Functional Medicine treats the body as a whole rather than a collection of unrelated parts, encompassing the following modalities
Bio-chemical: Addressing nutrient imbalances & deficiencies
Bio-mechanical: From physical imbalances through to surgical options
Neuro-emotional: From unconscious programming through to electron/ion communication of neurons
Example of how it works
A client presents with sleep/energy issues & wanting more capacity:
Investigation and lab testing might throw up thyroid problems
The thyroid issues might relate to an iodine deficiency
The iodine deficiency might relate to lifestyle and nutritional imbalances
Challenges to getting well might relate to unconscious programming or emotional imbalances
Presentation may include questions around dietary and lifestyle choices
Treatment options may include:
Lifestyle/nutrition changes e.g. Intermittent Fasting and a LCHF diet
Being aware of how nutrition interacts with genetic variation
Supplements and/or prescriptions
Referral for neuro-emotional or energetic work
Bio-mechanical referrals including bodywork or surgery
Cindy’s Points of Difference
Widely experienced across all conventional and complementary modalities
Independent and without a reductionist agenda
Extensive understanding and use of advanced lab testing
The ability to connect the dots and recognize patterns arising from 29 years of medical diagnostic experience
Working with genetic pre-disposition
Individually applying the latest medical research and capabilities, from nutrition, to surgery, to exploring bio-hacking
Realistic time and resource allocation to safely collaborate around which combinations of treatment modalities to pursue
Will the clinic be a good fit for me?
The clinic is likely a good fit for non-pregnant adults aged 16+ looking to live longer, be healthier and optimize performance - particularly those wanting to take investigation and intervention to another level.
Clients will be:
wanting to address imbalances or diagnosed conditions undermining optimal cognitive, physical and emotional health
wanting to explore increasing performance (ethically and without impairing health)
wanting to work collaboratively with independent medical advice
self-motivated to make agreed changes to lifestyle & nutrition
enthusiastic and purposeful about the desired outcomes
familiar with using an online Patient Portal for routine interactions including payment by credit card (or able to get family support to assist)
wanting the practitioner’s doctor i.e. services are more appropriate for those metaphorically going from a jog to a sprint than those starting at a walk
wanting a long term relationship to monitor health changes and take advantage of the latest medical research
Registering as a new client begins with a NZ$1,272.50 pre-payment (incorporating 3.5 hours clinical contact and associated materials, noting 2-10 hours of followup/admin for every clinical hour).
The General Fee Schedule then applies as a currently registered client i.e. when a client has been seen by Cindy at consult in the last 2 years:
Nelson Clinic Consultation 60 minutes: $250.00 (give yourself an hour unless for a routine matter; you’ll only pay for what you use and “less rush less hassle”)
Nelson Clinic Consultation 30 minutes: $125.00
www.zoom.us/Phone Consultation 60 minutes: $300.00
www.zoom.us/Phone Consultation 30 minutes: $150.00
Online Medical Inquiry through Online Portal Secure Message: $30.00 / message or per 10 minutes
Repeat Prescriptions: $15.00
Nurse Consult/Injection: $15.00 per 15 minutes
What is the cost of prescriptions from Cindy?
Subsidized medications will cost a maximum of $15 per item from a pharmacy, rather than a maximum of $5 per item through funded GP services.
What Cindy prescribes would generally not be prescribed by a funded service e.g.
Medication prescribed for non-endorsed conditions
Chronic conditions respond well to Functional Medicine
The reasoning is that what is experienced as chronic illness may have to do with the ecology of the cell and the cell's response to perceived danger, whether from infections, toxins or psychological distress.
This unified theory of chronic disease lends itself to the treatment of many chronic conditions by modifying the cell ecology, the potential dangers and the resultant mitochondrial dysfunction (e.g. excess or insufficient inflammation).
Chronic Conditions which can undermine performance:
Headache and Migraine
Fatigue – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Slow metabolism
Memory and Concentration loss
Obesity/Weight gain (more a symptom than a cause)
What do you get with seeing Cindy?
Health Function is a full-time specialized functional medical service with the experience, staff, platform and motivation to manage health complexity for optimal outcomes.
Functional Medicine Guidance for self-empowerment
Advanced use of Medication, Supplements, Testing & Specialists (local and international)
Specialized expertise treating chronic conditions
Expertise in enhancing brain function and physical capacity (responsible Biohacking)
Embraces both conventional & complementary therapies
Continuing investment in training in NZ and internationally for the latest medical research and techniques including and beyond CPD requirements
11 years of formal medical training and 29 years of registered medical practice in NZ, Australia & South Africa
To be registered, Cindy may not make false or misleading claims (as defined and governed by the respective Medical Councils)
The clinic meets privacy and quality commitments using professional medical systems