Functional Medicine & Nutrition

Here at PrivateGP we provide cutting edge services in Functional Medicine with the most up to date biochemical tests, which can measure the levels of chemicals in your body to determine exactly which nutrients and foods you need to take to heal. We are one of the very few places in the UK to provide such a service and are pioneering the way for future medicine in this way.

Our functional medicine tests includes some of the most advanced Food Allergy Testing and food intolerance based medicine available. If you are interested in these services you can read more about them via the links in this text or elsewhere on the website or you can book an appointment or make an enquiry by calling 0116 270 0373

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What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a personalized approach for patients, dealing with the primary prevention and underlying causes of Chronic Disease. It is a science-based field of health care. It involves a full understanding of the biochemistry of the body and allows us to understand fully your body chemistry right down to it’s genes. This can be used along side traditional medicine to diagnose and treat a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. Functional medicine gets to the root of the problem and can help in all kinds of situations, and in some cases as an alternative to drug based therapy.

Are You At Risk?

Research estimates that 70-90% of the risk of Chronic Diseases can be attributed to lifestyle. This means that what you eat, how you exercise, what your spiritual practises are, and how much stress you have in your life, may increase your risk of Chronic Disease.

Common Chronic Diseases

Diet, overweight, lack of exercise and smoking account for over 70% of stroke and colon cancer, 80% of coronary heart disease, and over 90% of adult-onset diabetes.(Willet,WC.Science,2002:296,695-697)

How Do We Use Functional Medicine In Order To Help Our Patients?

We integrate science, research, and clinical insights to treat and prevent disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle for our patients.

Therapeutics and Prevention Strategies include:

  • Dietary and Activity Changes
  • Targeted Nutrients
  • Encouraging You to be in charge of Improving Your Own Health
  • Detoxification Strategies
  • Physical Medicine Intervention Programme
  • Stress Management Programmes


  • Greater Feelings of Well Being
  • Improved Physical Health
  • Helps Prevent and Treat Illnesses More Successfully
  • Feeling more energetic
  • Combines very well with Drug Based Therapy
  • Supports you to Facilitate Life Changes
  • Is Specific to Your Body
  • Gives you a Healthier Heart and Digestive System
  • Provides Excellent Results especially for Chronic Illnesses

Nutrition and Diet

Good nutrition and diet are also vital in the fight to help keep our bodies fit and healthy. As the saying goes ‘We are what we eat’, so knowing what to eat and what not to eat are essential to a healthy lifestyle. Many of us however lack a healthy diet and are deficient in vitamins and minerals, or even have allergies which we may have known nothing about!

Functional Medicine tests can be used to test for:

  • Food Allergies
  • Homocysteine levels (factors affecting your heart and how prone you are to illness
  • Vitamim deficiencies
  • Amino Acid deficiencies
  • Mineral and Micronutrient deficiencies
  • Omega and Fish Oil deficiencies
  • Bowel Tests
  • Full Biochemistry Analysis

This helps us to devise with you the means to help your body biochemistry help to heal itself. Tests are also helpful in enabling us to devise a nutritious diet suitable for your body and to provide you with vitamin, mineral, omega and other supplements, thus giving you the best chance of staying fit and healthy for longer!

Symptoms of Poor Nutrition

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Aspergers
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Child Development Complications
  • Obesity and fussy eating or poor eating
  • Obesity Management
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Endocrinological problems
  • Tiredness
  • Chronic Fatique Symptoms
  • Gastroenterological problems
  • Oncology
  • Dermatology
  • Rheumotological Problems
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Weight Loss

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Diet Sheets

We are able to advise you on a very practical level with healthy menus and diets and offer a diet sheet review and advice service by referral from the practice doctors.

Please click the link below to download a copy of our Nutrition Questionnaire.




Referrals to Nutritionist

If you are seeking advice for a physical or mental complaint we would usually advise you to have an initial consultation with Dr Julia Piper to discuss your medical history, any potential underlying illnesses as well your particular nutritional issues. Our doctor will undertake whatever tests are appropriate and then refer you to suitable nutritionists.