Helen qualified as a Nutritional Therapist with the Plaskett College of Nutritional Therapy in 1996 and is a Registered Associate Naturopath.
Naturopathic Nutrition with Iridology Diagnosis – facilitating healing by working with nature’s principles.
Helen has been working as a Nutritional Therapist for 20 years, previously at Cotswold Health Centre in Stroud but now from home. Please ring for an appointment. Tel 01453 755483
Availability: Primarily Thursdays but sometimes Tuesdays as well
Prices: 1st consultation 1 ½ to 2 hours £80 (includes full case history, preliminary advice and telephone/email support)
Follow-up appointments 1 hour £45
Re-assessments 1 1/2 hours £60
Free 15 minute consultation to see if this is the right therapy for you.
Includes advising on food and lifestyles that allow the body to activate the natural healing processes present in all of us. Diagnosis is based on naturopathic principles which sees the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies working dynamically in harmony and balance. Where there is disease or pain there is usually one of more organs or systems out of balance. Restoring balance brings health.
Special Clinical Interests:
Digestive problems, supporting coeliac disease, chronic fatigue, stress, immune support, living well with cancer.
Training: Naturopathic Nutrition DN Med and Iridology D Iridol, with the Dr Lawrence Plaskett College of Nutritional Therapy. Registered Associate Naturopath.
Experience: over 20 years
Continued professional development training with Penny Brohn Cancer Care
Current Memberships: FNTP Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners, Naturopathic Nutrition Association and Member of the General Naturopathic Council
What to expect:
During the first consultation a long and detailed case history will be taken along with an iridology examination, then an initial programme for diet, supplement and lifestyle changes will be given. Usually this is followed up two weeks later with more specific advice. Some people will need to return for periodic sessions as the therapy changes while others may need only a few sessions. Sometimes people maybe asked to undergo laboratory tests to help with diagnosis and to monitor progress, and these are charged separately.
Helen trained as a Nutritional Therapist after recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome twenty years ago. She recovered by following nutritional advice and information initially from a health magazine article, then from more in depth research. The strict diet and supplements brought her energy back to normal after about 6 months. The experience taught her that what we eat can have a profound effect on our health, how we live our lives and that nutrition is a very powerful therapy. Helen’s interest in nutrition combines a science perspective as well as wholistic and naturopathic aspects of nutrition. She studied Naturopathic Nutrition with Dr Laurence Plaskett, a well respected chemist who had worked in the food industry but then widened his perspectives to apply naturopathic principles to health when a member of his family became ill. As a result of his experience he trained in nutrition and combined his scientific knowledge with the naturopathic principles in the college he founded.
Helen recently found out she is a coeliac and so now has personal experience of the challenges of living a gluten-free lifestyle! She can empathise with the need for restrictive diets and help with ideas and suggestions for living well with health problems.
Naturopathic nutrition works with the body’s natural healing processes to facilitate recovery to health of the whole body.
Helen has also been working with Nutritional Therapy at Penny Brohn Cancer Care (formerly the Bristol Cancer Help Centre) in Bristol since 2002. The Bristol Approach aims to support people with cancer while undergoing treatment, and to live well with cancer. For more information see Penny Brohn Cancer Care
Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy:
Good food and an appropriate diet for each individual is the foundation stone for health for everyone.
Over the last fifty years our diets have changed radically. New foods, processing techniques and agricultural practises have altered the quality of our food drastically. The soil the crops are grown in has deteriorated resulting in nutrient losses of up to a third. Processing further reduces the amount of nutrients producing poor quality foods. In our fast-paced, stressful world even if one eats the healthiest food available it is difficult to obtain all the nutrients one needs. This state of affairs has resulted in an increase in chronic disease throughout the ‘civilised’ world, to the extent that few people now feel healthy or have a sense of vitality.
Naturopathic theory and philosophy gives a framework to the practise of nutrition. Naturopathy’s long history, over hundreds of years of accumulated knowledge and wisdom allows us to evaluate the disease and health processes in the people we see and to see the appropriate way forward. In naturopathy everything is connected in the web of life so nothing happens without reason, whether it be healing or getting sick. This philosophical background underpins the advice given and includes, not just nutrition, but lifestyle factors and naturopathic techniques such as skin brushing and re-setting your breathing patterns.
Nutritional therapy provides the way to overcome health problems. It also gives you back control over your health. Nutritional medicine works with the natural healing ability of the body through diet, supplements and lifestyle modifications. It is a gentle safe therapy where the reward for following a nutritional programme can be a great improvement in quality of life. However food is also one of the joys of life and the consultation will look at how to prepare, cook and enjoy delicious food.
What is expected of clients: Making the decision to book an appointment is the easy part. Dietary changes can be difficult when it seems that many of the foods and drinks that are part of your everyday life, are identified as part of the problem. You may be required to reevaluate your shopping, cooking, eating habits and a lot more besides. You will almost certainly be asked to consider cutting out foods such as wheat, dairy, tea, coffee and alcohol for the duration of the therapy. Whilst this may seem hard, the benefits will be huge and worthwhile. At the same time you may discover new foods, tastes, textures and experiences that you would not have done otherwise. Therapy is always an adventure so look forward to the positive things will bring such as a revitalised life and more energy.
Helen is also a Reiki practitioner, qualified in levels 1,2, and 3 (Master). She offers Reiki treatments to people who request healing or stress relief.
Reiki is a safe, gentle, non-intrusive hands-on healing technique that uses spiritual energy to treat physical ailments without using pressure, manipulation or massage. However, it is much more than a physical therapy. It is a holistic system for balancing, healing, and harmonising all aspects of the person – body, mind, emotions and spirit. Reiki requires no diagnostic process, although the recipient may choose to inform the healer of their condition.
We all have a natural ability to heal ourselves or we would not be able to heal a cut to the finger. This healing energy, although very strong, is sometimes blocked and unable to restore health resulting in disease. All natural methods of healing work by helping and encouraging the body to heal itself by boosting the natural healing ability or removing the blocks. The time when most healing takes place is when we relax. Reiki boosts the body’s natural healing ability as the energy is channelled in through the healer. The resulting relaxation is an effect of the Reiki but it also aids the body’s healing ability.