Functional Medicine Assessment – 1

We read and googled about Functional Medicine Assessment prior to the appointment with the doctor. We were excited to know how the assessment will help in determine our primary problem in our body which we will be able to work on and improve from there.

The concept of Functional Medicine is they deal with a matrix of whole body’s function including mental, physical and spiritual wellness that correlates the body’s hormone, immunity / inflammatory status, cell energy, gastrointestinal condition, detoxification ability and nutritional facts. The conventional doctor diagnosis will be knowing the illness by tracking the symptoms and prescribed medicine. But we know that taking a paracetamol might ease the headache symptom for a while but the cause of headache might be far more complex than we thought.

I read about Dr Shirin Jacod, she is a famous women gynae in Singapore who made a profession switch to Functional Medicine and I am glad to have met her in person after 2 month’s waiting.

She asked the purpose of our visit and what/how we like her to help. She assessed my hubby’s medical history including how he was born, things happened at his 10, 20 & 30 years old that greatly affected his emotion or health. She identified my hubby’s main cause of the illness is his mental health and he has the so-called cancer character. His mental health will be his physical health. Due to his long-term bad diet habit, he has the leaking gut issues that deteriorates after the cancer treatment. Leaking gut will bring us a lot of health issues and you may google to know more about it.

She wanted my hubby to tackle his mental health by giving him several suggestion including counseling session. She too comment that due to his health condition now, she would like my hubby to have diet with only RICE (brown rice, wild rice, black rice & red rice) & VEGETABLES that cooked or blended for easier digestion.

  • No gluten
  • No raw & juicing
  • No casein / soy
  • No sugar & fruits (small amount)
  • No diary
  • Avoid potato, eggplant, tomato, bell peppers & chili

When her assistant notified her for the last 15mins, she wanted us to share what we learn & has she helped so far. She lastly commented about chemotherapy. She encouraged my hubby to go for chemotherapy with the reason that last stage of cancer could spread very fast and it will buy him some golden time. But if his innerself is reluctant & afraid of more harm that will bring to his health, then bear with the outcome and just forget about it.

She had been very straight forward to his condition and I think we have not wasted our time. My hubby cried during the session (Dr Jacod too) when he shared about what he wanted to have if he granted to.

She recommended supplementation but she encouraged that we buy it at online stores. She was so kind to give us half price of consulation fee after knowing that we actually are unemployed now. She is 57 years old and she shared that she wants to spend her last 15years (by her estimation after assessing her family history) by helping people to heal holistically.

So we went for the blood test to know the nutritional profile & to meet her 2 weeks later. We got to do some homework to state down the daily food intake/emotion & exercise. Prior to that, we already scheduled a counseling session which my hubby is so looking forward to. He needs guidance, to achieve a better mental health. He felt so much better after meeting with her. I am thankful for he is more confident now for what to do next.

So no more juicing………………….. Oh lastly, she recommended that we read the book – The China Study. I read with lots of surprise.

I will update again.


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