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Melody Mackeown, Founder of Food4Life, is a registered nutritional therapist with a Masters Degree (MSc) in nutrition (CNELM, Middlesex University) and a qualified NLP (neuro linguistic programming) practitioner. 

She was awarded a Distinction at The Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in London. This training clinic is regarded as one of the leading nutritional therapy organisations in the UK, with a reputation for both clinical and academic excellence.

She was also awarded the prize for Clinical Excellence and has a degree in Psychology from Bristol University (BSc Hons Psychology).

Melody is also a member of the following professional bodies:

  • British Association for Nutritional Therapists (BANT)
  • British Society of Ecological Medicine (BSEM)
  • Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
  • Complementary Medical Association
  • Nutritional Therapy Council

I undertake over 100 hours of professional enhancement training courses (CPD) each year to ensure she employs the latest cutting-edge research and information in her practice.

“She’s been wonderful to work with… I do not know where I would be today if it wasn’t for working with Melody”

What is Functional Medicine?

The functional medicine model is an individualized, patient-centred science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness.

When working within a functional medicine framework many questions about a patient’s symptoms are asked e.g.:

  • When did this happen?
  • Why did this happen?
  • What are the factors that contributed to the diagnosis?
  • How can we bring the body back into balance?

By looking for root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions.

Functional Medicine follows some basic principles: 

  • Acknowledges that each individual is unique e.g. different genetic make-up, different lifestyle and different environment
  • It focusses on preventing disease and restoring health by looking at the person as a whole and not a series of individual parts – and looking at how these parts fit together and impact each other to establish the root cause and drivers.
  • Seeking to identify triggers and drivers and once understood to devise a treatment plan to help you avoid or reduce them.
  • Respects that the fundamental needs of the body are also required: nutrition, nutrients, mindfulness, movement
  • That support and education is also key to provide you the necessary skills for implementing change

In addition, I use cutting-edge laboratory testing to get the clues we need to target the right areas of health.