We believe that what you eat combined with where you live and how you think, drink, breathe, move, work and play underpin the expression of health or illness.
We believe that the genes that we inherit from our parents are important determinants of health and illness. However, we believe that many chronic illnesses that have been shown to have a genetic basis are mostly triggered by diet and lifestyle choices.
Already personalised healthcare is becoming possible for many people at risk of certain chronic illnesses based on understanding our genetic inheritance, diet and lifestyle. As genetic research continues to develop this field of preventative healthcare should expand.
Our approach to helping individuals towards a state of health is to:
• Identify their beliefs and attitudes about health
• Identify their health goals
• Identify through detailed consultation events in their life that might have contributed to a state of ill health or just feeling below par and not just what has occurred immediately prior to a health problem. This would include long term diet patterns, environmental exposures, emotional and physical stressors
• Explain and negotiate a way forward taking account of their view of the world and ability to implement and sustain diet and lifestyle changes
• Review and modify recommendations in context of their progress and preferences.
Our understanding of the scientific data and clinical experience also leads us to the conclusion that:
• Integrating skills that help clients to make sustainable change
is as important, if not more important, than nutritional recommendations
• Modifications to diet and lifestyle are the most important nutritional interventions;
• For several reasons, it is not easy for people to obtain all the nutrients they need for the best of health from food alone;
• Nutritional products can be supportive as an adjunct but not an alternative to a good diet;
• Nutritional products should be used with care and have the potential to cause harm if used inappropriately and out of context;
• Laboratory assessment is invaluable in understanding unique nutritional requirements and helps tailor individual nutritional programmes and provide a means of monitoring progress;
• Supporting critical day to day body processes is a better approach to promoting wellness than just managing symptoms or treating disease.
If you share our philosophy then you should find that studying with us is right for you.