Functional Medicine is a science-based and patient-centred approach to health care that seeks to discover how and why illness occurs. Complex, chronic health problems require a thorough investigation of body systems and a multi-layered approach to achieve better health. Instead of disease as the point of focus, Functional Medicine addresses the inter-connecting genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors that underlie disease and dysfunction in order to treat the cause, not just the symptoms. This approach delivers the ultimate in personalised health care with nutritional therapy and lifestyle modifications as core features.
New Genomics specialises in Functional Medicine and incorporates the unique and exciting field of Nutrigenomics. We can accommodate most complex, chronic conditions, and specialise in women, infant, and children’s health and wellbeing.
The Essentials Explained
Metabolism and Biochemistry
Metabolism refers to how our body converts food into energy, and Biochemistry refers to the chemical compounds and processes within the body. What we consume through food and drink has a profound influence on our Biochemistry and Metabolism, with nutrients playing a vital role in cell health and function. A personalised biochemical analysis can be gained by thorough history and examination, nutrition analysis, food and environmental allergy and sensitivity testing, stool analysis, immune and hormonal testing, and genetic testing.
Genes are the set of instructions that the body uses to make specific proteins to build, regulate, and maintain health. A variation to a gene, called a Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, or SNP (pronounced “snip”), can cause an alteration to the proteins that are made, which can then affect cell function. SNPs can affect nutrient absorption, metabolism, elimination, and biological effects. Genetic analysis allows assessment of many genes, so that SNPs in various biochemical pathways can be identified.
Nutrition and Lifestyle
A number of modifiable lifestyle factors impact our health and wellbeing. These factors include nutritional status, exercise or activity, sleep and relaxation, stress, and relationships. Individually designed dietary and lifestyle recommendations help to optimise health outcomes, and with added support from nutraceuticals when required, allow more efficient functioning. Combining Nutrigenomics with Functional Medicine enables an even more precise plan for individualised health care, enabling you to achieve your best possible health sooner.
"The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it"Hippocrates
At New Genomics we are specially trained to be able to treat a variety of chronic conditions, with a focus on children’s health and development, and women’s health and wellbeing.
Pregnancy wellbeing includes ensuring that the mother and her unborn baby are both well supported by required nutrients, and that the mother’s gut bacteria are in the best possible balance for the upcoming birth.
Nutrigenomics is a term that describes the interaction of genes and nutrients, and how each impacts the other. To consider how the body functions, it is useful to think of a single biochemical pathway like one cog of an extensive and intricate clock. Blocking or hindering one cog from turning will complicate the entire mechanism.
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Amanda DownsboroughMSc, PGDip, GradCert, BSc
Amanda is a Functional Medicine practitioner with experience in prenatal care, infant and children’s health and development, and adult complex chronic conditions. Having spent years working as a Midwife and Child Health Nurse, Amanda turned her focus to investigate biochemical imbalances and genetic variations, and methods to restore health. After thousands of hours of formal study, she completed a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine through University of Western States, USA, graduating with distinction. Amanda considers this innovative knowledge to be key to future health care, and will enable individuals to achieve optimal health in a less-than-healthy world. Amanda anticipates integration of Nutrigenomics into practice in early 2018.
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