Across all humans, there are seven core physiological processes that make life possible. These seven processes cut across all organs and involve a multitude of chemical reactions that allow us to carry on with our daily activities. They are:

  1. Assimilation
  2. Detoxification (also known as biotransformation and elimination)
  3. Defence and repair
  4. Celluar Transport
  5. Cellular Communication
  6. Bioenergetics
  7. Structural integrity

These processes are kept within tight controls to maintain balance (homeostasis) within the body. When these processes happen as they should, humans are happy and healthy. However, when imbalances occur in these processes life is less than great.


Imbalances can happen in any or all of these seven core processes. There are only two reasons why imbalances occur.

  1. Dysfunction – a disruption or impairment in the operation of an organ or processes
  2. Defect – an anatomical imperfection within the processes or an organ

Imbalances are caused when the environmental inputs of a human such a nutrients, movement, toxins and trauma are processed through a very individual set of genetic predispositions, attitudes and beliefs. These attitudes and beliefs form part of a psychosocial system. This psychosocial system encompasses cognitive and psychological factors as well as a sense of purpose.

It is the core imbalances that develop within these core physiological processes that lead to the signs and symptoms of the disease as we know them. These signs and symptoms can manifest in any of the core processes or the psychosocial system.


Armed with this knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms by which disease manifests and how humans are meant to work it is possible to slow, stop and prevent the progression of downstream symptoms by working upstream with the core physiological processes and the psychosocial system to address the loss of balance.

By restoring the balance between these inputs required by the body and the processes that keep it functioning it is possible to significantly improve the health of humans.

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Hello, I’m Leah! Functional health consultant and founder of The Thrive Practice. Driven by data and supported by science, I’m unerringly obsessed with exploring your unique biochemistry to methodically get to the root of your health issues. So, you can achieve real and lasting relief.


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