"Our food should be our medicine, and our medicine should be our food." (Hippocrates)
Natural Nutrition sits somewhere between Nutritional Therapy and Naturopathy. The new buzz word is 'Functional Medicine' which uses elements of both, backed by allopathic screening, supplement prescriptions and interventions to correct perceived imbalance. We live in a material world and are conditioned to seek proof and measurable outcomes. This is the realm of medical science and it's reductionist approach. A perfect example is the menopause industry, which is based on a perceived ebb and lack of oestrogen. Equally the supplement industry which relies on the concept of lack. What if we looked at it differently? What if the body in it's wisdom is in a state of flux: working to maintain the ebb and flow; yin and yang; peak and trough of mineral and vitamin levels. From this viewpoint, a measurement is always going to be a snapshot in time.
We are conditioned to know our number (blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, etc). That knowledge is the answer. Except it It isn’t! It is this mindset that has led to the new kid on the block, Zoe, which, for me is a massive data haul and 'bespoke' supplementation. I would never consent to a biodata patch on my skin. It keeps the 'expert' in authority; and you - and your incredible body - in subservience to the science.
When I studied natural nutrition in 2008, we learned about the ‘push pull’ of the mineral levels in each cell, each organ and bodily system. Every cell and organ has it’s own circadian rhythm. Now that's smart! When we make space for the body to cleanse using internal hygiene techniques, the circadian rhythms are restored and the body can do what’s it’s designed to do - maintain homeostasis and the correct charge on the cell membranes to enable the push/pull. I learned about what is now being called quantum medicine, which is what homeopathy is, and where we’re going!
It all starts in the gut, or microbiome. Gut health is essential to overall health and immunity so a consultation will always begin with this, and specialist homeopathic remedies to help restore gut health. While supplements are often seen to be the modern day panacea, I do not rely heavily on them because absorbability is vital. If your body is clogged and stagnant, no amount of supplements will correct a problem, rather it will add to the malabsorption.
Furthermore, no amount of supplements will help restore a poor lifestyle. We need to get out into daylight daily, to enable our body's circadian rhythms to function. Every cell, organ and bodily system has it's own circadian rhythm - and how it maintains it's own cleansing, break down and regenerative processes. That is why insomnia and night shift work have such an impact on general health - it disables our body's body clock, and self-cleansing and healing processes. You can read more on how to restore natural sleep here [hyperlink to Sleepability page]
That's how intelligent the body is. Do you really think the answer's in a tub of high street supplements? Or via the latest app? Nah!
It's time to do it differently.
I studied at the College of Natural Nutrition with Barbara Wren, who healed herself of ME, using the philosophy and techniques she shared with students at college. I learned that the cornerstone of health is to help the body maintain it's internal hygiene, for which it needs space to create internal movement, at a bodily system, organ and cellular level.
Factors that prevent internal movement, and create stagnation, are lifestyle choices, medication, stimulants, recreational drugs, a diet heavy in sugar, processed foods, dehydration and unhelpful thoughts. We are designed to be omnivores and I am not a fan of exclusion diets. I believe a little of everything, is OK, despite societal trends. What is important is the quality of our food and its nutritional content, so opt for organic where you can.
A consultation will include naturopathic techniques to create space to enable your body to heal. These techniques are gentle and effective, and can be used by people at home with a little knowledge. This knowledge has simply been forgotten thanks to the huge marketing behind BigPharma, which has created the commercial medicine model which relies on repeat business. There is no money to be made from healthy people who know how to heal themselves. The latest silver bullet comes with a big price tag, in more ways than one.
It's time to do it differently.
Imagine that your body knows exactly what it's doing, that it works for you 24/7, 365 days per year. What if each acute illness, e.g. flu, coughs, colds, fevers, digestive problems, was symptomatic of an internal imbalance, that symptoms are the body's way of clearing toxic load, as opposed to being the problem itself. Childhood illness are developmental milestones, clearing the ancestral rucksack of inherited traits and weaknesses. Why would you not want to that to happen, to clear the blocks to better, improved health and immunity? Imagine, then, the message that conventional medication sends to the body: it not only ignores them but silences them - shooting the messenger. Repeated or long term medication sledgehammers it into silence, paving the way for chronic, underlying health conditions (which are actually unresolved acute episodes. The symptoms are the messenger - not the problem.
Each time this is repeated, the test tube fills up more, leaving less space for movement, acute episodes and a less full test tube. Repeat this over a lifetime, it is no wonder chronic or underlying health problems are the pandemic of our times.
After taking a case history, I will suggest gut health remedies, bespoke dietary changes, homeopathic remedies and, possibly, naturopathic techniques to help create that movement your body needs to achieve ease and wellbeing. I usually recommend a monthly consultation over 3 months to achieve and maintain change.
"Everything you eat either fights disease or feeds it. Choose wisely." (author unknown)
Contact me today and begin your journey to wellness.
Plan B Natural Health. Because Plan A doesn't always work.
I am based in Birchington, Kent. I consult in person, online and by phone. I prefer Teams or Skype. You will not need to download any software to join the call - just click the link and let's start talking.