The numbers aren’t going down.

This was the anxious thought cycling on repeat in my mind every day as I stared across at the figures on my computer screen.

The numbers aren’t going down.

 

 

I’d spent the past two decades immersed in health, healthcare and public health, training as a biomedical scientist and an epidemiologist with extensive experience in infectious disease and chronic health conditions and panicking about humankind’s biological future.

I’ve worked on outbreaks, epidemics and a pandemic, supported thousands of humans to live healthier and happier lives, all while writing influential high-profile reports that shed light on a range of fundamental public health issues.

But again and again it kept coming back to this:

The numbers weren’t going down.

I could see that conventional medicine was tinkering at the edges of evolution, but the number of people dealing with chronic health conditions like
diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular conditions and musculoskeletal conditions
was not going down.

And despite our collective scientific determination to heal the world, there was no objective improvement in our resolution of the real health problems we were facing.
It was then that I realised we needed to think differently about our approach to solving the chronic health crisis.

And so The Thrive Practice was Born

The Thrive Practice became my ground zero for doing things differently.

Instead of paying lip service to the prevention of health issues I made it one of our priorities.

Rather than relying on pills for every ill, I leaned into the more complicated but transformational pathway of employing data-driven and natural lifestyle solutions on a human-by-human basis.

Instead of treating everyone the same, I chose to explore the individuality of each human’s biochemistry, life and genetics to unlock what works uniquely for them and their condition

And, today, I’ve developed and mastered a science-based approach to wellness that heals humans who feel let down by conventional cures and modern medicine.
Because at The Thrive Practice, our clients aren’t afraid to think – and act – differently to achieve their future-focused transformations; but they’re daunted by the prospect of being stuck with the same old reductionist solutions that slap short-term fixes over their symptoms.
They want to feel confident that they can conquer the medical mysteries stealing their sanity and success.
And they want to do it while being supported by a data-driven scientific method that embraces natural solutions to heal their conditions and symptoms.

1. Functional medicine approach: Deeper level of understanding of the systems-orientated model of the human body, client-centred approach

2. Data – advanced biomarker testing, scientific analysis and the client’s storyc

3. Public health: social and environmental context of client’s lives and how these affect health and quality of life outcomes

And so The Thrive Practice was Born

Ria

Pre-diabetes/metabolic syndrome
sedentary lifestyle | gaining weight | always thirsty | tingling in fingers and toes | urinate frequently | family history of diabetes

Personalised health plan following testing included:

Nutrition: whole, nutrient-rich foods that helped to balance my blood sugars and reduce my inflammation markers
Movement: Regular, effective movement to improve cardiovascular health
Mental/Emotional: Stress reduction practices
Supplements: support blood sugar balance
Accountability & support throughout the plan

Results: Repeat testing found haemoglobin A1c normalised, 4.5. Kg weight loss, regularly moving more than 135 minutes per week

Credentials: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, MSc Modern Epidemiology, MPH Public Health. Trained in Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners and Advanced Practitioner training with The Institute for Functional Medicine .

Genes: One half of a non-identical twin.

Immune system: Overactive and a little out of control. I suffered from eczema and asthma in my younger years and live with a number of allergies (the typical atopic triad).

Genius-level at: Details, connecting the dots, and developing future-focused scientific plans.

Rather horrendous at: Rest and relaxation, doing nothing, drawing (stick figures max out my artistic skills) and being patient with disorganisation.

Go-to comfort binge: Hamilton (the musical), Scandal (the TV series), Bridesmaids (the movie), Gogglebox and pretty much any historical period drama

You’ll never find me: … Drinking coffee! I can’t stand the smell.

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