Dr Franziska Meuschel MD ND PhD
Driven by my own health issues from childhood I very early had to look at alternative ways to approaching allergies and chronic illness. I originally qualified as a Heilpraktiker in Germany (alternative state exam for non-medical practitioners) being trained in naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, kinesiology, homotoxicology etc before taking up the study of medicine at the Freie Universitaet, Berlin in 1993. I changed to the Albert Ludwigs Universitaet in Freiburg, where I finished my degree and my dissertation in 2000. Soon after finishing my studies and a short and passionate excurse into surgery, I turned back to my initial calling and since then worked exclusively in the field of complementary and alternative medicine, focusing on Environmental, Nutritional and Functional Medicine = Ecological Medicine.
In 2003 I moved to the UK where I started working at an Integrated Health Clinic in London and then also joined the British Society for Ecological Medicine, of which I became secretary in 2012. Since then, I have been told that I am one of the main drivers for growth and development of the society. In the same year, in 2012 I left employment and became independent with my own practice Dr Meuschel Ltd in London. I have always aimed to maintain a strong connection with the German speaking independent health sector and been active in networking across disciplines and across borders. As a result, I have been able to aid the introduction of micro-immunotherapy to the UK, organising teaching for the society and currently being the only certified teacher in the UK. More recently I have been training in Austria with the F.X. Mayr Society as over the last years my main focus has shifted from treating chronic illness more towards prevention and early intervention. Currently I am working with my new concept of Seasonal Medicine, a method based the principles of Salutogenesis and on the understanding that unlike genetic facts, the epigenetic expression of the individual can be adapted and optimised by modifying the environment.