In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Congress we have been introducing FHT members to our event speakers. Today we hear from Dr Ese Stacey about the impact of the gut and the environment on chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Tell us a bit of background about yourself…
I am a Sport and Exercise Medicine Specialist, which is basically a medical doctor who specialises in treating either sports people or working on teams or anything that relates to exercise and musculoskeletal health. I was also a lecturer in sports medicine at the Royal London Hospital. I love sport and competed as a heptathlete and also played rugby. Over the years though I became more and more interested in how the gut and toxins impacted on chronic ill health. This interest was largely stimulated by my 3 children. All three has some form of chronic illness that I, as a medical doctor, couldn’t get to the bottom of. It was only when I started to look at the gut did I begin to find answers. I then started to apply what I had discovered via my children to my patients and found that it was a hugely helpful approach. After a while, I began to ask the question, ‘why have so many people go a ‘bad’ gut?’. This question then led me to environmental and food borne toxins and this is largely where I am at right now. I offer an understanding of how toxins injure the body and the gut and how to deal with them and the gut to help the body to return to health.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I do an ice swim in the sea each morning that it isn’t raining. I like a challenge and I’m preparing to eventually do the Ice Mile which is to swim a mile in water at less than five degrees celcius, wearing just swim suit, hat and goggles.
What is your Virtual Congress seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with?
The Virtual Congress seminar is about the gut and toxins and how they affect chronic musculoskeletal condition. Viewers can expect to come away with perhaps a slightly different although intuitive way of seeing health. And an understanding of which toxins affect us and how, how the gut and body responds and what we can do about it.
What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
My topic appeals to me because it makes more sense to me than the traditional medical model that views the body rather like a car, where broken down parts are replaced. The body is not a car, it works as a whole, and if you affect one part is changes the other parts. An understanding of how we get from a toxin to arthritis or fibromyalgia will help therapists to understand chronic disease in their patients better.
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*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45