One of the greatest things about my increased interest in health and wellness lately has been my discovery of functional medicine. I grew up with a very conventional experience with medicine and honestly had an overall pretty unpleasant experience with it. Yearly checkups and shots, cold, brief and impersonal consultations, and numerous medications (that were beyond unnecessary and actually damaged my health in the long run, looking back). I rarely left a doctor’s office without a prescription, whether it was for an antibiotic when I had a sore throat or–more than once–for an antidepressant after only a five minute chat (not cool). Conventional medicine and I did NOT get along. Little did I know that when I went through a period of really struggling with my health a couple of years ago, it would change my perspective of health and wellness completely.