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Healing - the Authentic Tea podcast with Sally

Sally supports others to transform their wellbeing and meet their health goals with private consultations, overnight health retreats and courses.

Sally also shares her time and energy with her family business Hampton Manor integrating soil health and sustainable farming to bring healthy food to the dining table.

Join us to hear more about the value of nutrition, healthy food, the connection to self, others and nature and how Sally is working to incorporate these and so much more in to her holistic approach to healing.

Episode 31 features a chat with Sally. Sally is guiding people back to health using an integrated medical approach and her passion for functional and lifestyle medicine.

Rachel (00:01):

I am delighted to be chatting with Sally. Sally is guiding people back to health, using an integrated medical approach. Combining her passion for functional and lifestyle medicine, Sally supports others to transform their wellbeing and meet their health goals through private consultations, overnight health retreats, and courses. Sally also shares her time and energy with her family business at Hampton Manor, integrating soya health and sustainable farming to bring healthy food to the dining table. Welcome, Sally.

Sally (00:29):

Thank you, Rachel, for having me. I'm really excited to be talking to you.

Rachel (00:36):

Well, thank you for joining us. So I've got so many questions I'd love to ask you, but maybe we could start off with the change of treating the individual and delivering a more personalized approach to medicine. When did you start to see that for yourself that you wanted to follow that route? Yeah.

Sally (00:56):

I've been a medical doctor for 22 years, and I don't know about you, but I found even during my training, back in those early 90s, I remember being at medical school, learning all the amazing science in the first couple of years, and then getting to clinical work and thinking, "Well, I don't need any of that. I just need to know how to classify disease and follow a guideline."

Sally (01:19):

And it really jarred with me that it seemed so disconnected from how our bodies were made. So that was always in me and I was always wrestling. We go into medicine because we want to help people. But the more I went into medicine, the more I felt I wasn't really. And what we were doing was so disconnected with the individual. It was all about disease management.

Sally (01:41):

And then I had a few years overseas in Africa doing different things, and I came back to the inner city to do general practice. I totally loved it. Just the first day when I was doing my job there, I couldn't say a single name. And I was so happy. I loved that.

Sally (01:57):

But again, just had this growing thing with pressures for appointments, where by the time I left, it was like 40 patients a day, 10 minutes at a time. Patient didn't know me, I didn't know them—this massive pressure to get people into a disease category, to use medication. And then often, we were medicating because I was medicating and it just was breaking me. I felt like it was so disconnected. I wasn't really helping the individual. I couldn't be a home doctor.

Sally (02:24):

And then I lost my own health and thank God for the NHS, I had all my scans, what have you. They came out with a diagnosis, got given medication for life. And that was the tipping point for me, where I had this moment with my neurologist where I said, "Look, you're not really telling me why I'm unwell. Is there anything I can do to help myself get better?" And he didn't even look up. He put another prescription across at me and said, "Here, Sally. Try this one and I'll see you in three months."

Sally (02:53):

I walked out and it was like, no. Our body is created to heal. It's genetically wired to repair and I want to understand what's going on in my body. That was the tipping pointwhere I decided to go back to the roots and work out what my body needed

Rachel (03:14):

And that moment for you, that own self-reflection, that experiences then obviously led you to now share both your experience and your expertise. What steps did you then take to develop your learning in that area?

Sally (03:28):

I stumbled across the world of functional medicine in America, which has been around 30 years. It's a different approach and a different roadmap to the problem of health. So where we would look at disease management, we would look at symptom suppression, functional medicine has an approach where it looks upstream. It looks at what's going on at a cellular level, what's going on hormonally, what's going on nutritionally, and it tries to correct things there through using lifestyle, nutrition, and some supplementation to help correct things there because as you do that, all the downstream stuff improves.

Sally (04:14):

So I fell into that. And at that time, that really was the only route to start doing any training. Things have moved on a lot now. Here in the UK, you have lifestyle medicine diplomas, and a lot has happened since then. I did the functional medicine training. It was based in America with the Institute of Functional Medicine. At the time, I also came across a great nutritionist called Chris Kresser, who also has n institute for training. Also, I did some training with him too, but a lot of it was just reading.

Sally (04:50):

Again, you'll understand this, but in the 90s, we had no idea why we slept, we had no nutritional training, we knew nothing about the gut microbiome. We knew nothing about Nutrogenomix, sociogenomics, all of that. And actually when you start reading and learning, so much has exploded on the scene in terms of the impact of these different foundations that help us remain healthy. Literally, it was all consuming. I had two or three years where I literally would just input, input, input, reading everything. And of that, developed my own convictions and my own style of practice that suits how I'm made and and how I can help certain people.