Ep. 9 - Conventional x Functional Medicine: The Integrated Approach with Dr Lafina



Season 1. Episode 9.

Dr Lafina Diamandis is a GP and a lifestyle medicine doctor with her private clinic, Deia Health. Lafina has an extensive education history including King’s College for medicine and UCL for a masters in brain and mind science. Lafina is hugely passionate about a holistic approach to healthcare and the benefits of lifestyle medicine. 

In this episode, Nicole invites Dr Lafina onto the show to discuss the pitfalls of the medical and healthcare system, particularly on chronic illness and how lifestyle factors can hugely impact your health, as well as why she decided to combine lifestyle medicine within her practice and the results her patients have seen as a direct result.

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Episode Timestamps


When and why Dr Lafina begun using lifestyle medicine in her practice


The evidence behind using the lifestyle medicine approach 


How Dr Lafina sees functional and lifestyle medicine benefiting patients suffering with chronic illnesses


Nicole’s personal experience with autoimmunity and why it took so long to get a diagnosis


Blending therapies and the benefits it can bring for some people 


Combining conventional and functional together for a fatigue and depression case study


Guiding people to help them make an informed decision about their health


Looking at all of the pathways when it comes to treating thyroid issues


The impact that small changes can have when it comes to treating chronic illnesses


Looking into preventative methods for things like Alzhemier’s and Dementia


Challenges Dr Lafina has faced when incorporating lifestyle medicine into her practice


Implementing new habits and behaviours 


Combining Nicole and Dr Lafina’s expertise together!  


The one thing Dr Lafina wants for listeners to walk away with from this episode

Our job is to guide, provide information and help someone make an informed decision about their health, and then support them along the way.”


Essential learnings from this episode…

How functional and lifestyle medicine can help those suffering with chronic illnesses

Why smaller changes have a more significant impact than you may think

How we can implement preventative measures into our lifestyle

The benefits of combining a conventional and functional medicine approach

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Hey there, I´m Nicole


Functional Medicine Practitioner
Registered Nutritional Therapist BANT CNHC
Registered Nutritionist BANT
Podcast Host – The Goode Health Podcast
Media Contributor – Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Thrive Global
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Founder of The Goode Health Clinic – WINNER Best Functional Medicine Clinic UK 2023 

Nicole is one of the UK’s leading voices on immune health and optimal health, a specialist in autoimmune diseases, further specialised into thyroid, brain and fatigue conditions and optimising health for ambitious high achiever’s. Providing bespoke, personalised functional medicine programmes for clients worldwide.

Nicole has partnerships with worldwide global leaders in functional medicine including practitioner only supplement companies, testing laboratories (inc. from USA), to assess health, discover underlying imbalances and root causes of sub optimal health. In doing so Nicole works with clients on their own personal health history, root causes and genetics to achieve long lasting, effective results, providing optimal health status.