utilization of his customized and integrative medical programs you will achieve your objective of healthy aging and well-being and enjoy the life in your years to come.
James Howton, D.O. is a Board-Certified Family Practice physician whose passion and purpose come to life through his belief that patients make better choices about their health when they understand all the relevant factors that lead to their disease.He has applied the core principle of ‘Patients Powered by Knowledge’ at Restore Health Center, where he practices Anti-Aging, Functional, Restorative and Integrative medicine achieving tremendous success with his patients by finding, treating and reversing the root cause of illness.
Dr Howton is among a small number of physicians in the US with double board-certifications in Anti-Aging Medicine and Family Practice. He is also Fellowship trained in Functional Medicine. Dr Howton is a member of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Why do we need Functional Medicine?
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. These diseases are traditionally managed with multiple drugs that have side effects as well as drug-drug interactions. Our traditional medical system is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg.
Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
Treating a symptom such as depression, fibromyalgia or irritable bowel syndrome with just another drug is not Functional Medicine. A Functional Medicine physician will address ones thyroid, adrenal as well gut health, knowing that that is where often the root causes lie. Understanding how hormones are synthesized and the cortisol steal effect is key in this process. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise. It incorporates the use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques, prescribes combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, and implements detoxification programs or stress-management techniques.