FAQs


Find answers to some of the most common questions we get from our clients. Please also get in touch if you’d like to ask us something specific to you.

The Consultation Process

  • How long is a consultation?

    The initial consultation lasts 1h40mins. Follow-up consultations last typically 45-60mins.

  • What will be covered in a consultation?

    Every consultation and the programme that you and your practitioner agree upon are always driven by your personal goals. Typically, we start by understanding what you'd like to achieve in the consultation, as well as your short and long-term goals. We will spend time with you to listen to your history and carefully consider the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that may have influenced your health.

    Specifically, at each consultation, we aim to clarify points in your health history, cover evidence-based explanations for what may have contributed to your current state of health, to explain the utility of any relevant lab testing, and to discuss and agree a programme in detail that you are confident in implementing. We also aim to review the ‘big-picture’ plan, so that you have control and visibility on what may follow next and an understanding of how much time you may need to commit to the process.

  • How can I prepare for my consultation?

    Please plan to complete your online intake questionnaire as fully and accurately as possible. If you have any recent test results you feel may be useful and relevant, please ensure you upload these as part of the intake questionnaire. You may also send this to us by email . The more information you are able to include in this questionnaire, the more time we can spend discussing your case, answering questions and coming up with a strategy that works for you.

  • Why is the intake questionnaire long?

    Functional Medicine is like detective work. The intake questionnaire is lengthy because it provides very valuable, detailed information that enables us to use the consultation time more efficiently and effectively – to get the root cause of your health concerns and come up with a plan of action. Without an extended questionnaire, the other option would be to use consultation time to ask all of these questions, which is possible but perhaps not the most cost effective for our clients. If you would prefer to run through the intake questions as part of a consultation, please just let us know

  • When should I return for a follow-up?

    We typically recommend scheduling a follow-up every 4-6 weeks as it allows adequate time for you to get accustomed to your programme and for any test results to come back from the lab. As this can vary depending on your needs and circumstances, we always discuss this at the end of each consultation.

Functional Medicine & Personalised Functional Nutrition

  • How does Functional Medicine differ from the conventional medical model?

    Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of health and disease. It creates a framework within which practitioners and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive and personalised medicine that empowers patients to take an active role in their own health. 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.

Nutrition & Lifestyle Programmes

  • Will I be given a prescribed diet to follow?

    We rarely use the word diet, which frequently implies imposed dietary changes. Instead, we strive to make suggestions for both dietary and lifestyle modifications that are designed to help support you address your personal goals that you set out at the beginning of the consultation. They seek to restore optimal nutritional status and functional balance and are also guided by your health history and any relevant lab results.

  • What if there is something that I cannot follow in the programme?

    We encourage our clients to feedback on aspects of the programme that worked well and areas that were difficult to implement so that with each iteration we are able to keep tailoring your bespoke nutrition and lifestyle so that it is effective and also sustainable for the long-term.

  • Will I have to give up certain foods?

    You must be prepared to invest the energy and time to plan and prepare meals – often this may involve changing dietary habits, as quickly or slowly as necessary to experience the benefits of nutritional medicine.

Nutrigenetics & Environment

  • Why is considering my environment important to my health?

    The point of these changes is that your genetic makeup, the genes that you inherited from your parents, are designed to work well in a specific environment. Sometimes, when genes are exposed to the wrong environment, they don't work as they should, and this can lead to health problems. The good news is that, although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes work in your body. So, changing your environment can make the genes work the way they were designed to, returning you to health.

    In addition to lifestyle changes, your programme may include combinations of nutritional and/or herbal supplements, therapeutic dietary or detoxificaiton guidelines. But you will always have a big role in choosing those treatments, because as a client of a Functional Medicine practitioner, you are an active partner with us in the design of your own programme. This allows you to really be in charge of improving your own health and changing the outcome of disease.

    Most health issues can be successfully addressed as long as the right causes are identified. Some people can be completely restored to optimum function, while others can see substantial improvement in their condition. You can also take steps to help prevent your disease from worsening.

Consultation Fees, Packages & Costs

  • What are your consultation fees?

    Please enquire with us – .

  • Can I purchase a package of consultations?

    Yes. Please enquire with us – . We offer standard and bespoke consultation packages to suit each client's needs.

  • How much does functional testing cost?

    Costs for functional tests varies greatly, typically from £30 to £350. A comprehensive nutritional profile which assesses multiple functional systems (e.g. digestion & absorption, detoxification, energy etc), individual nutritional status, neurotransmitter balance, oxidative stress, and toxic elements can cost around £600. Financial balancing is always carefully considered with each client.

  • Can I get my insurance to cover costs?

    Currently, there are very few private insurance companies in the UK that recognise Nutrition in their plans. To our knowledge, Cigna recognise Medical Nutritional Therapy and may cover costs of consultations fees and some lab testing. Please contact your insurance company to confirm your coverage. We hope that in the very near future, insurance companies will increasingly recognise the importance of Nutritional Medicine where the conventional disease-centred medical model becomes superceded by a preventative healthcare model.

Advanced Functional and Genetic Testing

  • Which labs do you use for functional tests?

    We only use the most reputable specialist labs including Genova Diagnostics, Cyrex, Precision Analytical, Doctor's Data, Aero Diagnostics, PCI Europe, Dunwoody Labs, Great Plains, Diagnostic Solutions, ZRT Laboratory, Cleveland HeartLab, Spectracell, Meridian Valley Labs, and London-based BioLab. We aim ensure that we are constantly updating our knowledge with the latest and most relevant testing methodologies.

  • Which labs do you use for nutrigenetic testing?

    We work with professional genotyping labs that not only observe a strict ethical code of conduct, but also aim to provide relevant, actionable information such as Genova Diagnostics, DNALife and LifecodeGx.

  • If I have my 23andme data, can we use this?

    In theory, yes. However we will usually recommend running this data through professional genotyping analysis.

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