Nutritional Therapy aims to prevent or alleviate a number of health conditions through dietary and lifestyle modifications. The phrase ‘You are what you eat’ does have basis in truth – our bodies utilise nutrients from food for growth, development, regeneration, immunity and so much more. This is why eating a diet that is both healthy, varied and right for you is so important. Most of us aim to eat a healthy diet but with the conflicting media messages it can be quiet hard to know what is healthy and what isn’t. A nutritional therapist can work with you to provide an individual programme that will suit your tastes and lifestyle and promote optimum health.
The variety of conditions which can be helped by nutritional therapy are too many to list but includes problems associated with almost all the body systems. It does not matter if the condition is recent or one that you have had for a long time, nutritional therapy could be used for change. Please contact the practice to discuss your condition with a view to suitability for treatment.
The consultation process starts with the completion of an in-depth questionnaire that details your symptoms, medical history, lifestyle habits and diet. The first consultation lasts just over an hour and involves a thorough investigation of your health concerns resulting in appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes that are tailored to you. The consultation may also pin-point the need for nutritional supplements and possibly further functional laboratory tests indicated to support your health. Any follow-up consultations are forty five minutes and take into account any feedback from tests or changes that have been implemented.
Training & Professional Regulation
Nutritional therapists must meet and maintain National Occupational Standards for Nutritional Therapy and be members of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).
Sophie is also registered on the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which was set up by the government to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. The CNHC register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), an independent government-appointed body. This means CNHC has met the PSA’s demanding standards.
What does the CNHC do?
- Keeps a register of practitioners who meet national standards of practice in their work
- Sets the standards that practitioners need to meet to get onto and then stay on the register
- Requires registered practitioners to keep to its Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
- Investigates complaints about alleged breaches of the code
Links to other useful sites
Institute for Optimum Nutrition – Promoting Nutrition for Optimum Health
Institute for Functional Medicine – Changing the way we do medicine and the medicine we do
Sophie has been building on her 2 year postgraduate Functional Medicine course, completed last September, by attending a two and a half day advanced practice module – Restoring Gastrointestinal Equilibrium: Practical Applications for Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Gut Dysfunction.
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease and aims to engage both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.
This module was designed to provide therapists with practical tools and knowledge to improve and restore optimal gastrointestinal function using individualised applications of dietary, lifestyle and nutritional support.
The speakers are highly respected in their fields in the USA:
• Liz Lipski, PHD, CCN, CHN, is board certified in Clinical Nutrition and Holistic Nutrition. She is the director of Doctoral Studies and Education director at Hawthorne University. Liz is also on the faculty of Saybrook University, The Institute for Functional Medicine and the Autism Research Institute. She is the author of Digestive Wellness and Digestive Wellness for children.
• Gerard Mullen, MD, MS, CNSP is medically trained and specializes in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He has held the posts of program director of Gastroenterology, Director of Nutrition Support, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Associate Professor of Medicine. He’s won numerous awards and his peers have recognized him as being one of “America’s Top Physicians – 2004-2006”
• Patrick Hanaway, MD, is a board certified family physician, integrative holistic physician and was Chief Medical Officer for Genova Diagnostics, until he took on his new role at the IFM.