We only stock the highest quality practitioner only brands, whose formulas reflect the latest research and correspond with the most bio-available forms of nutrients, which have undergone stringent quality testing.
Nutritional medicine corrects deficiencies and prevents disease
It is now recognised that this view is too simplistic, and we need to go beyond recommended daily intakes to restore optimum health and as part of an evidence-based approach to treating specific conditions. As we gain a greater understanding of our unique genetic blueprints, it is now understood that some people require greater amounts of nutrients than others for health. Take, for example, the widely discussed MTHFR gene that demands a greater amount of readily utilisable folate for those who carry this genetic polymorphism.
Vitamin, Mineral and Nutrient Therapies
We utilise various vitamin, mineral and nutrient therapies to both correct and treat various conditions. This can be in the form of diet recommendations and supplements. Many clients are pleasantly surprised to learn how much research has been carried out highlighting the safety, effectiveness and benefits of various nutritional supplements.
For example, the commonly prescribed Naturopathic supplement N-acetylcysteine (NAC – one of my favourites) has many dozens of well conducted trials showing its benefit in treating an array of health conditions.
A 2015 systematic review in psychiatry and neurology stated “In this systematic review we find favorable evidence for the use of NAC in several psychiatric and neurological disorders, particularly autism, Alzheimer’s disease, cocaine and cannabis addiction, bipolar disorder, depression, trichotillomania, nail biting, skin picking, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, drug-induced neuropathy and progressive myoclonic epilepsy. “
While all of our Naturopath’s prescribe nutritional supplements, we also create individually compounded nutritional supplements (combining individual ingredients for your specific needs).
Food as medicine
All of our Naturopaths proscribe to the time honoured tradition of “Food as Medicine”. Our dietary recommendations are individually tailored as we recognise that eating is social, cultural and emotional, as well as for health. We often have to fit cooking and eating around a busy lifestyle and consider other family members. So while we believe that diet is the foundation for good health, we won’t offer a one-size-fits-all approach. We also adhere to the adage of food as medicine, and believe specific dietary inclusions can be very successful as part of a treatment protocol.
Fasting has become a hot topic in recent times. Craig, in particular, has spent much time attending seminars and undertaking extensive education to understand the science of fasting and advise how to get the best out of the various fasting methods (from overnight fasting to intermittent to longer forms). This is always individualised, as there is not a one size fits all fasting approach. Fasting is not suitable for everyone nor appropriate depending on your health and condition.
Once again we tailor this to you and encourage you to take this on as much as you desire. We also highlight areas that are most important, dependent on your health priorities. For a woman with a strong cancer history in her family, we can advise about preferable cosmetics and natural cleaning products to reduce the chemical and xeno-oestrogen load. As part of an overall treatment plan, we may similarly make recommendations for a woman undertaking a preconception plan. We know that most clients are informed about their health, and know that exercise is necessary but may need the added incentive of understanding what type of exercise is best for their unique health needs.
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