Functional Medicine at London Wellness Centres

Functional Medicine embodies everything we believe about treating people as individuals and we are delighted to be able to offer this service to our clients.

At London Wellness Centres, we pride ourselves on taking a highly individualised approach to patient care. Our mantra is Move Well, Eat Well, Think Well, Feel Well and our services are designed not just to treat our clients but to educate, support and encourage them to improve their overall health and wellness but adopting a happier, healthier lifestyle.

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What is Functional Medicine?

According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, “Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

But what does that really mean and what is different about conventional medicine vs functional medicine?

There could be many different underlying imbalances which can manifest themselves as a particular illness in a certain person. Conventional medicine treats symptoms rather than necessarily investigating why someone is ill.

Functional Medicine targets these specific root causes, therefore considering why you, as an individual, have become ill.

A Functional Medicine doctor will then prescribe natural therapies, rather than drugs or surgery, to restore health. These therapies could include nutritional changes, supplements or lifestyle interventions.

Does Functional Medicine work?

The way your body works is as individual as your fingerprints. Each person will have nuances to the way their system digests food, absorbs vitamins and minerals as well as being genetically predisposed to certain conditions. For this reason, a Functional Medicine practitioner will consider your whole body when investigating your health and how to restore it.

We know that the common underlying causes of illness in the body include:

  • Inflammation
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Digestive and absorptive dysfunction
  • Detoxification dysfunction
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Blood sugar imbalances

All of the above conditions can be treated by changes and supplements to lifestyle and diet. Drugs don’t remove toxins, for example, they add additional ones and often come with nasty side effects. Functional Medicine is a natural, holistic way of treating an individual, not just to restore health but to prevent the onset of some diseases or chronic conditions.

Why is Functional Medicine needed?

If you go to see a conventional doctor, their focus is on treating conditions with drugs or surgery. However, the world is experiencing a rapid increase in people suffering from chronic, complex diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia and autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s Disease (autoimmune thyroiditis), Coeliac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis.

Often, these types of disease can be attributable to, or exacerbated by, lifestyle choices, diet, or exposure to toxins.

However, some of the most compelling results have been in the use of Functional Medicine to fight Type 2 Diabetes. The reason Type 2 Diabetes is on the increase in industrialised countries is primarily due to a lack of lifestyle education and physical activity, coupled with increased consumption of high-calorie, low-nutrient, processed foods.

Functional Medicine methods have been shown to benefit a wide range of diseases.

Functional Medicine addresses each of these areas and combines the recommended lifestyle and diet changes to produce a highly individualised treatment plan.

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Anemias
  • Coeliac disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Eczema
  • Reproductive issues
  • Obesity
  • Dementia
  • Hashimoto’s
  • Migraines
  • Thyroid issues
  • Psoriasis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Leaky gut
  • Mental illnesses
  • Irritable bowel (IBS)

What happens when I visit a Functional Medicine Clinic?

Functional Medicine uses advanced diagnostic testing to create a personalised care plan which does not involve drugs or surgery.

If you choose Functional Medicine you will experience:

 

  • A focus on the root cause of your illness
  • An individualised approach
  • Your health restored by addressing genetic, biochemical and lifestyle factors
  • A personalised treatment plan
  • A science-based approach

What is a certified Functional Medicine practitioner?

A Functional Medicine Practitioner can be a doctor of any discipline. You will find medical, naturopathic, osteopathic and chiropractic doctors who have become a certified Functional Medicine doctor.

To become certified, a Functional Medicine doctor must complete 200 hours of advanced Functional Medicine training and pass 11 exams on the training material. Importantly, a certified Functional Medicine practitioner is guaranteed to be up to date on the latest, most advanced testing and treatments.

Who are our Functional Medicine practitioners?

At London Wellness Centres, we are proud to offer Functional Medicine through Dr. Amy Putrus-Schnell.

Dr. Amy is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner through the established Functional Medicine University. Prior to her certification, she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and graduated at the top of her class from Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay Area.

During her professional education in chiropractic college, Dr. Amy took advantage of additional learning opportunities by attending numerous functional medicine seminars.

Studying the works of functional medicine pioneers such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Amy Meyers, and Dr. Datis Kharrazian led Dr. Amy to pursue her own certification. Her skill set has allowed her to help people from all over the world.

As science is ever-advancing, Dr. Amy continues to develop her skills in state-of-the-art laboratory testing and the creation of highly personalised health plans. She is devoted to offering her clients the most effective and up-to-date information so that they may be able to experience true healing.

Meet Our Practitioners

Dr Amy Putrus-Schnell

Chiropractic/ Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

A few facts about Functional Medicine

preventative approach to medicine

Functional medicine uses a preventative approach

addiction to pills

NHS data suggest one in every 11 patients in England is being prescribed medication that could be addictive, or difficult to come off.

39% on prescriptions

Between 1988 and 2010, the number of older adults taking more than five prescription medications tripled, from 12.8 percent to 39 percent.

18+on medication

More than 20 percent of children under the age of 18 take at least one prescription drug every month, including antidepressants and even opioids.

chronic disease

Six in 10 U.S. adults have a chronic disease, while four in 10 suffer with two or more chronic conditions.

alzheimer's diesease

Seven of the current top 10 causes of death are chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and chronic disease is responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths each year.

type 2 diabetes

More than 100 million Americans—nearly one in three—have either prediabetes or diabetes, the seventh-leading cause of death, while some 50 million citizens have an autoimmune disease.

holistic medicine helps

The World Health Organisation estimates that between 65 to 80 percent of the world’s population (about 3 billion people) rely on holistic medicine as their primary form of health care.

If you would like more information about our treatments or want to find out how we may be able to help you with a specific problem please call us on 020 7531 4444