Jo Gamble BA (HONS) DIP CNM AFMCP FELLOW ICT – NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST
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 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 and the students I teach and practitioners I mentor continually inspire me to keep 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.
One of the young children I worked with, Alfie Gough was fighting neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, unfortunately despite his parent’s courageous efforts, sadly Alfie passed away. It was important to them to keep a bit of Alfie alive, so we went on to set up The Alfie Gough Trust.
As a legacy to Alfie, I wrote my first cookbook, which has just been published, it can be purchased here.
This book was designed so families can eat the types of foods they want to eat, from children’s favourites, chicken nuggets and burgers to adult dishes including curries and chillies as well as cakes and bakes that taste and look delicious, whilst not compromising health.
As well as my busy private clinic in Coventry and the two charities, I also lecture in Nutrition for the College of Naturopathic Medicine, where I love to inspire the students to follow their dreams and embark on a career they will receive fulfillment from.
My hunger for further knowledge and 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 from the Institute for Functional Medicine.
I completed my Fellowship in Integrative Cancer to further develop my understanding of the importance of leaving no stone unturned.
I love waking up every day because in my job no two days are ever the same. My clients, the families I work with and the students I teach and practitioners I mentor continually inspire me to make a difference.