With a range of Functional Medicine practitioners now available – from Functional Medicine Health Coaches to Functional Medicine GPs, and Functional Medicine Nutritional Therapists – it’s more important than ever to find the right solution for your health concern.
Each of these Functional Medicine approaches can help you with your health challenge, but with different skills and knowledge on offer, and prices varying considerably, it’s vital to know the difference and what the right option for you is.
With that in mind, let’s explore the differences between Optimised Functional Medicine Nutritional Therapists, and Functional Medicine Doctors:
|Comparison item||Optimised |
Functional Medicine Nutritional Therapist
|Functional Medicine GP|
|Initial consultation cost (1.5 hours)||£95 – £130||£400 – £550|
|Follow up appointment cost 30 mins / 1 hour||£55 – £70 / £70 – £95||£250 – £350|
|Full case review*|
|Signs / symptoms review|
|Medical history review|
|Arranging private functional testing|
|Design and implementation of personalised protocols to address health concerns; nutrition and lifestyle recommendations|
|Lab test results interpretation and individualised recommendations|
|Recommending individualised high-quality nutritional supplements to support health goals|
|Medication contraindications check|
|Correcting nutrient depletions caused by medications|
|Recommending nutrients to support medications|
|Diagnosis of new conditions|
|Prescribing and reviewing pharmaceutical medications|
|Referral to medical doctor for medication review, diagnosis, medication prescription requests, or further NHS testing where relevant|
|Liaising with NHS GP or consultants where relevant|
|Regular review of progress and updates to personalised protocol to help you reach your health and wellness goals|
*A full case review at the initial consultation may include the completion of the Functional Medicine Timeline, this is a simple yet key tool that helps our practitioners to understand your unique biochemistry, what factors may have influenced your current state of health and what areas require further investigation. For chronic conditions or complex cases, we ‘timeline’ your journey, from the start to the present, covering areas such as childhood vaccinations, recurrent conditions, onset of signs and symptoms, medications, key life events, travel history, changes in lifestyle habits or environmental exposures and family history.
So what’s the right solution for you?
Well there’s no easy way to answer that exactly, it depends on what skill set you actually need to help with your specific situation. Here are a couple of things to think about though.
Optimised Functional Medicine Nutritional Therapy is the best choice if:
> You need an experienced functional medicine practitioner who is trained to assess your signs and symptoms and identify the root cause of your problem
> You need a practitioner who can perform and interpret testing, liaise with your GP or consultant, and make nutrition, nutraceutical and lifestyle interventions
> You need a practitioner who has a proven record of delivering health improvement results across a range of issues and conditions
A Functional Medicine Doctor is the best choice if:
> You need an experienced, medically qualified practitioner who is cross qualified in Functional Medicine
> You have a situation that requires, or is best suited to, input from a medically qualified practitioner who can manage medication prescriptions and other aspects of your care directly rather than liaising with your NHS care team
> Cost is less of a factor opposite the value derived from the above
I initially went to see Dee to see whether I could control my PMS symptoms (mood swings & anger) - avoiding the ‘antidepressants’ route. To my surprise, after only 2 sessions and implementing the changes to my diet and lifestyle that Dee had suggested (as well as a vitamin supplement), my mood was much more manageable.Chari
Now a few months later, it’s actually not a problem anymore, I am much more calm, and have a lot more energy. As a result, the whole family, not just myself, have benefited from Dee’s help! I would certainly recommend Dee to anyone.
Dee knew before any GP that my issues were caused by hormones. Now that I have a diagnosis of endometriosis she is who I have gone back to for help and advice. She is so supportive and has really tailored her approach to suit me, my lifestyle, and my needs. I would recommend her to anyone!Allanah Ashdown
I went for the GP blood tests today and it happened to be my diabetic nurse that took them…. was expecting her to be a bit peeved that I hadn’t taken them (prescribed medication for diabetes) and gone elsewhere for advice….She weighed me and said “oh gosh well something’s working you’ve really lost some weight”. She said she thought my Nutritionist sounded amazing to keep trying what I was doing, it made total sense to her. That probably 10 years ago my thyroid would have been classified as a problem by the GP but that the boundaries have decreased. She asked me who you were as her sister has low level thyroid issues that are not classified as an issue by the NHS but that are having a negative affect...PJ - Part 1
My HbA1c in December (after I’d been calorie counting and generally doing the ‘eat right plate’) was 57, this is when the diabetic nurse first suggested I go on the tablets that have a side effect of thrush. She said the target for me was 48, this seemed impossible as I felt I was trying so hard already. My result today, after roughly just 6 or 7 weeks doing what you’ve said (and not 100% perfectly) is 46!!PJ - Part 2 (7 days later)
I am absolutely delighted!! And surprised!! I just obviously need to keep doing what I’m doing.I seriously cannot thank you enough. I know I am still on a journey but I know feel like I’m on the right path. So glad I didn’t take those extra tablets and contacted you instead.
At Optimised, we have a team of Functional Medicine Nutritional Therapists, and we’ve worked with a number of fantastic Functional Medicine Doctors over the years.
In our experience a good Functional Medicine Nutritional Therapist will achieve the best available health improvement outcome in the vast majority of cases.
However, there are times when the skillset and experience of a medically qualified, functional medicine trained practitioner, is a worthwhile investment, and one that you absolutely should make.
We’re here to help.
To your healthy, optimised future,
Dee & the Optimised clinic team