My Training

  • BSc (Hons) Health Sciences, Nutritional Therapy, based on the Functional Medicine model.
  • NTEC certification for the application of Nutrition Science during and after cancer treatment.
  • NLP accredited Practitioner & Life Coach.
  • Year 1 Psychoneuroimmunology.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: gut-brain link & genetics of AD.
  • Nutrigenomics: bridging the gap, Part 1 & 2.
  • Nutrigenomics: A new approach to Health & Performance, Nutritional genomic, detoxification.
  • Treatment and Management of Autoimmune Conditions: genetics and epigenetics of autoimmunity.
  • Inflammation: the role of epigenetics and gene expression.
  • Sport Nutrition Live: Nutritional physiology & the gut; nucleotides & performance; Nutritional strategies for the Tour de France riders; metabolic & nutritional requirements of elite rugby; strategies to recover from exercise.
  • Nutrigenomics Influences on the Liver Detoxification.
  • Nutrigenomics for Sugar.
  • Gut Microbiome and Obesity / Endotoximia / Metabolic Profiles of Genes and Gut Mucosal Function.
  • Nutrigenomics and Fat Sensitivity.
  • Gut Permeability & Autoimmune mechanisms / Mitochondrial Detox with Cell Symbiosis Therapy / Gluten Sensitivity / Microbiome and Immune Function.
  • Advanced Nutrition Management of Chronic Immune Conditions.
  • Sport Nutrition Live: ergogenic aids & vitamin D in Sport / Bio-individuality / Functional Medicine assessment.
  • Genetic Testing.
  • Cooking For Health.
  • Advanced Nutrition Management of Chronic Immune Conditions.
  • Assessment and Treatment of Mento-Emotional, Hormonal and Neurotransmitters imbalances.
  • Children’s Health, the Power of Nutrition.
  • Motivating men and transforming their health.
  • Diplomas in Anatomy, Physiology, Body Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and Body Massage, REIKI 1-2, The Horstmann Technique.

These different disciplines facilitate the understanding of possible biochemical imbalances in my clients’ physical or mental conditions, and guide me to create individualized nutrition and lifestyle solutions for every case.

What is Functional Medicine

  1. Functional Medicine is science-based health care that demands a dynamic and systematic, patient-centred approach that aims to understand the physiological factors implicated in the causation of disease.
  2. Functional Medicine acknowledges that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a lengthy period of declining function in one or more body’s systems.
  3. Functional Medicine incorporates the functional principles that exist in many conventional and alternative practices but focuses as a special core competence, on the principles of molecular medicine and modern nutritional biochemistry with an emphasis on clinical application.

Functional Medicine is Based on the Following Principles

  1. Biochemical individuality, determined by your genes rather than data compiled from a bell-shaped curve that determines "normals" in medicine.
  2. The definition of health is positive vitality. Health is not the absence of disease. It is bliss and well being in mind and body and it extends to every aspect of life.
  3. Functional Health is complex. It is determined by a balance within a system of emotional, cognitive and physical processes rather than in one organ system.
  4. A dynamic interaction between genes and environment establish a balanced body system.

Differences between conventional and functional medicine

  1. Conventional acts when a diagnosis can be made and when signs and symptoms are severe enough to demand a clinical intervention.
  2. Functional medicine practitioners do not intervene only when a diagnosis is made but they also evaluate functionality at a much earlier stage to re-establish balance in dysfunctional systems by strengthening physiological processes that are vital to those systems, also evaluating the environmental inputs that may impair them.

Homeostasis – a dynamic balance and harmonious flow through life

  1. Human life is dependent upon an intricate balance of micro and macronutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, essential and non-essential fats, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, water, organic molecules, high energy bonds and much more.
  2. Cells have their own unique intracellular environment bathed in a unique extracellular fluid

Functional Medicine is Based on the Following Principles

  1. Biochemical individuality, determined by your genes rather than data compiled from a bell-shaped curve that determines "normals" in medicine.
  2. The definition of health is positive vitality. Health is not the absence of disease. It is bliss and well being in mind and body and it extends to every aspect of life.
  3. Functional Health is complex. It is determined by a balance within a system of emotional, cognitive and physical processes rather than in one organ system.
  4. A dynamic interaction between genes and environment establish a balanced body system.

Differences between conventional and functional medicine

  1. Conventional acts when a diagnosis can be made and when signs and symptoms are severe enough to demand a clinical intervention.
  2. Functional medicine practitioners do not intervene only when a diagnosis is made but they also evaluate functionality at a much earlier stage to re-establish balance in dysfunctional systems by strengthening physiological processes that are vital to those systems, also evaluating the environmental inputs that may impair them.

Homeostasis – a dynamic balance and harmonious flow through life

  1. Human life is dependent upon an intricate balance of micro and macronutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, essential and non-essential fats, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, water, organic molecules, high energy bonds and much more.
  2. Cells have their own unique intracellular environment bathed in a unique extracellular fluid

Factors affecting homeostasis

  • Xenobiotics ( detoxification)
  • Oxidative stress and energy production
  • Biochemical mediators (hormones and neurotransmitters)
  • Cognitive and emotional mediators (mind, spirit)
  • Social/cultural (community, beliefs)
  • Environmental inputs (diet, nutrition, exercise, trauma)
  • Weight, under and over
  • Immune and inflammatory balance
  • Gastrointestinal status
  • Structural

A supreme state of equilibrium/flow/rhythm in the body, with respect to various functions, is needed for your body/mind/spirit to live in a blissful state of health. Illness results from failures in these regulatory processes.