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Emma’s Research: Functional Medicine


In 2011 I did the first week long accredited “Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice” course in the UK but decided, at that stage, not to go on to do the full Functional Medicine training because it meant studying over in America.  But now the training is held here in the UK.

Over the last month, I have completed my first module, “Advanced Gastrointestinal Module”, in the hope of becoming a fully qualified Functional Medicine Practitioner.  This is the first time an advanced Functional Medicine module has been held in the UK! It was a privilege it be there and to catch up with old colleagues and meet lots of new likeminded people.

To study Functional Medicine is to study how and why illness occurs. I am interested in this in order to find out how to restore health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

The Functional Medicine model is an individualised, patient-centred, science-based approach that explores the underlying causes of disease. The aim is to promote optimal well-being based on a person’s unique genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors.

Although much of what I learnt in this first module was revision, it drew my years of experience and passion in gut health together.  Amongst many topics, the gut  most common gut associated chronic diseases were taught in detail (SIBO, GORD, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Diverticulitis).  The ‘Conundrum’ about Gluten and ‘leaky gut’ were also discussed in depth.

If you would like to talk to me about any of this do get in touch with me, and look out for my updates as I carry on my research and professional development!

Every blessing,



Emma Maitland-Carew – Registered Nutritional Therapist

Dip.ION, mBANT, CHNC Registered Practitioner,

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