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After our initial phone assessment, I will send you an set of comprehensive functional medicine questionnaires from LivingMatrix to complete online before your appointment. This helps you to clarify your health goals and often makes you remember things you might have forgotten about! It also helps me to understand your wellness goals, medical history, your family medical history and also what might be driving your health concerns.
I’ll ask you to complete a food diary on LivingMatrix, and to email or bring in any medical test results you may have, along with any supplements or pharmaceutical medication you’re taking.
Your first visit will take 90 minutes, which is often a lot longer than you’ll spend with your GP. We’ll discuss all aspects of your health to try and determine the root causes of any health issues you may be having. I’ll focus on letting you tell me your story, physical assessment and perform diagnostic techniques in this session, which may include diagnostic iridology, pulse and tongue diagnosis (Ayurveda and TCM), blood pressure and any other relevant physical examinations.
I will then undertake a personalised health evaluation and you’ll receive a comprehensive therapeutic plan by email. This will include tailored nutritional advice, functional testing, informational handouts, meal ideas and recipes where relevant to best suit your needs and budget, along with lifestyle and other naturopathic recommendations, including nutritional supplements and herbal medicine. I will also suggest a programme going forward in order to best implement these changes. This will usually involve weekly or bi-weekly short coaching calls to devise a strategy for the implementation of changes together to brainstorm and tackle any difficulties you may come up against so you are well prepared. This helps to ensure success of the programme. I offer support both by email and phone in all my programmes.
If any testing is required, we will discuss this during your initial consultation.
I also use the Functional Dx blood test with a lot of my patients and other tests such as stool testing or adrenal function panels. I will refer you to a private laboratory for bloodwork (although I will soon offer in-house phlebotomy services) and other tests involving urine, saliva or stool samples can be done at home with the testing kits sent to you. Unlike traditional testing which focuses on pathology, functional testing offers comprehensive panels which combine standard and innovative biomarkers to offer a more complete snapshot of the health picture of an individual.
Functional testing, including genetic testing, may also help to identify problems before chronic disease and conditions have a chance to develop. Nutrigenomic tests are useful for identifying genetic factors which impact your ideal diet and optimum exercise duration and intensity, endurance, sport recovery and genetic factors which affect cholesterol metabolism, B vitamin and antioxidant status and oestrogen metabolism,which is important information for those with a family history of cancer and fertility issues.
Tests I regularly recommend include:
- FunctionalDx blood testing panels
- Cyrex auto-immune panels
- Food intolerance testing
- Comprehensive stool analysis
- Comprehensive cardiovascular assessment
- Comprehensive food allergy profile
- Female and male hormone panels
- Adrenal stress profile
- Total thyroid screen (including antibodies)
- Oestrogen metabolism
- Nutrigenomic testing
- Viral Screen
- Organic Acids Test
NB: All personal information shared with me is held in the strictest confidence; I am on the Data Protection Register.