I feel ill, but I don’t know what’s wrong, can you help?
I believe if you feel ill, there is a reason, let’s work out what it is and try to resolve it.
Common symptoms like fatigue, constipation, anxiety, brain fog, headaches and joint pain for example, can have multiple causes. Sometimes the problem is a bad diet that has resulted in nutrient deficiencies, perhaps you have picked up a parasite that is disturbing the gastrointestinal tract, you may have been bitten by something that has transmitted an infection or you’ve been under so much stress that your immune system is run down. You might have experienced all of these situations and more, or something completely different, but they often result in symptoms and potentially full blown diseases.
As Dr Tom O’Bryan says, ‘let’s have a look back up the river to find where the problem started before you fall over the waterfall’. If you just treat a symptom, you aren’t dealing with the bigger picture and ultimately it doesn’t improve your health.
Once a cause or causes has been established using functional tests and understanding signs and symptoms we can set to work to remedy these issues using nutritional medicine in an individualised approach to get you feeling better.
I think I have Lyme disease, can you help?
Yes. If you think you have Lyme disease I can run Elispot tests through Armin laboratories to find out. These are the most sensitive and specific tests for Lyme and co-infections. Depending on the results coupled with the clinical picture and your medical history, I will then devise a plan for treatment. As a nutritional therapist I use diet, nutrients, herbs and lifestyle changes in a multi-system approach to address the infectious burden and enhance your own body’s powerful healing capability. It is my opinion that infections like Lyme disease cannot be completely eradicated, but I have seen in my patients that with the right treatment their body can return to health and can function well as long as the person continues to look after themselves.
Do I need to come in to a clinic and have a consultation with you?
If you can’t see me face to face, I can speak to you over the phone or on skype if you prefer.
Can you take blood tests?
I am not a phlebotomist, but I use various laboratories in London that can take your blood and process the test. If you can’t get to the laboratory, depending on the test, it is often possible to send you the test kit and you can use a phlebotomist locally to you. Many tests I use don’t even need blood and in this instance you’ll be sent the kit for your sample, either stool, urine or saliva and then you send them back to the laboratory.
Is Nutritional medicine against orthodox medicine?
Not at all, it just takes a different approach i.e. rather than treating a symptom with medication it looks for the cause of the symptom and uses natural therapies to remedy it. As Dr Stephen Davies rightly says ‘Nutritional medicine is not “alternative” or “unorthodox”. It embraces all”orthodox” medicine and places it in the context of the “nutrition-gene-environment” triad, and refines it with the clear aim of improving quality of patient care, and reduce the dependency of prescribing pharmaceutical drugs (Pharmacodox Medicine). It is a very exciting approach, because it gives rise to therapeutic interventions that cause many clinical conditions to improve or resolve that had hitherto been resistant to the Pharmacodox approach.’
Will you collaborate with my doctor?
Yes absolutely, I am very happy when a patient’s doctor wants to collaborate and any other health practitioner that you wish to work with. I also have several doctors and other professionals that I may refer you to should you need it.
What is the best diet?
Most nutrition experts will agree on certain points of what makes the best diet, such as low in added sugar, high in vegetables, avoid trans fats and eat unprocessed fresh food as much as possible. On other points experts differ greatly, for example, some suggest avoiding all animal protein whilst others think animal products are very important for health. Some advise avoiding fats whilst others believe a high fat diet is absolutely essential. I would say that the best diet is the one that is best for you. Everyone has slightly different needs and therefore their diet should be different. I use bespoke diets for each patient determined by what they require at that point in time and it changes throughout the course of the treatment dependent on their progress. My ultimate aim is to help people learn what diet keeps them in the best physical and mental health possible.
What is expected of the patients?
I work hard for my patients to get them well and I expect them to make a good effort to implement the programme of treatment I suggest. Using nutrition and lifestyle changes to get well is not a quick fix, but rather a way of life. Individuals who are looking for a quick fix, or are not willing to follow through long-term, will not have good results. This approach is not suited for people who are ambivalent about making health a priority in their lives. However, some patients due to chronic fatigue or pain for example may find some of the thing required difficult, but I always take this into consideration and I work at their pace and find ways for them to make changes that they can manage. You will benefit from my programs if you are willing to try new ideas, and put in the effort it takes to make lasting changes.
What results can I expect from nutritional therapy?
Although it is hard to predict what you may achieve, past patients have accomplished one or more of the following.
- Feel and look better
- Improved immunity
- Better gut health
- Enhanced detoxification
- Deeper and more restful sleep
- Improved mental health
- Balanced hormones.
- Increased energy and vitality
- Develop new lifelong habits that may reduce their risk of developing degenerative diseases
- Reach weight goals
- Enjoy a healthy and confident relationship with food