Functional medicine emphasises 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.
Nutritional Therapists work with individuals who suffer from acute and chronic conditions and use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. As a Nutritional Therapist, this approach allows me to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health; I treat the whole person, not just the condition itself.
In order to retain my BANT registration I must undertake annual CPD hours, ensuring I continue learning and keep up to date with the latest research. In addition to this I renew and review my knowledge almost daily; following a consultation I am likely to undertake research like a voracious private detective in order to fully understand the physiological factors contributing to your symptoms and what I can do to help.
I’m far from perfect; and fundamentally love food, cooking, wine and good beer! I am a glutton at heart and have had to learn a way of sustainable healthy eating to ensure my health improved and remained so. Because I understand that eating well can be a challenge, I can offer practical, realistic, long term support.