My name is Steve Hawes, and like many of you reading this, for years I’d also once been plagued by a number of health issues which had a major negative impact on my quality of life.
Steve Jobs, one of the greatest minds of the last century once said, “You can’t connect the dots going forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future”. This is a perfect metaphor for my own story that brought me to this point in my life. I now get to do what I have a passion for – helping others achieve better levels of health and wellness.
When I think about my own dots, going back, the signs were all there. All the symptoms I’d been suffering with were my bodies way of telling me that something wasn’t right.
Of course back then, my conditioned mindset, like the majority the world’s population, was that when you are ill or suffering with poor health, you visit you GP or MD. This doctor then tells you what he presumes is wrong with you, and prescribes you some form of medication which supposedly fixes the issue.
For years I’d trusted this conventional allopathic medical model. Anytime I was sick, I would take the word of the doctor along with any medication that was recommended with no questions asked.
My years of suffering included symptoms resulting in anxiety, panic attacks, depression, gut issues, fatigue, mood issues, weight loss, weight gain, sleep problems, and allergic reactions to foods & supplements of kinds. I wasn’t able to eat the foods that everyone else seemed to enjoy on a regular basis. I felt my life was over.
I kept going back to my doctor and each time hoping for answers. The best he could come up with is that I was anxious and depressed, and that nothing else was wrong with me. Out came the prescription for more anti-depressants, beta blockers, and various other antibiotics and steroid drugs and then was sent on my way.
I’d always thought that I’d lived a “healthy life”, despite my wild late teens and early 20’s partying & being exposed to recreational drugs. I’d trained in the gym a minimum of 5 days a week since I was 15. Ate what I classed as a healthy, clean, nutrient dense diet, as it went hand in hand with the type of bodybuilding training I did. Yet, despite all of this I ended up in a very poor state of health.
“I recall very vividly the memory where it all changed for me. I was laying on my lounge floor in front my family, crying my eyes out as I did not know what was wrong with me.”
Now at a very healthy 39, I can look back. I recall very vividly the memory where it all changed for me. I was laying on my lounge floor in front my family, crying my eyes out as I did not know what was wrong with me. I knew it was more than just anxiety & depression.
I’d always walked around 6’1” tall, 220 pounds, with a muscular build, and hovered around 10% body fat. The illness had reduced me down to a gaunt, fatigued, anxious, depressed, 165lb shadow of my former self. I had also developed severe digestive issues, and just didn’t feel myself at all.
I sat up until the early hours of the morning, every night for months on end, obsessively trawling the internet for answers . I’d already self diagnosed myself with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stomach ulcers, thanks to Web MD! Just when I thought I had a breakthrough, I’d find another article or study that would contradict the last one I’d read. I was so confused, and didn’t know where to turn, but I didn’t give up.
After some time i finally came to my senses and made the decision that I wasn’t qualified to self treat, as all the information I’d tried to date based on what I’d read on the internet, had either made me worse or hadn’t moved me any closer to health.
I finally decided to bite the bullet, and pay to consult with someone experienced in the natural healing world.
I searched around & found a Functional Medicine Practitioner who really listened and understood what I was going through. This was so refreshing and just what I needed. Up until that point, for the last few years, my family just didn’t understand what was going on. More than likely, they thought I was some kind of hypochondriac. I had felt so lonely for years, dealing with this state of health on my own.
Working with someone who was not only skilled and experienced in natural healing, but also fully understood me and my condition was the life line I had desperately needed. He himself had suffered for years with IBS, chronic fatigue and gut infections before going on to completely reverse all his health problems. His own experience, like mine lead him to eventually go on to study & practice functional medicine professionally,
After a very in-depth consultation, we started out by running a number of comprehensive functional lab tests on myself.
When the results came back, they showed I had multiple different infections, an overgrowth of candida, almost non existent beneficial flora, compromised immune function, systemic inflammation & inefficient digestion. And as if that wasn’t enough, I also had adrenal & HPA axis dysfunction, and my liver was struggling as a result.
This is madnes! How did I get in such a mess?!
Proud and certain of the good find, I took all of the private lab tests I’d had done to my GP and handed the pages of lab results to him hoping that this would be the answer we had all been waiting for. He sheepishly flicked through the pages, then put the papers back on the table, slid them back to me and said “I’d just leave it if I were you”…
I was speechless and furious! I stormed out of the doctors office and it was at this point that I lost all faith in the conventional medicine model. I’ve not been to see a doctor in 10 years now.
After putting in the hard work together with the support of the practitioner over a number of months, I slowly started to regain my health back. After 6 months when we retested, huge improvements were made from the very first set of tests. Within 9 months i had my full health restored after years of suffering.
This experience led me to choosing this path professionally & really got me thinking about why this occurs, and how the internal environment & biological terrain allows this to happen.
Fast forward 10 years and a BSc in Biochemistry & Nutrition later; I went on to study Nutritional Therapy, Functional Medicine & Naturopathy; learning from some of the worlds best FMD’s & ND’s specialising in the gastrointestinal system, adrenal & sex hormones. In addition to these skills I had acquired; because of my background in biochemistry; I had also developed an advanced understanding of the unique relationship between nutrient minerals using Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, or HTMA as it’s also known which I use as another data point. This arsenal of tools gives me an extremely well-rounded skill set to uncover the underlying causes of people’s health challenges. I’m now helping people from all over the world, who were like me, to claim their lives back by restoring their functional wellness from the ground up.
The typical range of heath conditions that I tackle weekly with clients are fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmunity, allergies, sleep issues, digestive problems, systemic infections such as Lyme, Invasive Candida, SIBO, & pathogenic bacteria, adrenal & thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances, anxiety & depression, heavy metal toxicity including Mercury, Copper & Iron to name just a few. I’m also work with parents who have children with ADHD & ADD make remarkable life changing improvements in their condition & progression, which as a father or 2 is hugely rewarding.
The very unique experiences I had been exposed to laid the foundation, allowing me to take things a step further & expand on my background in Metabolic Biochemistry & Nutrition. I was eager to dig even deeper to truly understand, on an advanced level, how to create the optimal internal environment using functional medicine & nutritional therapy.
On top of my passion for health and wellness, (especially on the biochemistry & nutritional side) I’d always had a fascination with biomechanics, and the muscular system. This was due to years of extensive knowledge and experience in weight training. This is where I truly saw how the body is a compensating, adapting organism.
When a muscle in the body gets exposed to an increase in workload, force or torque; like lifting a weight in a gym; it creates a stress response in the body, and is forced to adapt, or pull in other stronger surrounding muscles to get the job done. The body then has to make very subtle biochemical & physiological adjustments to not only regenerate and repair the damaged muscle fibres, but adapt to rebuild new tissue, and grow back stronger as a protective mechanism.
When a muscle is overloaded, the body creates another protective mechanism by temporarily restricting its range of motion (ROM) which restricts its power output. Think of it like a trip switch on the fuse box of a house. This then means other muscles have to step in and do the job of the restricted muscle to help maintain function and protect the joints.
“It’s only when we restore the function of the body systems, or kinetic chain in this case, that the body functions optimally.”
The issue with this is that it creates weak links in the kinetic chain, and is a recipe for pain, dysfunction & serious injury. It’s only when we restore the function of the body systems, or kinetic chain in this case, that the body functions optimally.
This process bolstered the development of my unique approach in improving people’s health through nutrition, nutraceuticals, botanicals & orthomolecular therapy. In other words, treating with specific combinations of vitamins, minerals & nutrients.
The internal body systems are no different to the muscular system. Whatever the weak links, the body has to make adaptions and compensations in order to prioritise its most important functions to survive. It does whatever it takes in an attempt to bring the body back as close to homeostasis as possible; even if it causes destruction. It will create nutritional deficiencies to protect the body, much like the example I gave above in the ROM of the muscle being restricted, like a trip switch.
With all the knowledge & experience I’ve gained on all the subjects I’ve just talked about, I’ve developed a very smart, precise way of working so that we can slowly turn back on all the switches that have tripped out in the body over time, that relate to your health challenges.
I look forward to working with you. I desire that every person I work with will feel as free and healthy as I feel now. I am blessed to be fully functioning and am thankful to be present, available and a healthy father to my two wonderful kids.