A Functional Medicine Approach To Health – Why?
Conventional medicine although very useful for acute infections, accidents and emergencies has a few limitations in addressing the many issues people face today. Chronic diseases like Cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, Cancer, auto-immune diseases, mental disorders are rarely cured by the conventional approaches. With Healthcare costs spiralling out of control and poor patient outcomes using conventional medicine another approach is needed. Enter Functional Medicine.
Functional medicine determines how and why an illness occurs and restores health by addresses the root causes of disease for each person. www.ifm.org Institute of Functional Medicine.
One condition may have many causes, likewise one cause may influence many conditions, but for each and every patient – it’s the tailored customised approach which fixes the problem and helps the patient feel better.
Functional medicine addresses the body as a whole, as an integrated network of various systems, eg. Nervous, cardiovascular, gastro-intestinal, hormonal, which are all connected and influenced by each other. Functional medicine also addresses and understands the influence of lifestyle, environmental and psychological influences on health.
How Can Functional Medicine Help Me?
We investigate thoroughly with an in-depth health evaluation all the factors from family history to past traumas, lingering infections, poor lifestyle habits, environmental exposures, nutritional deficiencies and imbalances to determining the overall picture of ones health. Then we determine the lifestyle changes one needs to undertake, the changes to diet, supplementation, detoxification needed. Sometimes additional organ support, psychological intervention, neurological and cellular optimisation is needed but on a case-by-case basis.
We apply functional and conventional medical testing to support our diagnosis and customise the interventions where needed. We review and follow-up each case with health coaching and more intensive support where necessary. We re-test and evaluate progress and ensure the patient has a positive outcome from improvements to their health.
Conditions Where Functional Medicine Can Help?
SKIN – Eczema; psoriasis; acne; pimples;
- HAIR LOSS: Alopecia – auto-immune, hormonal, structural(lifestyle)
- GUT – bloating, gas, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, IBD, distention.
- HORMONAL: PMS, libido issues, Erectile dysfunction, perimenopausal. Sex organ disorders – fibroids, PCOS, endometriosis.
- BODY COMPOSITION: weight gain, weight loss (low muscle mass)
- CHRONIC DISEASE: Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Cancer, auto-immune diseases – hashimotos. (thyroid).
- ENERGY / METABOLIC : low energy, hypothyroid, insulin resistance, low iron, metabolic syndrome.
Conditions That Require A Medical Referral:
- Mole Removal Evaluation
- Devere Pain Intervention
- Infections – Colds, Flu & Respiratory
Functional Medicine Practitioner & Clinical Nutritionist
Miles spent the first few years of his career developing plant extracts for UK pharmacy giant Boots. He moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to focus on a more clinical and holistic approach to health, dispensing dietary and exercise advice to members of a Hong Kong prestigious health club chain. In 2009 he set up on his own to focus on his area of primary interest, the real benefits of customizing nutrition, according to one’s metabolism. Miles did his initial training at Hawthorn University with an M.Sc. Holistic Nutrition
He followed this up with a professional accreditation to practice with BANT (UK) the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine in 2017 and subsequently obtained a Functional Medicine Diploma with Functional Medicine University in 2017. This was shortly followed by enrolling with the Institute of Functional Medicine on their practitioner program. Previous qualifications in spa management were obtained from Derby University in 2006. In 2018 He was a Four Seasons Advisor on their menu design, ‘Well-feeling’ menu creation for Four Seasons Hong Kong.