Before your consultation you will need to complete and return the Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire. This should be returned in plenty of time and at least 48 hours prior to your consultation to ensure the best possible outcome. This information allows your case to be prepared, medication side-effects and drug-nutrient interactions assessed, latest research and clinical trials on your specific conditions to be checked and a great deal of the ground work to be done in advance.
It also helps to provide a health timeline of the events in your life. Using a Functional Medicine approach involves a very detailed case history and a timeline helps establish root causes that underly illness. Please give as much detail as you can on life events, particularly stressful ones, such as traumatic birth, being separated from parents, significant childhood illnesses, medical interventions, moving home, when various symptoms began, marriage, pregnancies, births, divorce, bereavement. The more detail provided the more beneficial the process will be. Put down anything you feel may be relevant.
Finally, complete the diet and lifestyle diary. This helps plan a personalised protocol that will fit with where you are at right now and the specific challenges you currently face in your daily life.
These forms can be downloaded by clicking the links below:
Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire
Diet and Lifestyle Diary
To book your consultation, email email@example.com or call/text 07412 708428
The initial consultation will last 90 minutes. In this time you will get a good understanding of how your health story fits together and the root causes and imbalances that are causing your current health concerns. You will be asked of your goals so that your protocol can be designed to address the things that concern you most.
Based on the information on your questionnaire, I will work with you to build a full case history. This covers your genetic predispositions, events in your life, and health challenges you have faced from birth onwards. All these factors help put the pieces of your puzzle together to identify any biochemical imbalances that are driving your symptoms.
Once your imbalances have been identified and goals established, we will work together to create a personalised plan that is unique to you and your needs that will address the imbalances in line with your goals and be manageable for where you are at with work-life commitments.
If you have wanted to carry out any lab tests, these can take a few weeks to come back. The information in the reports can be can complicated and needs to be interpreted within the context of everything else going on such as symptoms, genetics, any medications or supplements you are or have been taking, etc. Lab tests can be of great benefit to confirm or rule out possible root causes of your symptoms and can save a lot of time trying out different dietary interventions. Once you have solid data on what you are dealing with, a much more effective therapeutic programme can be put in place.
The consultation fee includes email support for 4 weeks following your consultation to ensure you are happy with any changes you are making and anything that may come up as a result.
If you are dealing with complex health issues and need follow up consultations, these are usually after 4 weeks, although if you are waiting for lab results, it is best to wait until the results are back.
If you have been given a supplement programme, it is recommended that you have this reassessed at least every 3 months. This is because supplements are recommended as a therapeutic intervention to address imbalances, rather than as ongoing substitution for a healthy diet. Once balance has been restored it is expected that those supplements will no longer be necessary. This is particularly the case when supplementing nutrients in isolation to address deficiencies, as nutrients need to be balanced and once a deficiency is corrected, excess of that nutrient can lead to deficiencies in others.