FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Functional Nutrition is the application of Nutrition Science to help with an individual’s health, performance and care, giving the body what it needs to obtain optimum levels of physical, mental and emotional health.

 

At the clinic, our functional medicine expert Dr. Shania Lee uses specialised functional testing to uncover the root cause of your issues. She uses Complementary Alternative Medicine, lifestyle modification and prescription diets and supplements to address your root cause of illness. Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease.  Dr. Lee’s work in an integrative medical practice that specialised in hormones and detoxification has geared her to specialise in hormonal imbalances and auto immune diseases.

Who can benefit from functional medicine?

Many people today have health problems that don’t fit into simple categories. Often people have complex health problems involving inflammatory responses, immune, nervous, digestive, energy, and/or cardiovascular systems. These people are best helped using a functional approach.

Typical patients include people with:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Auto-immune illness
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fatigue of unknown origin
  • Digestive complaints.

Often these people have been to see many physicians without results. Functional medicine is also for people who are interested in true preventive health care. They want to take an active role in their own well-being and that of their family. These people seek out functional medicine practitioners to act as guides for their continued good health.

 

 

Your functional medicine package at Cavendish Wellness

The initial consultation is offered as a standalone or more commonly the first step in commencement of an ongoing package. In this consultation the doctor will:

  • Go over your medical history, your goals, symptoms, prior lab testing if you have any and nutrition status.
  • Engage in a conversation to find out more about you, your health, and family history to build your in-depth health profile.
  • Prescribe and talk you through the most suitable Functional Food Plan for your case and possibly recommend a baseline Supplement Prescription.
  • By the close of your Initial Consultation, provide a written plan through Living Matrix, including the order in which issues are addressed, recommended lab tests and lifestyle changes covering nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, supplements, medications, additional recommendations and details about the follow up
  • Give specific advice on how to build up and support your basic 5 foundations, social support/love, exercise, nutrition, stress and sleep.
  • Identify which of the packages is most appropriate for you.

 

FAQS

Functional Nutrition FAQs

Functional medicine is a science-based health care approach to assess, prevent and treat complex chronic disease. It has evolved through the efforts of scientists and clinicians from the fields of clinical nutrition, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, conventional medicine, and a wide array of scientific disciplines. Functional medicine evaluates the body as a whole with special attention to the relationship of one body system to another and the nutrient imbalances and toxic overload that may adversely affect these relationships.

Some testing can be done through conventional laboratories, and others are only available through specialty laboratories. During your medical consultation, your provider will determine which tests are needed and costs.

Testing is frequently done to assess nutritional status, including amino acids, fatty acids, oxidative stress, vitamin levels, mitochondrial function, food sensitivities, and heavy metals. Many other tests are available including genetic testing for a variety of conditions, hormone evaluations, bone health, gastrointestinal health, adrenal function and many others.

After completing a thorough medical history, you will have an initial consultation with our Functional Medicine doctor, and a follow up appointment will be made to assess your progress and see if any tweaks are required to the plan.

Please bring a list of any medications, vitamins and supplements that you are taking (including the brand, dosage, or amount) and any medical records or recent test results that you may have.  You will be required to fill out a form prior to attending.

Reasons why you might choose Functional Medicine include:

  • You have symptoms and have seen your doctor but they still have no diagnosis or explanation
  • You are looking to prevent a certain disease based on family history and/or genetics
  • You want to get to the root cause of your disease or condition, instead of simply treating the symptoms

Unlike a visit to your GP surgery, due to the in-depth and thorough nature of functional medicine, your practitioner will spend around 1 hour with you during the initial consultation and between 30-45 minutes for your follow up appointments.  Follow-ups are scheduled to ensure that you are seeing positive changes in your health issues. Many practitioners also make themselves available via email to further address questions should they arise.

Hydrafacial is one of the best testaments out there in my opinion, and having used this clinic many times, I can only express my admiration in Cavendish Clinic. They are consummate professionals that provide a high level of patient care. Their therapists work hard to make you feel at ease, and are extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of beauty treatments. As a man, it can be a daunting feeling when walking into a beauty clinic, they have however made a loyal client in me! Never had so many people comment on how great my skin looks since I’ve been attending the Cavendish. 5 star service across the board. 🌟

Antony

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