• Functional Medicine

    Functional Medicine

    Learn how functional medicine can help you and your health goals.

What is a Functional Medicine Practitioner?

Functional Medicine is mostly unheard of here in the UK, however it is gaining increasing popularity with those working in medical and natural health industries, not to mention the general public, because of its refreshing approach to healthcare.

As a Functional Medicine Practitioner in London I am a multi-disciplinarian that considers the impacts of nutrition, lifestyle, genetics, psychology, physiology and biochemical individuality. It is a patient focused approach whereby the patient and practitioner work together to develop a plan of action that is individualised to their own specific needs and requirements.

There are some key principles that make up the foundations of a Functional Medicine Practitioner and these include:

  • First do no harm
  • Do not just treat the symptoms
  • Identify the underlying cause
  • Make use of the healing power of nature
  • Prevention is better than cure
  • Teach, do not preach

This approach really resonated with me when I first started educating myself in the field of Functional Medicine back in 2011 and if it is an approach that resonates with you, I would be more than happy to offer my support.

Jayne Burder

6 weeks on and after a 30 day modified elimination diet and supplement protocol, I can confirm that I have a flat tummy and no bloating, I am going to the toilet on a regular basis and sleep between 6 and 8 hours a night, my aches and pains have gone and have lost a stone. I feel amazing and it is all down to Steve’s dedication and commitment to get to the root of my problem.

How a Functional Medicine Practitioner helped me

The reason Functional Medicine took my interest is because back in 2009-2011 I was suffering with some health challenges of my own. Even with my knowledge as a Nutritionist and Personal Trainer at the time, I could not figure out why I felt so bad and why my health had deteriorated.

As a young and fit individual I was suffering with incredibly low morning energy and energy fluctuations through the day, digestive symptoms, erratic mood and behavior, low sex drive amongst many other symptoms.

I had consulted with my doctor on a number of occasions and unfortunately following the limited tests that were run nothing was identified and I felt abandoned by our medical system – particularly when I was told that the symptoms must be in my head.

Fortunately I went to see a Functional Medicine Practitioner speak at the Royal Society of Medicine. Following that day I decided to work on my own health challenges with him. Within three months I was able to transform how I felt and by 6 months I felt 100% myself again. Upon initial investigation we found two chronic pathogenic bacterial infections within my digestive system along with some other hormonal imbalances. By addressing the imbalances in the digestive system we were able to address the majority of my symptoms and over time I gradually returned to my old self. Something at the time I was losing confidence I would ever get back.

Following that I went on to be mentored by that practitioner for over 2 years and we continue to work together on a professional level today. I have also gone on to continue my education within a Functional Medicine University in the U.S and the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Maryline

Today my RA symptoms have gone by 90/95%. I found a new senior role in a company and I love my new job, I have unbelievable energy, people think I am 10 years younger than my age. I have no hives or blurry vision symptoms anymore. I sleep well, I do not take painkillers anymore, I don’t have any flare ups, and my immune system is getting stronger.

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How becoming a Functional Medicine Practitioner has helped me help others

I feel privileged to be able to develop my skills in the field of Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine has been a great addition to my nutrition practice along with my past history working within the corrective exercise industry as well.

My clients have included high performance and medal winning athletes to actors at the top of their game, however one thing I am proud to say is that my methods are not exclusive to specific populations, they are something that I use with all of my clients which has seen me get good results helping people with issues relating to…

  • Digestion & Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Weight & Fat Loss
  • Blood sugar and diabetes management
  • Athletes and physical performance
  • Biosignature Modulation and physique preparation
  • Injury recovery and management
  • Hormonal & reproductive health
  • Thyroid imbalances
Janet Lyons

After 3 months it was time for my diabetic review and the follow up blood tests. To my amazement and the diabetic nurses’ amazement my average blood sugar score over the 3 months had gone from 8.6 down to 6.7, the lowest it had been in years.

Functional Medicine How I Can Help

How I can help you as your Functional Medicine Practitioner

When I first started working with my clients the most crucial phase is the initial consultation. It is before and during the initial consultation that I am able to build up a picture of your health journey, goals and challenges.

Initially I assess your health history & analysis, medical history, current & past symptoms, nutrition habits, lifestyle, and mental & emotional stressors. Once that information is gathered we can consider the possibility of additional laboratory testing to help guide my recommendations and to get to the bottom of your current challenges. In cases where tests have already been ran we are also able to review them in the initial consultation.

Following our initial consultation I am able to design and help you implement nutrition and lifestyle changes to support your goals and also assist in developing individualised protocols to help you move forward and reach your health goals. This process is then followed up with ongoing support and intermittent follow up consultations.

To get started all you have to do is complete the form below and get in touch with me. We can look at scheduling an initial consultation right away or we can arrange a time to speak briefly before coming in. I look forward to working with you.

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