What is Naturopathic Nutrition?

To quote from the Naturopathic Nutrition Association website:

“Naturopathic nutrition is an holistic therapy that sees everyone as an individual, taking into account the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the whole person when assessing health problems and seeks to address imbalances in the body. 

By creating the most favourable conditions to stimulate and enhance the body’s natural healing power through diet, lifestyle and possibly supplementation, a naturopathic nutrition practitioner can help people with a range of health problems. 

Naturopathic practitioners aim to seek out and advise on ways to remove or reduce the cause of disease, rather than simply suppressing the symptoms". 

See www.nna-uk.com for further details.

For more information about Naturopathic Nutrition please visit The College of Naturopathic Medicine:

http://www.naturopathy-uk.com/

Not all Nutritional Therapists are the same...

Before going to see a Nutritional Therapist, it is always a good idea to check where they have graduated from and that they have gained their qualification from a reputable study centre.  Anyone who has graduated from an accredited course will be open about displaying these details on their website.

I have noticed that there are now some 'online courses' springing up which are offering a Nutritional Therapy qualification for online study hours, instead of a 3 year classroom-based course.

Whilst I am not disputing that these online courses may offer students some good material, they do not offer them the opportunity for practical, hands-on clinical experience, or personal interaction with other students to share ideas with. 

Despite this, students can graduate with an identically-sounding qualification to those who have been clinically trained and evaluated by a qualified instructor as I myself was.  Some of these Courses can even be completed in a matter of weeks - or even weekends - of study only. 

This is something I find very concerning when I think that some of these 'graduates' will be dealing with people's health issues when they have barely undertaken any Clinical training whatsoever.

When I studied at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London, we were required to undertake 200 Clinic hours - one of the highest amount required of any study centre.

This was spent both observing qualified and experienced Nutritional Therapists, fellow students, and also working directly with our own Clients in custom-built Clinic rooms under strict supervision and scrutiny from college lecturers via a live camera link.

At the College of Naturopathic Medicine, we were required to submit a minimum of 5 case/client studies which contributed towards the final grade.

I personally found this in-depth training invaluable in preparing me for dealing with a wide variety of health conditions and in developing the appropriate and professional approach needed within the Clinic environment.

I feel that this practical hands on experience is essential in order to ensure that students are fully competent upon graduating and feel confident in dealing with members of the general public.

In addition to these case studies, we were also encouraged to start practicing self-evaluation which I continue to do with every Client that I see.  This ensures that I am always striving to improve my personal skills and knowledge and the professional and dedicated service which I offer to my Clients.

It does concern me that there are some Therapists who are qualifying with no clinical training whatsoever...this training is an integral part of being able to foster Client confidence and peace of mind.

When I was a Patient myself going to see a Nutritional Therapist, it was essential for me that the Professional I had chosen to consult had undergone sufficient practical training and evaluation - which is something that I am pleased to be able to offer my Cients today.