Our Functional Medicine Clinics provide one to one personalised nutrition and lifestyle advice, detailed guidance and support for children, men and women at all stages of life. Working alongside Functional Medicine Doctors Christine provides comprehensive nutrition support tailored to the Individual.
We would be thrilled to partner with you on your journey to wellness.
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 we 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.
Making An Appointment
If you are interested in making an appointment please contact the clinic and we can send you the health questionnaire forms to complete prior to a consultation.
We provide online (zoom / skype) consultations at present.
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.
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.
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.
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
What is Functional Medicine?
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 evaluating 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.
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 (IFM) 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 advanced module training and is a registered member of the IFM.
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).
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, 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
Functional Nutrition Blood Panels
Nutrition Status Assessments
Adrenal Stress Profile
Neurotransmitter functional assessments
Allergy Testing IgE / IgG
Coeliac screening including HLA gene screen
Digestive and Gut Function Assessments
Microbial infections, Lyme’s disease
Health Risk Profiles
Liver Function and Detoxification panels