“Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine.” – Hippocrates
Nutritional medicine is a personalised medicine that deals with primary prevention and addresses underlying causes instead of treating symptoms for serious chronic diseases. By shifting the traditional disease-centred focus of medical practice to a more patient-centred approach, nutritional medicine individualises the patients nutritional needs based on genetic, environmental and personal considerations.
Above all, nutritional medicine focuses on shifting dietary habits to optimise personal health stimulating the powerful inert healing mechanism within each person by providing nutrient protocols and specialised diets for each individual need.
Nutritional medicine protocols
Certainly, the Grove Health Practitioners are literate in a vast array of up to date advancements in nutritional protocols. For example:
- AIP Paleo
- Body Ecology
- Casein Free
- Elimination Diets
- Gluten Free
- Histamine Intolerance
- Real Food
- Specific Carbohydrate Diet
- Sulfur Sensitivities
- The Walhs Protocol
- Weston A Price
Moreover, many of the above diets have evidence to support managing nutritional sensitivities, allergies and leaky gut that can be implicated in health challenges. For example:
- Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Chronic Fatigue
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Thyroid Conditions
- Tick Borne Illness
- And many more
Above all, the nutritional medicine approach is an integrative, science-based health care approach, where practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in patient’s history, physiology and life style that lead to body dysfunction and illness. To be specific, diagnoses are measured by both conventional laboratory testing and testing that is specifically designed to evaluate organic and cellular functions. After that, investigations are offered to assess nutritional status and the digestive function including diet assessment, nutrient checks, biochemical testing for nutritional imbalances, comprehensive digestive stool analysis, intestinal permeability screens, parasite checks, physical assessment and food allergy panels.
The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. In particular, a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, exercise, botanical medicines, supplements, stress management strategies, combined with some conventional medical drugs where appropriate provide the best outcome for many patients. Working along with the body’s physiology and powerful healing ability instead of against them to restore organic and cellular function forms the basis of this unique approach.
In summary, we here at The Grove Health understand and appreciate the complexity of a myriad of conditions. Therefore, our approach is collaborative between all practitioners, welcoming a diversity of modalities and specialities. That is to say, with ground breaking protocols, shared care ideals and inter-clinical mentoring, The Grove Health is a cornerstone of integrative practitioner networks providing a safe and supportive environment for all.
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