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What is Functional Medicine (FM)?“Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.” As defined by The Institute for Functional Medicine
What is Functional Nutrition?“Functional Nutrition emphasizes the importance of high quality foods and phytonutrient diversity to address clinical imbalances and move individuals toward the highest expression of health. Advanced nutrition assessment and a thorough Functional Medicine based history leads to a personalized therapeutic intervention created to promote optimal health and prevent diet- and lifestyle-related disease. Nutrition is the core modality of Functional Medicine, an integrative approach to health.” As defined by The Institute for Functional Medicine To practice in a truly ‘functional’ way, functional nutritional therapists use FM tools, such as a timeline, functional medicine matrix and GOTOIT (Gather, Organise, Tell, Order, Initiate and Track) framework. This approach enables the practitioner to dig deep into each client’s unique health ‘story’, map their symptoms and uncover the root cause(s) of their underlying dysfunctions/disease.
What does the Functional Nutritional Therapy Process involve?Complimentary discovery call (15 minutes) Agreement to enter into therapeutic partnership Terms and conditions of engagement Completion of pre-consultation Medical Symptoms Questionnaire, including 3-day diet diary (to be returned at least 48 hours before consultation appointment) Client to include any relevant additional information such as recent blood tests or hospital correspondence Prior to initial consultation, practitioner carries out detailed research, review of test results/blood work and preparation of ‘FM Timeline’, ‘FM Matrix’ and ‘Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Prescription (FxNLP)’
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