Frequently Asked Questions:
●What is nutritional therapy?
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutritional science to the unique individuality of each person and their lifestyle in order to promote optimal health, prevent disease and alleviate a range of health concerns. Recommendations may include identification of potential environmental toxins and allergens, guidance on natural removal of toxins, and procedures to support digestion, absorption and colon health.
●How does a nutritional therapist /practitioner differ from a dietician or a nutritionist?
A nutritional therapist/practitioner works mainly in private practice, giving personal advice and support on health and diet on an individual basis. The professional bodies of which reputable nutritional therapists are members are the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC).
A dietician works principally within the NHS and gives advice to people with specific dietary conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Their professional body is the British Dietetic Association.
A nutritionist is not clinically trained to give direct health related advice to individuals. They often work in research or in the food industry and are qualified to provide information to the general public about food and healthy eating.
●What should I look for in a nutritional therapist/practitioner?
It is important to confirm that they are a member of BANT and CNHC which ensures that they have trained to National Occupation Standards, continue to train through monitored professional development programmes, and carry professional insurance.
●What does a consultation involve?
Prior to your consultation you will have completed a confidential questionnaire. The information that you provide will be discussed and will help to formulate your own unique, personalised dietary, lifestyle and nutritional supplement programme.
●How many consultations will be necessary?
This will vary according to your particular health concerns. Some people can make rapid progress in achieving their goals and others require more support. Considerable progress is often achieved with an initial consultation and two follow-up sessions.
(Please refer to Consultation Packages on the Consultation Types and Services Page)
●Will the recommended programme be difficult to follow?
Your programme will be totally realistic and negotiated to incorporate your needs and preferences. The guidance and support received will empower you to make informed decisions about diet and lifestyle changes in order to achieve optimal health.
●How much does it cost?
Please refer to Consultation Types and Services Page for the prices of the range of services offered.
●Are telephone consultations available?
A face to face initial consultation is essential. However it may be more convenient or appropriate to conduct subsequent consultations by phone. The consultation price remains the same, (Anne will phone you).
●Are home consultations available?
Home visits can be arranged if there is a mobility problem, although an additional fee may apply.
●Is nutritional therapy compatible with treatment I’m receiving from my General Practitioner/Specialist?
Nutritional therapy can work very effectively to complement conventional medical treatment. There is a lot of scientific evidence to show that a wide range of health issues can be improved by nutritional changes. In liaison with your General Practitioner/Specialist, (with your permission), the most effective nutritional programme will be formulated to ensure your best possible outcome.
●Will I need supplements?
Your programme will focus primarily on dietary enhancement. However if your health issues have arisen from long term nutrient deficiencies the best results may often be achieved by the inclusion of good quality specific food supplements and nutritional substrates, the formulation of which your body recognises. These are available in a variety of forms such as pills, capsules, liquids and food based powders, and your programme will be designed accordingly.
●Is it safe to take supplements while I’m on medication?
There may be an interaction between some supplements and specific medications which may vary in degree according to the individual. Details of your medication will be thoroughly researched to ensure your nutrition programme is safe and successful.
●What are cellular biochemical and functional analysis tests?
Cellular biochemistry investigations and functional analysis helps to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how your body functions, enabling a more targeted and individualised therapeutic protocol. Re-testing after your course of therapy is recommended to ensure the effectiveness of your protocol and to allow for continued adjustment of your maintenance protocol following your programme. The tests use a sample of, for example, blood, urine, saliva or hair and can sometimes be arranged through your General Practitioner. Other tests may have to be conducted by specialist private laboratories.
Some functional tests to support your individual programme may include:
- Nutrition Status Assessments
- Adrenal Stress Profile
- Allergy Testing IgE
- Coeliac screening including HLA gene screen
- Food Intolerance Testing IgG
- Digestive and Gut Function Assessments
- Parasitology Testing
- Microbial infections, Lyme’s disease
- Neurotransmitter functional assessments
- Health Risk Profiles
- Liver Function
- Cardiovascular Assessments
- Osteoporosis Profiles
- Anti-ageing profiles /Skin ageing profiles