We sat down with FunctionalDX Practitioner Christine Bailey to find out why she chooses FDX and why she recommends it to other practitioners. You can watch the video of our discussion below or keep scrolling to read the blog version.
Christine Bailey’s Practitioner experience
Christine is a well established figure within the world of wellness; having been involved in nutrition and health for over 20 years. She is a registered nutritionist, with a degree in nutrition, and has delved deeper into functional medicine through trainings with the FMI and working with Mike Ash.
As a qualified chef, Christine also works as Consultant; supporting recipe and product development within the food and fitness industry.
But what is fundamental, is that when you are working on a one to one basis with the client you really are still going back to those basics of diet and lifestyle.
During her work in the corporate sector, Christine has noticed the importance of really rigorous testing, and shares how this is because often clients inherently know that they need to make some changes but they’re not sure what those changes are. With comprehensive results in front of them, providing key indications of fundamental imbalances, clients are motivated to start implementing some changes.
How Christine Bailey became a FunctionalDX Practitioner
Our Founder, Jonathan Cohen, is a prominent figure in the healthcare space and – like many of our Practitioners – Christine discovered FDX through meeting Jonathan. Christine was hooked by her own strong interest in the evidence and the science behind health outcomes and how FDX was able to enable that.
One of the highlights of the FunctionalDX approach is that we’re looking at body systems as the first step. So it’s not just focusing on one area. Plus, there are some really illustrated ways of presenting that information, not just for yourself, but also to the patient as well, and that aids compliance.
What FunctionalDX blood panels does Christine Bailey use?
Whilst her client base is wide ranging, Christine predominently works with the corporate sector, and sees a large number of clients who are 30+. With these clients, Christine’s go-to panels are Cardio Check, particularly for male clients who may have already been told that there are some family history imbalances, and Femme Health (which complements the menopause programme she is currently running).
Some of the more comprehensive Femme Health panels are absolutely perfect for the 45 plus age range, with a lot of body system changes, which are very common around perimenopause and menopause. We know oestrogen and progesterone will be fluctuating and then declining quite dramatically at menopause, but it’s the system wide effects we’re most interested in; whether that’s the glucose markers, the lipid markers or the inflammatory markers. We know cardiovascular risk and insuiln resistance goes up around menopause. And that’s the benefit of FDX as that helps take us beyond sex hormones and instead focuses on body systems.
A case study from Christine Bailey where hidden dysfunctions were identified
In the case of a female client who was perimenopausal, struggling with low energy and brain fog with a very demanding job, Christine used the X panel to uncover hidden health trends. A wide range of body system changes, including some areas of cellular health, very low red blood cell count, and low magnesium were identified.
These results showed the impact that stress was having on the clients’ thyroid conversion and electrolyte balance. Plus, high aluminium levels were identified, which was particularly relevant for this client as she was at a key age and had a family history of Alzheimer’s.
There were a wide range of things identified which, if you did just a sex hormone panel or even an adrenal test, may not have shown up at all.
For more in depth, case specific insights from Christine, join our exclusive webinar for FDX Practitioners on 24th February.
Why does Christine Bailey choose FunctionalDX?
Quite frankly, because it is a body wide systems approach. It’s blood, it’s reliable, and it’s looking very functionally at the body.
Christine is joining us for our next webinar for FDX Practitioners on 24th February: Menopause – Beyond hot flushes a body systems approach. Book your seat now. Not a registered Practitioner yet?
Christine Bailey is an experienced nutritionist, lecturer and author of over 16 health and recipe books.
With a keen interest in female hormones as well as running a number of successful hormone programmes with clients and practitioners, Christine has a wealth of experience in supporting clients’ with their hormone health.