Planet Naturopath, Naturopathic Medicine
Total years in practice: 20
Hi, my name is Michael Smith N.D. BHSC (Naturopathy), and I have a passion for health and fitness. I also have a passion for helping guide other people so that they can reach their best possible health, which I have been doing for the last 15 years. I work with clients around the world via video or phone consultations. If you’re looking to find out what the underlying cause is behind your digestion issues, hormone problems, fatigue, autoimmune or other health conditions then you have come to the right place. I also have a special interest in optimizing brain function. I can help you by analyzing your diet and nutrition, doing detailed functional pathology testing to get to the root cause of your problem, and help guide you on the journey to wellness. I specialize in Digestion and Hormonal dysfunction which is often the cause of many people's health complaints, and they may not even realize it. If you optimize these systems it can lead to improved weight, increased energy, improved hair, skin and nails, better moods and many other symptoms disappearing. I don’t provide a “magic pill” to wellness—you will have to put time and effort in to change your diet and nutrition—but I can help to guide, educate and inspire you to achieve great results. About me I originally come from Melbourne, where I had a career as a very busy chef. As I struggled with my own health problems during this time, I developed an interest in the effects of food and activity on health. I had been working long hours, drinking too much coffee, and not eating proper healthy foods. Eventually I could not escape the fact that my energy, and indeed my health, had become dangerously sapped. In an effort to become healthier and get back my energy, I went to a Naturopath. I followed their advice, and slowly improved my health to the point I felt better than ever. Looking back now, I realize my body was not functioning well due to my genetics! I have MTHFR 677 and 1298, MTR, MTRR and CBS snps in my genes. For those of you who are not familiar with these terms, basically it meant my methylation pathway was dysfunctional, and my ability to detoxify, cope with stress and maintain my energy levels was greatly impaired. Genetic testing now gives everyone the chance to work out where there body is working efficiently, and importantly, which genetic snps may be causing their health problems. Thanks to the work of Dr. Ben Lynch and my studies with him, I have been able to establish why some people struggle with chronic illness, depression, learning difficulties and conditions such as chronic fatigue. Genetic testing is not a magic bullet, however. You still need to get the fundamentals like diet, lifestyle and environment right. Now though, with the help of genetics I can individualize that process and focus functional testing for each person. Functional medicine aims to look beyond just treating signs and symptoms. This type of medicine works with each person as an individual, as we are all unique. Two people, for instance, can have the same medical condition but the cause and treatment can be very different. I have also studied Functional Medicine with Dr Daniel Kalish at the Kalish Institute, and I am currently studying Functional Medicine with Chris Kresser. I love to be constantly learning and using this knowledge to help others overcome their health problems.