What is Nutritional Therapy?
"The preservation of health is easier than the cure of the disease"
The Philosophy of 'modern day' Nutritional Therapy is rooted firmly in Naturopathic Medicine with it's six fundamental principles:
Vis medicatrix naturae, The healing Power of Nature
Primum non nocere, First do no harm
Tolle Causam, Find the cause
Docere, Doctor as teacher
Treat the whole person
These underlying principles allow us as therapists to analyse each individual clients case by finding the answers: What are the underlying causes of the symptoms? How is the body dealing with these symptoms? What interventions are needed to support self-healing? How can I educate my client to understand why they are ill or living with undiagnosed disease and sub-optimal health?
The British Association For Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine, BANT, defines Nutritional Therapy as the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual self-care.
As therapists we use a variety of tools including the one -on-one consultation process, with it's full medical history, diet and lifestyle analysis and naturopathic physical checks such as nail and tongue analysis to assess and identify nutritional imbalances and understand how they contribute to an individual's symptoms and health concerns.
We are all biochemically individual therefore there can be no 'one size fits all' approach. There are no quick fixes with pharmaceutical drugs, no miracle 'cures'. We are living longer now than ever before but we are 'sicker' than ever (with death from dementia, Alzheimer's and liver disease in males and females taking over death by stroke and lung cancer).
Allow me to create an individualised diet and lifestyle protocol for you, supporting body and mind and inspiring you to be the best version of you that you can be.
In good health,
Patricia Alexander-Bird, BSc, Dip NT, mBANT, CNHC.