What is Functional Medicine?

Going beyond the symptoms to the root cause!

In Functional Medicine, we focus on looking beyond the symptoms, so that we can identify and address the root causes of a disease. We pay close attention to the impact that diet, lifestyle, emotional and environmental factors have on a person’s health and use this information to establish the origin of someone’s health problems. We often use functional testing to support our quest to identify the root causes.

To really understand what is going on with your health, we try and look at the whole picture so that we can give you the best support.

Our service is:

Specific to your needs

We use a timeline of your health and illness to help us identify the root causes of your illness and create a plan that is specific to your needs.

Functional Testing

In order to get the best long term results, we use functional laboratory tests alongside your medical history to address the underlying causes of your thyroid and gut problems.

Person centered approach

In Functional Medicine we focus on the person, rather than the disease. This means that we don’t isolate problems to one specific area in the body, but instead look at your body as one interconnected system. We also take into account how lifestyle, environmental and emotional factors may be influencing your body.

How can a Functional Medicine approach help you?

Instead of looking at ways to mask your symptoms, we want to understand why you have the symptoms in the first place? By understanding the underlying factors that has driven imbalance in your body, it enables us to restore the imbalance and bring you back to health. Thyroid and gut dysfunction are often the result of a myriad of problems and whilst thyroid medication can improve symptoms and quality of life, it doesn’t address the underlying factors that triggered the imbalance in the first place. The same with gut health, so many people with IBS, SIBO, indigestion and more, might see small improvements by using the FODMAP diet or using a SIBO specific diet, but unless you address the underlying issues, the problem will continue and you will experience ongoing relapses and over time progressively get worse.

Functional medicine is a safe and effective model and has been improving lives for thousands of people around the world. By embarking on this journey with me, you can restore your gut, revive your thyroid, renew your vitality and reclaim your health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I am a fully qualified Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist. I obtained my qualification by studying with the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) for 3 years. Shortly after completing this, I completed my Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) with the Institute of Functional Medicine. I am currently studying to become a Certified Functional Medicine practitioner. I am also a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Both these bodies require continuous professional development and I spend a great deal of time furthering my education. I have also done specific SIBO training with Dr. Alison Siebecker and became a Certified Gluten Practioner after completing training with Dr. Tom O’Bryan.

Before your initial consultation you will be asked to complete an in-depth health questionnaire covering your health history, your immediate family health history, your current symptoms, medication and much more. This along with a detailed food diary needs to be completed as accurately and honestly as possible at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. This will allow me time to prepare for your case so that we can use the initial consultation to get stuck into the detail. The initial consultation lasts approximately 90-minutes and will be used to discuss your health history and goals in more detail. We will also go through my initial recommendations and allow time to ensure that my proposed plan is both achievable and realistic for you. My ultimate aim is for you to succeed and achieve your health goals, so it is imperative that we create a protocol that is going to support you each step of the way. You will receive your written plan within five working days from your consultation.

At present, my aim is to provide you with the best package that is going to enable you to get back to feeling your best. Years in clinic has taught me that every person is unique and a one-sized approach does not fit all. This is why I offer a 30-minute free assessment call where we can discuss your current health in more detail and look at the best possible options that is going to support you in achieving your goals. I often suggest functional testing as part of a package, as I truly believe that this is the quickest and more accurate way for you to achieve your goals.

Everyone is unique and biochemically different, which means that everyone will respond differently to a particular Wellness Plan. There are no quick fixes when it comes to addressing things from the root up. There are many variables and it depends on a person’s condition and how long they have been dealing with symptoms. Some individuals may experience significant improvements in two-three months, whilst other more complex cases may only see improvements after six months or longer.

I frequently use supplements to support the work that I do with my clients as it helps to speed up the process and allows me to steer your body back into balance. These supplements are NOT INCLUDED in the consultation fee. I generally tailor this to your budget, which will be discussed in more detail during the initial consultation. Functional testing may or may not form a part of your initial package. Any testing suggested at a later date will be charged for separately.

If you can no longer attend your consultation, please let me know as soon as possible and we will arrange a suitable alternative date. If you wish to cancel your consultation for any reason, please give at least 48-hours notice, otherwise you will not be refunded.

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