About Jo Gamble
BA (HONS) DIP CNM AFMCP FELLOW ICT
Nutritional Therapist & Functional Medicine Practitioner & Fellow in Integrative Oncology
Prior to the birth of my now nearly 18-year-old daughter, I was a practising behavioural therapist, specialising in children with autism and complex learning and behavioural difficulties.
When my daughter became ill at just 19 months old, life would never quite be the same again. She was diagnosed with her first autoimmune disease which developed into multiple autoimmune diseases. These required a four-year chemotherapy regime to suppress her immune system at just 3 years old. This gruelling treatment made her so unwell. If you are a parent with a child or looking after someone you love who is struggling, I hear you, I see you, I understand, and I am here for you.
Having always been interested in the importance of food as medicine, I knew I had to make immediate changes to regain control of my daughter’s failing health but couldn’t find the guidance to help me make life-affecting decisions. Despite meeting some inspiring people, I didn’t feel there was one person who could tie it all together, connect the dots, answer all my questions and support our progression back to health. So, I set about digging for the answers to my own questions, and here I am, ready to use this knowledge for you.
I wanted to share my first-hand experience, learning, and determination to inspire and support others to achieve wellness. So I began the journey to create the ‘no stone unturned’ approach to wellness by studying nutritional therapy with The College of Naturopathic Medicine. My hunger drove me to develop further knowledge to answer my favourite question: WHY? Why do people become sick? WHY do people experience the symptoms they do? WHY are they not responding to medical treatment?
I embarked on my functional training in 2011 and in 2013 graduated as the first functional medicinal practitioner in the UK from the Institute for Functional Medicine. I had finally fulfilled my desire to gain the skills to support my clients by digging deep into the underlying causes of their disease.
With an increasing rate of clients with cancer, my thirst grew to understand why the risk rates for cancer are increasing each year. To develop my knowledge in this field, I completed my Fellowship in Integrative Cancer. I feel I have the tools to start unravelling the underlying reasons behind this disease and to work on rebalancing and rebuilding the body systems related to the quality of life and wellness.
In my job, no two days are ever the same. I wake up every day eager to explore new challenges and fight for health and wellbeing. My clients, the families I work with, the students I teach and practitioners I mentor continually inspire me to keep making a difference.
As well as my busy functional medicine practice supporting people throughout the whole of the UK, I lecture at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels internationally, sharing my hunger for science along with years of clinical experience.
- I have learnt through my own life experiences how hard it is to see a loved one struggling, experiencing disease or not being well.
- I didn’t feel there was any one person who could connect all the dots together.
- So, my journey to create the ‘no stone unturned’ approach to wellness began by studying nutritional therapy and progressed rapidly to become the first Functional Medicine practitioner to graduate in the UK. This gave me the tools to really dig deep into the underlying causes of imbalance in the body.
- I have a passion for developing my knowledge even further to answer my favourite question: WHY? Why do people become ill? WHY do people’s bodies experience imbalances leading to symptoms?
With an increasing rate of clients with cancer, I completed my Fellowship in Integrative Cancer. This further developed my understanding of the importance of finding the underlying reasons behind this disease. Only then is it possible to reboot and rebuild body systems to maximise the quality of life and wellness.