What Is Functional Medicine? Wendy Urwin Nutrition in Highland



Caring for your health properly is so much more than just taking care of individual areas of your body. At Wendy Urwin Nutrition, we follow a “functional medicine” approach that treats the unified system of your body, holistically.

Caring for your health properly is so much more than just the basics of eating right and exercise. With current medical research, we have discovered that the body is a complex collection of organs and systems and even bacterial colonies (the microbiome) that greatly impact each other.

While the standard of care hasn’t quite “caught up” yet with most of the current science, conventional doctors and “specialists” are still treating parts of the body separately without taking into account the fact that all these areas greatly impact each other.

When you are healthy, they work together like a symphony in perfect harmony – and you have vibrant health.

But when one of these systems is off balance, the whole symphony is out of tune! When you need a “tune-up” so to speak, not only do you need to look at areas that aren’t working right… but also that the rest of your body is in balance.

Sadly, most clients receive instead medications to treat symptoms associated with a body part that “isn’t working” when in reality, it’s oftentimes a systemic issue that needs to be treated in a completely different way.

In addition, the conventional medical approach also doesn’t consider that each person is born with unique health needs: Based on their genetic factors, the environment they were born into, what kinds of bacteria populate their gut, as well as what they are exposed to as they grow – each person’s body has a very unique health profile which means they need an equally unique healing protocol.

It’s no wonder people go from doctor to doctor and never find the answers to their illness! Conventional medicine is missing the mark when it comes to effectively treating many chronic illnesses caused by aging, environment and diet, hormonal imbalances, and food sensitivities because they try to treat symptoms with medication. In fact, we find with our clients that while they may share the same symptoms, they frequently suffer from very different imbalances.

That’s why at Wendy Urwin Nutrition, we follow a more modern “functional medicine” approach that incorporates advanced functional lab testing and relies on current nutritional science to help you rebalance and finally heal.

This in-depth approach is the only successful way of treating chronic disorders because most chronic illness have many causes.

Instead of simply addressing different symptoms across separate areas, functional medicine seeks to treat the underlying root cause – while looking at lifestyle factors such as diet, environment, emotional health, and mindset that usually brings on the illness clients are seeking to heal.

Our nutrition and lifestyle medicine programs are a more comprehensive form of care to help clients learn how to upgrade their lifestyle – so they don’t remain stuck in the “chronic illness dead-end.”

Here are just some of the things we focus on in our program:

  • We prioritize quality over quantity with our clients.  The number of clients we see is strictly limited to ensure sufficient time to listen carefully to each client and review their case before making personalised recommendations.
  • Assessment, natural healing, and prevention are prioritised. Adjustments to diet, sustainable changes to lifestyle, use of healing herbs or supplementation offer holistic benefit without side effects. 
  • The application of the most recent evidence-based nutritional science to ensure clients get the highest standard of care and an optimal outcome.
  • Clients are taught how to take a more active role in their own health building a health ‘toolbox’ so that the gains made on the program will last for a lifetime.
  • Nutrition & lifestyle medicine is complementary to conventional medicine and should not be considered as an alternative to medical advice. 

Since the founding of her practice, Wendy Urwin has supported clients with life-altering conditions such as:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome, post-infectious IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, gut parasites, Candidiasis, Coeliac disease, hypothyroidism/ Hashimoto’s, long COVID, fibromyalgia, ME, chronic fatigue syndrome, MCAS, vaginitis, interstitial cystitis, menopause, endometriosis, eczema, rosacea, urticaria, anxiety & depression, brain fog function, Chronic Lyme and coinfections.
  • We are not qualified to work with cancer, anorexia or other eating disorders.
  • You are always encouraged to consult with your GP regarding any changes in your health.

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