What is nutritional therapy?

Nutritional therapy uses the healing power of foods to allow the body and mind to restore and maintain health.
 

Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle and other factors

A nutritional therapist will use a patient centred approach, recognising that every person is different, hence treating each client individually and developing a nutritional programme that is completely unique to each client.

A nutritional therapist will work to restore and support the inherent healing power of your own body. He/she will do so by following the traditional principles of naturopathic nutrition.

Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle and other factors. A naturopathic practitioner will treat the whole person, taking all of these factors into account, as all of them play an important part in the state of your health and wellbeing.

A naturopathic nutritionist is trained to find and address the underlying cause of a disease, rather than focusing on the palliation of symptoms (which only results in temporary health improvements).

A principal objective of naturopathic nutrition is to educate the patient and emphasise self-responsibility for health.

A naturopathic practitioner will strive to increase the patient’s level of ‘wellness’, regardless of the level of physical health or disease. Wellness is defined as a state of health characterised by a positive emotional state.

Naturopathy versus allopathy (conventional medicine):

Let’s take infection as an example. The allopathic approach focuses on the infectious agent. This approach started in 19th century, with Louis Pasteur’s germ theory. This theory held that different diseases are caused by different infectious organisms.
 

“If you had a flooded bathroom, would you start mopping up the floor (allopathic approach), or would you switch off the tap first (naturopathic approach)?”

Pasteur’s life was dedicated to finding substances that would kill the infecting organism. However, Pasteur’s colleague, another 19th century scientist, Claude Bernard, had a different view of health and disease: “The state of a person’s internal environment (terrain) is much more important in determining disease than the infecting organism. We should focus more on making this environment the most inhospitable place for disease to flourish.”

On his death bed, Pasteur said: “Bernard was right. The pathogen is nothing. The terrain is everything.” However, modern medicine focuses on Pasteur’s theory, largely ignoring the importance of the ‘terrain’.

Or to put it another way: If you had a flooded bathroom, would you start mopping up the floor (allopathic approach) or would you switch off the tap (naturopathic approach) first?

How can nutritional therapy help me?

Nutritional therapy has been found to help all of these health conditions:

Asthma
Atopic Dermatitis, Acne, Psoriasis

Thyroid Problems, Hashimoto’s
Low energy, Fatigue, Tiredness

Digestive Problems, Crohn’s, UC
Coeliac Disease

Food Allergy & Intolerances
Stress

Weight Management
Cancer

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia

Diabetes Types I and II
Detoxification

Female Hormonal Imbalances:
PCOS, PMT, Endometriosis
Infertility, Pre-conception & Pregnancy

Menopause
Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol

Eating Disorders
Migraine

Joint Health & Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
Parasitic & Fungal Infections

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