A personalised approach to health that identifies and addresses the underlying cause.
Functional Medicine recognises the biological uniqueness of each and every individual and asks the key question of why? not what? (Why has this manifested? rather than what drug/supplement should you take?) No two people have the same genetic makeup, history or life experiences. Each and every one of us is unique and different, and as a result outlays the importance of an approach to health that addresses these differences. In contrast to conventional health care (which excels at emergency and trauma care, and credit where it is due!) it is not very good at fostering health and is almost entirely focused on just suppressing symptoms with no real thought to the underlying cause.
In fact the subject of health rarely comes up at all in conventional medical textbooks, which are entirely focused on disease. Functional medicine eliminates symptoms by addressing the underlying cause of a problem, thus clearing your path to optimal health. It is an integrative evidence-based field of health care that views the body as a completely interconnected whole, and recognises the importance of these connections and the role they play in health and disease. In functional medicine, the client is educated, empowered and inspired to play an active role in their healing process.
Who are my clients
I work with clients with a wide range of chronic health problems ranging from digestive disorders, food intolerances/allergies and dermatological conditions to hormonal imbalances thyroid conditions, autoimmune disease and infertility. A lot of my clients are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, and come to me with health conditions that haven’t improved from traditional treatment, doctors and prescription medication or they just want to start with a natural approach to optimise their health. Many have been given a diagnosis and others just simply don’t feel well. They generally feel exhausted all the time, are mentally foggy, are gaining or have difficulty shifting weight and know something is not right, even though they are constantly told from their doctor that there is nothing wrong and all tests are clear.
Clients suited to my services:
Are interested in discovering and addressing the underlying cause of their problems, rather than just suppressing symptoms.
Are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired and know something is not right even though their doctors keep telling them they are fine.
Want a holistic approach to their health and wellbeing and do not want to rely on drugs and medical intervention for the rest of their lives.
Want to optimise their health, take a preventative approach and have a natural 'check-up' to keep on track with their goals.
Are motivated to play an active role in their own healing process and take control of their health.
Are willing and ready to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes to support their health and wellbeing.
What conditions do I treat
The foundations of functional medicine are based on the fact that the body is an interconnected whole and recognise that in order to treat one part of the body, all of the other parts must also be considered. This is in contrast to conventional medicine where the body is broken down into parts and are treated separately (there is a specialist for each part ie; cardiologist, immunologist, gastroenterologist etc) with little thought to the interconnectedness of the body. This is why functional medicine practitioners are able to treat such a wide variety of health problems.
TREATABLE CONDITIONS INCLUDE:
- Autoimmune Disease
- Digestive Disorders (Gerd/Reflux, Candida overgrowth)
Female Disorders (PMS, Infertility, PCOS, Menopause)
MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Overweight and Obesity
- Elevated Cholesterol
Heavy Metal/Mercury Toxicity
Pre Diabetes/Insulin Resistance
Thyroid Disorders -(Hypothyroid/Hyperthyroid)
How I work
As a functional medicine practitioner I focus on identifying and addressing the underlying cause of a condition, rather than just suppressing the symptoms. To get to the root cause I use a variety of tools to help my investigations, including a thorough medical history and examination, detailed questionnaires and specific functional medicine laboratory techniques (blood, urine, saliva and stool testing). I then implement a variety of holistic health principles including nutritional and herbal therapy, supplements, detoxification and lifestyle interventions, stress management techniques and medicinal movement and exercise programing to realign and restore optimal function. For true healing to take place it is essential that the root cause of the condition is identified and addressed and only then will you experience lasting results and vibrant health. By understanding the key foundations (systems) of the body, how they are related and linked and how their function can be restored many chronic illnesses can be prevented and even reversed.