Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy with Positive Health

"The Doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease"   

Thomas A Edison

Nutritional Medicine is a key cornerstone in the evolution of the practice of medicine that better addresses the health care needs of the 21st Century.  This evolutionary approach known as ‘Functional Medicine’ shifts the traditional emphasis of a treating a disease to focussing more on the patient.   It addresses the whole person not just an isolated set of symptoms, and practitioners spend time with their patients listening to their histories and looking at 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 person.

 
 
Why Do We Need A New Approach to Health?
 
  • Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, poor mental health and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, and these are appearing in younger people than in previous generations.
 
  • The current system of medicine is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care such as appendicitis or a broken leg.   Whilst medical advances in this area have been extensive saving many lives, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery seek to treat the immediate symptom or problem, often with side effects leading to other issues.
 
  • In many cases this approach does not take into account the unique genetic make-up of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins, nutrient deficiencies and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
 
  • Many people are becoming increasingly wary of the extent to which pharmaceutical drugs are prescribed for every condition, and are seeking simpler and less invasive options.
 
The Functional Medicine Approach to Assessment
 
By taking a detailed note of the patient’s current condition, medical history, family history, diet and lifestyle, the practitioner can build a picture of the progression and underlying causes of the current dysfunction.    At Positive Health we also use a sophisticated Bio Electrical Impedance Measurement system which analyses energy at meridian points indicating probable areas of imbalance.   This gives a valuable insight into how effectively different bodily systems are functioning, and saves the cost of laboratory testing at the initial stage.
 
Through assessment of underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction, the practitioner is able to understand how key processes in the body are affected.   These may include;
 
  • Immune system function
  • Inflammatory response
  • Digestion and absorption of nutrients and the health of the digestive tract
  • How your body rids itself of toxins
  • Regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters
  • Structural integrity
  • Psychological and spiritual equilibrium
  • How you produce energy
 
These processes are influenced by both environmental factors and your genetic make-up and when they are disturbed or imbalanced they lead to symptoms which in turn lead to disease if effective interventions are not applied.
 
A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment
 
Most imbalances in functionality can be addressed; some can be completely restored to optimum function, and others can be substantially improved.
 
  • Prevention is paramount. Virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in one or more processes
 
  • Changing how the systems function can have a major impact on the patient’s health. A wide array of interventions can be examined and a treatment plan customised to deal with the areas likely to have most impact.
 
  • Treatments may include combinations of therapeutic diets, nutritional supplements, botanical medicines or detoxification programmes.   They may also include counselling on lifestyle, exercise or stress-management techniques.
 
  • The patient becomes an active partner with the practitioner.   This allows you to be really in charge of improving your own health, which in itself aids a more positive outcome.

Helping You Help Yourself