I have trained extensively in Functional Medicine and am one of only 25 fully certified IFM practitioners in the UK. Functional Medicine is a holistic and science-led approach which treats each person individually, focusing on the underlying factors that are causing and fuelling your symptoms or condition. The guiding principle is getting to the root cause of health issues and thereby restoring the body to optimal health and wellness.
The way that I work with clients differs considerably from the conventional model. Somewhat like a health detective, I will gather clues from your past, conduct thorough testing and scientific research to identify what is impacting your health, and unlock your true vitality. The key to this is the development of a personalised plan, that I call a Functional Health Roadmap, which includes nutritional advice, botanical medicines, supplements, specialised dietary programs (such as gut healing, weight-loss or tailored elimination diets), stress-management techniques and exercise advice.
In Functional Medicine, there's no one-size-fits-all treatment so even if you and a friend have the same symptoms or condition you won't get the same treatment plan because your journeys have been entirely different and unique.
It takes time to find root causes, conduct testing and research and connect all the dots to best optimise your health. In this type of work I cannot truly help you in 1 to 2 sessions. It's rather like committing to increase your fitness in order to run a marathon; a one off session at the gym or going to a class every once in while isn't going to achieve your goal of completing that marathon.
After years practicing in this way and due to the nature of the cases I take on, I offer Consultation Packages as a way of working with me over a period of time. This is likely to be quite different to other nutritionists or practitioners you have worked with that offer individual appointments.
Why do I offer packages vs one off consultations?
There is not just one event that causes poor health, but instead, a series of events has to line up to create the ‘perfect storm’ for developing a condition or a set/group of symptoms. These events in Functional Medicine are called triggers or root causes: examples are an infection, a highly stressful event, grief, a protein such as gluten, medication, poor oxygen delivery in the form of anaemia or environmental toxins such as mercury. All can, and do, cause a biological response within the body which impacts upon a gland, an organ or an entire system (gastrointestinal, endocrine, immune, structural, cardiovascular and so on).
Modern medicine will break these systems into separate components to be “treated”. The human body doesn’t operate this way. Every system affects every other system. Hormones, the immune system, digestive function and brain health are a tightly woven, interconnected matrix.
To facilitate this level of change takes time, dedication and commitment from both sides (you the patient and me as your guide) and therefore a package structure provides this framework for both of us.
Working in this way allows me to truly focus on your case and allows the time to deep dive into all the aspects that could be impacting your health. I take on a limited number of new clients each month, and instead of filling my diary with individual back-to-back appointments, I schedule in time before and after each appointment with you to prepare, which includes researching the medical literature and analysing lab test results in relation to your case history. This means that committing to a package ensures that all this time outside of the consultation time is reserved in my diary for you!
To be able to truly provide the support people need on their journey to improved and optimal health I passionately believe this is the best way.
I look forward to meeting you either in clinic or virtually and becoming your health detective, restoring you to optimal health!
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