Jo Gamble BA (HONS) DIP CNM AFMCP FELLOW ICT – NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST & FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
Prior to the birth of my now 16-year-old daughter, I was a practicing 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 and required a four-year chemotherapy regime to suppress her immune system at just 3 years old. The treatment was gruelling and made her so unwell.
Having always been interested in the importance of food as medicine, I knew I had to make immediate changes to regain control of her failing health but couldn’t find guidance to help me make life affecting decisions. Despite meeting some inspiring people, I didn’t feel there was that one person that could tie it all together, connect the dots, answer all my questions and support our progression back to health. So, I set about digging to answer my own questions.
I wanted to share my first-hand experience, my 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 for developing further knowledge to answer my favourite question; WHY? Why do people get sick, WHY do people experience the symptoms they do, and WHY are they not responding to medical treatment?
I embarked on my functional training in 2011 and in 2013 finally fulfilled my desire to gain the skills to support a client to dig deep into the underlying causes of their disease. Graduating as the first functional medicinal practitioner in the UK from the Institute for Functional Medicine.
I completed my Fellowship in Integrative Cancer to further develop my understanding on the importance of leaving no stone unturned, digging until we find the underlying reason behind this disease in order to reboot and rebuild the body for quality of life and wellness.
In my job, no two days are ever the same. I wake up everyday eager to explore new challenges and fight for health and wellbeing. My clients, the families I work with and the students I teach and practitioners I mentor continually inspire me to keeping making a difference.
As well as my busy functional medicine practice that can support people throughout the whole of the UK, I continue to lecture at an undergraduate lecture for The College of Naturopathic Medicine to share my passion and expertise with practitioners of the future. I also lecture internationally at a post-graduate level where I share innovative research coupled with clinical expertise.