My health scare: the inspiration for The Vitality Clinic
Over 20 years ago, working long hours in the NHS, my health declined due to poor diet, high stress and inadequate sleep. I was overweight, I had arthritis, and I could not walk half a mile down the road to the train station. Following emergency surgery, I ended up in my intensive care unit, as the most severe patient.
I decided to take control and turn my health around.
Fast forward to the present day: I am in my 60s, I’ve reduced my waist size by 6 inches (from 38” to 32”), run over 120 marathons and have never felt in better health from obesity to 100 marathon club.
Do you have an acute or chronic disease?
If you’ve broken your leg or are having a heart attack, there’s nowhere better to be than in hospital. However, mainstream medicine manages chronic diseases at the level of their symptoms, ignoring the underlying cause. Because the root cause is not being addressed, patients continue to deteriorate while also taking drugs for the rest of their life!
So, we are living longer, but too many of us are doing so in failing health, hanging around dependent on care.
As a doctor, this approach left me dissatisfied, as I was essentially providing unsuccessful treatment.
I realised that being a doctor had given me great experience in managing the disease, but I hadn’t got a clue even how to reinstate my health.
I was confident that there was an active genetic component to my health issues as most of my problems also ran in my family. Using common sense, I focused initially on adopting a healthy diet and increasing my physical activity. Little successes added up over the years, culminating in my completing my 100th marathon.
I continued to refine my methods until I discovered Functional Medicine (FM) – the 21st-century solution to chronic diseases. FM resolves the root cause of chronic illness and corrects lifestyle to restore body function rather than just prescribing drugs. I was so excited by FM that I spent three years, completing full training in Functional Medicine in the US.
Being on a mission drove me – after 25 years in the NHS – to leave and set up The Vitality Clinic, based in Weybridge, Surrey and Harley Street in London.