“A new operating system for 21st century health care”
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison
Functional Medicine views the body’s signs and symptoms as the leaves of a tree that is rooted in the habits of a lifetime: nutrition, sleep and relaxation, exercise and movement, stress, and relationships. In doing so, it looks at the root cause of disease. We can shift the body towards a path leading to health and vitality.
Despite Edison uttering these words more than 100 years ago, it seems little has changed in our approach since then.
In Australia, one in two people now have a chronic disease! But our health care system was set-up in era when the biggest burden was short term health issues such as infectious diseases and injuries.
Are you looking for something more from your health care than 15 minute appointments? Are you tired of only working at your symptoms and not why you became sick in the first place?
Functional Medicine is a form of health care that treats the person, rather than treating the disease. As a Nutritionist, practicing Functional Medicine, I do not treat people with pharmaceuticals but use nutrition, lifestyle (sleep, stress, movement) and a full consideration of your health history.
Functional Medicine sees a return to care for the body and answers questions such as:
Why do you have this problem in the first place?
Why has function been lost?
What can we do to restore function?
What does your first Functional Medicine Consult look like?
The first consultation with my clients is 90 minutes. Compare this to the typical 15 minutes with a GP. This gives me the time to really listen to your situation, and piece together your health history, rather than just treating your symptoms. We dig into into how your health issues developed over time, your family history, what you have tried that makes your symtpoms better or worse, and which biochemical systems in the body may not be working well.
This allows me to get to the root cause of your condition. This is vital if we are going to work with more than just your symptoms. For instance an auto-immune disease may improve when gut health is addressed. It may also be affected by toxins from food or the environment, genetics, infections, and stress. When reduce these harmful causes, the auto-immune process may slow down and at the end of the day, you feel better!
Functional Medicine practitioners use cutting edge laboratory testing, but only as required. These tests go beyond the labels of disease and give a more complete picture of your unique biology. This allows interventions that are tailored to you.
Once we have an idea of the root causes that are making you sick, Functional Medicine works with nutrition, supplements, aswell as sleep, rest, movement, stress reduction, alongside your GP as appropriate. Our aim is for you to feel better and regain your health and vitality.
By identifying the root causes of your health issues, we only recommend supplements that are the most likely to be of benefit. This saves you money in the long-run!
Functional Medicine in Melbourne and Australia
Functional Medicine originates from the work of pioneers such as Dr Mark Hyman, Dr Jeffrey Bland, and practiced by Chris Kresser. In Melbourne, and Australia, unfortunately there are still only a small number true Functional Medicine practitioners, compared to overseas.