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After our initial phone assessment, I will send you a log in for my patient website and app system 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. There is also a genetic expression questionnaire to complete.
There is a food diary to complete (you can either upload pictures, videos or write descriptions), and I will ask you to upload, email or bring in any medical test results you may have, along with any supplements or pharmaceutical medication you’re taking so I can ensure you are taking these safely and that potentially dangerous depletions interactions may be mitigated.
Your first visit will take 75-90 minutes (children’s initial appointments are 60 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, bio-electrical impedance analysis 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 work with new patients on packages only, unless you are only interested in a second opinion or functional testing analysis that does not require further follow up. Packages involve a number of appointments which are spaced out in accordance with a strategy for implementation. Messaging support on my patient website and app allows us together to brainstorm and tackle any challenges you may come up against so you are well prepared. This helps to ensure success of the programme. I offer support via the app, and phone or video calls can be booked where necessary as these are incorporated in your package.
If any testing is required, we will discuss this during your initial consultation or further down the line.
I also use the Functional Dx blood test with a lot of my patients and other tests such as organic acids, stool testing or dried urine panels (DUTCH, ZRT and others). I will refer you to a private laboratory for bloodwork 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. Specialised panels such as Maintrac are also offered for cancer patients.
Functional testing, including genetic testing, may also help to identify problems before chronic disease and conditions have a chance to develop. Functional testing can also help when you are on specific medications and you need to find out how well they are working and what impact they are having on your body. We can often use herbal medicine to balance out any unwanted changes (e.g. when patients are on aromatase inhibitors or anti-depressants, it’s important to be able to see how well they are working and if they are even helpful for the patient).
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 with Cleveland Heart Labs
- Comprehensive food allergy profile
- Armin Labs testing for Lyme and co-infections
- Mycotoxin assays
- Female and male hormone panels
- Neurotransmitter panels
- Total thyroid screen (including antibodies)
- Oestrogen metabolism
- Nutrigenomic testing
- Viral Screens
- Organic Acids Test
NB: All personal information shared with me is held in the strictest confidence; I am on the Data Protection Register and strictly follow GDPR guidelines.