Christine’s Nutritional Clinics provide one to one personalised nutrition and lifestyle advice, detailed guidance and support for children, men and women at all stages of life. A personal consultation can be booked to identify your potential nutritional imbalances and how these may be contributing to your particular signs and symptoms of ill-health. A consultation is also a popular choice for those wishing to optimise their health and longevity.
Your initial consultation lasts 1 hour. Time will be taken to understand your case fully. Prior to the first consultation you will be sent and asked to fill in and return a detailed health questionnaire and diet diary so that Christine Bailey can study your case before meeting with you.
During the consultation a detailed case history will be taken and functional laboratory tests will be recommended, where appropriate (there is no obligation to undertake tests). Costs for Laboratory tests are additional and can be discussed during the consultation. Many lab tests can be undertaken in your own home. You will receive a personalised programme over email that is easy to download which is monitored and adjusted as you progress. This will include dietary changes if needed, recipes and supplements as appropriate. This will be monitored and reviewed every 4-6 weeks as appropriate.
Comments from Clients…
One of the most difficult features of suffering from gluten sensitivity is being believed that this is your actual problem. In fact, this goes so far as to say that so many people have such little understanding of the condition and the results and you are so regularly told it could not be the reason behind illness, that you end up doubting it yourself and giving up!
That is where Christine was so important to me. Her knowledge coupled with her deep understanding made me realise I was correct and that I could heal this way. She was my first real ‘doctor’ in 44 years as she gave credence enough to what was happening that it renewed my own faith and belief in this path.
This is something I will never forget and which no money can buy. Priscilla Daniels
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is a science-based, individual-centred approach to healthcare that employs assessment and intervention using nutritional, lifestyle-based and related health sciences in order to assist the individual to optimise his or her physiological, emotive, cognitive and physical function.
Nutritional Therapy is a recognised complementary therapy which can be used on its own, or alongside any other therapies. That is why Christine works with your GP or specialist consultant in the ongoing management of your condition as well as working with or referring you to any other qualified complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioner.
It is important that your health and nutrition programme is participative and informed by evidence obtained from only the most current research on therapeutics and diagnostic methods. This enables optimal results to be experienced long term and ensures minimal – if any – adverse drug effects and interactions with any existing medication you may be taking.
Wellbeing and good health are a consequence of achieving balance and homeostasis in the body. Addressing any underlying imbalances is the key focus of nutritional therapy, which in turn recognises that diet and lifestyle are among the factors that most profoundly influence it.
For optimal results it is important that all of those involved in your healthcare know of your choices, so they can see the bigger picture. If you have a diagnosed medical condition but would like to optimise your overall health by introducing nutrition and dietary changes into your daily life, we recommend you inform your GP or/and Consultant that you are planning to work with a Nutritional Therapist.
Is Nutritional Therapy Right For Me?
- Are you looking to incorporate nutrition and dietary changes to address a health concern?
- Do you want to find out if you are getting all the nutrients you need?
- Are you looking to optimize vitality and energy levels?
- Do you suffer from symptoms of ill-health?
- Are you looking to maximise your health as you age?
- Are you keen to see how your diet can be improved to achieve your health goals?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then nutritional therapy may be for you
Functional Nutrition uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function. It is an individual-centred approach to healthcare that employs assessment and intervention using nutritional, lifestyle-based and related health sciences. This enables you to optimise physiological, emotional, cognitive and physical function in the body
Functional Nutrition recognises there are a range of external factors such as diet, medications, stress and toxins that affect each of us differently depending on the genetic predisposition to health and disease of each of our body systems. Other internal factors such as our experiences, attitude to life, our beliefs, and how we respond to stress can also have a profound effect on our health.
Nutritional therapy recognises that we are all unique and no one diet or health treatment programme will be suitable for everyone. That is why Christine will develop a personalised programme that targets your individual needs as opposed to a “one size fits all” type of programme merely based on your symptoms.
When developing a wellness programme for you Christine will consider your health history, genetic predispositions, environmental inputs and physiological processes. Assessment includes the use of appropriate tests and observations, such as case history, anthropomorphic measurements, physical signs, laboratory tests, and nutrition/lifestyle analysis to determine an educational nutrition programme. Assessment also provides the basis for referral to a licensed physician, or other healthcare professional if necessary.
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professional’s how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5 day training course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™.
Christine Bailey attended and completed the inaugural AFMCP™-UK training in London in 2011. She has also attended additional IFM training in 2013 and 2014.
Christine is also a member of BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy), CNHC (Complementary & Natural Health Care Council). The CNHC has status as an AVR (Accredited Voluntary Register), which is overseen by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). The PSA is the government body which oversees statutory regulators including the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The NHS advises patients when looking for CAM practitioners:
“Under the Accredited Voluntary Registers scheme, practitioners are able to demonstrate their personal commitment to quality by joining a register that meets high standards set by the Professional Standards Authority.”
The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care is responsible for overseeing the nine health and care professional regulatory bodies, including the GMC and HCPC. The Authority assesses their performance, conducts audits, scrutinises their decisions and reports to Parliament. It also sets standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredits those that meet them.
Christine offers an array of functional laboratory tests. Many clients opt to have screening tests which can provide further insight into nutritional status and/or biochemical imbalances. In addition many clients are seeking to optimise health and longevity through genetic and nutritional testing.
Different laboratories are used for the different cellular biochemistry analyses, which may involve blood, saliva, urine and stool sample testing. Laboratory investigations are done through recognised UK medical laboratories, including Biolab Medical Unit, Genova Diagnostics , Invivo, BTS (Biological Testing Services), Red Apple Clinic, Regenerus Laboratories and The Doctor’s Laboratory (TDL).
Cellular biochemistry investigations and functional analysis helps to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how your body functions, enabling a more targeted and individualised therapeutic protocol. Re-testing after your course of therapy is recommended to ensure the effectiveness of your protocol and to allow for continued adjustment of your maintenance protocol following your programme.
Some functional tests to support your individual programme may include:
Cyrex Immunological testing
Health Ageing Screening
Nutrition Status Assessments
Adrenal Stress Profile
Neurotransmitter functional assessments
Allergy Testing IgE
Coeliac screening including HLA gene screen
Food Intolerance Testing IgG
Digestive and Gut Function Assessments
Microbial infections, Lyme’s disease
Health Risk Profiles
Liver Function and Detoxification panels
Skin aging profiles
Christine has access to the most up to date tests including Spectracell micronutrient testing, Cyrex gluten sensitivity and autoimmune panels, Labrix salivary hormone and neurotransmitter profiles, Doctor’s Data lab tests and Infectolabs for microbial infections including Lyme’s disease.