Amanda Downsborough

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Functional Medicine Practitioner

Amanda’s Areas of Practice

Amanda is a Functional Medicine practitioner

She also has extensive experience in prenatal care, infant and children’s health and development, as well as dealing with complex chronic conditions n adults.

A West Australian country upbringing saw her complete high school through Schools of Isolated and Distance Education in country Western Australia/

As a young adult Amanda moved to Perth and completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery, and a Graduate Certificate in Family and Community Health.

Having spent years working as a Midwife and Child Health Nurse, Amanda turned her focus to investigate biochemical imbalances and genetic variations, and methods to restore health.

After several thousand hours of study, she completed a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine through University of Western States, USA, graduating with distinction.

Amanda considers this innovative knowledge and extensive experience to be key to future health care, and will enable the patients she treats to achieve optimal health in a less-than-healthy world.

What can Functional Medicine do for you ?

Each person I work with is an individual, with their own health goals and their own challenges. I meet people where they are, encouraging, motivating, and inspiring them along the way. I understand first hand how hard the journey can be, especially when juggling a family and everything else that life entails.

I have a passion for children’s health, and have particular interests in autism, ADD/ADHD, eczema, and allergies.

I also have a special interest in autoimmune diseases, with a very strong family history and my own genetic predisposition.

I often use Nutrigenomics testing as one of the tools to help people reach their healthiest state. Nutrigenomics is a term used to describe the interaction of genes and nutrients, and how each impacts the other. I still remember the day in 2003, when a lecturer announced to my undergraduate cohort that the Human Genome Project had been completed. I also remember thinking that it sounded rather important!

Since that time, researchers have been discovering how health outcomes are impacted by nutritional and environmental influences, and that some individuals are more prone to certain chronic diseases that require precision intervention for optimal outcomes.  One example of a gene that can impact our health is the MTHFR gene. Though it might be helpful to know whether you have the MTHFR variation, the enzyme created by this gene does not work alone. For a much clearer picture, it is necessary to investigate multiple genes that affect the same biochemical pathways.

My own path to wellness

From the age of two years, I was handing out Band-Aids, desperately trying to fix people. After completing high school at home on the family farm, I moved to Perth and completed a Bachelor of Science (Nursing). Having been intent on becoming a paediatric nurse, I was side-tracked, and proceeded instead with a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery, then Graduate Certificate in Family and Community Health. Working across multiple fields in any one week, I was busy but very frustrated by the lack of answers to common chronic conditions.

My mind truly opened when my eldest son was chronically ill and, at the advice of a friend, I changed his diet. Remarkable, positive changes in him made me question what I really knew, and I started to dig deep. Using energy and determination I never knew I had, I completed a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, graduating with distinction and a much healthier child. I then spent the following two years healing myself from the impact of sleeplessness and stress in my personal life but I was so very grateful to be able to heal by using the knowledge I had gained.

I live by one of my favourite quotes from Hippocrates: “The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it.”

My interests outside of work

I am an enthusiast for learning.

I thoroughly enjoy reading current research and completing various short (and long) courses relating to my professional field.

I am often found in the kitchen

And I am honoured to be a mother of two noisy boys and one gorgeous girl.

I strongly believe in teaching and empowering them to fulfil their healthiest, happiest life.

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