Functional and Nutritional Medicine is a specialised field of medical science that focuses on disease prevention and promotes wellbeing and balance between the mind and body. Traditional medicine tends to focus on the early detection, treatment, and modification of risk factors for established medical conditions (e.g. heart attack, breast cancer, depression). Very important work!
Functional medicine uses scientific knowledge of the body’s natural homeostatic mechanisms that are designed to keep things working well at a cellular, organ, and whole body level. This knowledge is then used to monitor, adjust and assist the body to maintain these functions at an optimal level with a view to keeping things as healthy as possible for as long as possible. This type of medicine is not for everyone! It is complex, time consuming and generally not covered by Medicare or private health insurance (there are a few exceptions). It requires motivation and a desire to take charge of one’s own health outcomes. It is also extremely rewarding and empowering.
We believe that beauty is more than skin-deep. A healthy balanced mind and body is associated with improved appearance of the skin, hair, nails and subcutaneous tissues, and even the bones supporting the face. When we feel well we reflect that “inner glow” and feel more confident and authentic in our interactions with others.
Based on current statistics it is likely that many of us will live well into our 80s. Ask any older person what is the most important thing to them and they will all say the same thing… their health. We must accept getting older but we want to look fresh, and have the vitality and energy to continue to enjoy our families, friends and life!
Our lives are busy and full and we don’t always take the time to focus on the basic preventative health measures such as diet and lifestyle. As we are also consistently bombarded with information via TV, the internet and from friends about what we should be eating, taking or doing. It can be quite overwhelming. Many of us take supplements unaware if they are the right ones or if they are doing us any good.
The doctors at Respect are experienced, vocationally registered specialist GPs and members of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. We can give you independent, individualised advice to help you create your own health and wellness plan.
When you make your initial appointment you will receive questionnaires to help us establish all relevant history including diet, exercise and exposures, mental and hormonal health. At your first visit, these will be discussed and specific examination and nutritional testing will be arranged as indicated. Subsequent visits will involve the development of a written wellness plan which may include such things as individualised diet, lifestyle and supplement advice. This can then be reviewed at regular intervals. We also encourage you to share it and discuss this with your GP or any other health practitioners involved in your care.
Please note: Due to the specialist nature and increased demand for of this nutritional and functional medicine, we are unable to offer traditional GP services such as prescriptions for regular medications and PAP smears at Respect. We encourage you to visit a closely located GP for regular reviews for prevention and early detection of common illness, and for continuity of your traditional medical care. We are happy to send copies of all our investigation results to your GP, with your written permission.
Functional and nutritional medicine consultations are available Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, some Saturdays and at other times by arrangement.
Dr Jane Alderman ( RACGP, FRACGP ) is a GP in Adelaide Hill’s Stirling, and a cosmetic physician at Respect. Jane interests are all aspects of preventative health and healthy ageing, with a special interest in women’s health and mind-body balance. Dr Janey Shanahan ( RACGP, FRACGP ) is a cosmetic physician at Repsect, and a trainer in this field in Australia and overseas. She is a keen runner, and a mother of 2 small children, so naturally her interests are children, women’s health, musculoskeletal medicine and optimising nutrition for athletes (serious or part time).