"You cannot escape from the biological law of cause and effect - food choices are the most significant
cause of disease and premature death."
My training, research and clinical practice is based on the Functional Medicine model, which incorporates getting to the root of the issue, using holistic approaches, and understanding that the mind, body and spirit are interconnected.
What's this mean?
Chronic disease doesn’t happen overnight…
Functional medicine considers how our exposure to chemical, functional or nutritional imbalances contribute towards illness or wellness. Remember that niggle you've had for months or even years?
We are unique
We are all genetically and biochemically unique. Through our life-course we are made up of interactions between our genes, environment, nutritional status, emotions and more…
Functional Medicine is science based. The mind and spirit as well as organs, glands and systems affect each other. When we understand these relationships we better understand the function of the body.
What is helping – what is harming?
Functional Medicine views the body as being intelligent and having the capacity for self-regulation, through dynamic cellular balance, restoration, detoxification and more. What does your body need to function optimally, and what might be harming it?
The focus of support in Functional Medicine is on the patient, not the disease, and on restoring health and function not controlling or masking symptoms.
Food is information
Food is far more than protein, fats, carbs, vitamins and minerals. Other than nourishing our bodies, and feeding our souls, every mouthful of food we eat sends messages to our genes. This information switches some genes on and turns others off. Nutrigenomics studies how food affects our genes and how our genes can affect the way we respond to different nutrients.
Vitality and oomph
True health is not just the absence of disease, it is about feeling vibrant and being able to live the life you want to live.
“Diet is the most prominent life-long environmental impact on human health.” (Kussman & Fay, 2008).
Want to read more?:
Jones DS (2010) Textbook of Functional Medicine, Institute for Functional Medicine
Kussmann M & Fay L (2008) Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition: Science and Concept. Personalized Medicine 5:5:447-455.
Trujillo E, Davis C, Milner J (2006) Nutrigenomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, and the Practice of Dietetics
Functional medicine emphasizes a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis.
Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function.
For more information about Functional Medicine visit: www.functionalmedicine.org
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professionals how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5 day training course called "Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice TM."
I attended and completed the AFMCPTM-UK training in London in 2015.
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professionals how to apply these principles in practice in relation to nutritional physical examination and laboratory analysis through an intensive 2.5 day training programme.
I attended and completed the inaugural Functional Nutrition Workshop training in London in 2014.
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professionals how to apply these principles in practice in relation to gastrointestinal function through an intensive 2.5 day advanced training practice programme.
I attended and completed the inaugural APM-UK GI in London in 2013.