Nutrition for cancer patients
Nutrition for Autoimmune Disease patients
I understand myself as a holistic practitioner and I take into account ALL the variables available to me which may affect your health and wellbeing, so you will find that my post-consultation handout will include recommendations not just on nutrition but also on many other aspects from your environment & lifestyle. I understand my work as complementary to traditional western (allopathic) medicine, and not as an alternative. I work alongside traditional medicine, and a consultation with me cannot be understood as a replacement for qualified medical advice. I explicitly ask my clients to continue any ongoing medical treatment and to keep to their medical appointments.
I spend a lot of time researching every patient's specific situation and looking into ways of supporting them/their conditions specifically. I like to see copies of blood tests where available as these again may help shed light on specific patterns of a person's make up, which organs and systems are under strain.
It is also necessary to investigate all individual supplement / nutrient recommendations for contraindications, interactions, side effects with a patient's existing drug protocol and medical history.
I also spend time looking into whether there is any new research that throws up new promising avenues. It can take 20 or more years from the time new research shows promise until an accredited medical or alternative therapy becomes available mainstream, which a patient may only then, and only if the funding is approved, hear about from their medical team. And frequently innovative research is preceded by word of mouth online, if we just know where to look. So to catch this information early, patients may benefit from research into innovative approaches, their suitability, availability, etc.
Other important aspects that need to be checked are drug-induced depletions, as even common drugs may result in reduced availability of particular nutrients. One such example is the depletion of CoQ10 (co-enzyme Q10) associated with the cholesterol-lowering drugs of the statin family, and in another good example the common diabetes drug metformin has been found to deplete vitamin B12.
Such depletions can often be of critical relevance to the patient's outcome. In the case of Statins, which are typically prescribed in heart disease, the depleted substrate CoQ10 is actually of great importance for the effective functioning of muscle cells (and the heart is a muscle), to the point wheresupplementation of CoQ10 alongside statin intake may be advisable (as always, do check with a trained health professional before starting any supplement).
And as to metformin prescribed in pre/diabetes - we know thatuncontrolled blood sugar levels are associated with an elevated risk of cognitive decline and dementia, we also know that vitamin B12 among other vitamins acts as a neuroprotective agent. So patients who take metformin might benefit from B12 supplementation. Unfortunately, the most commonly available form of B12 is also very poorly absorbed by a fairly large portion of the population, whilst another form is much better absorbed; knowing this you might choose to take a specific form of B12 to supplement alongside your metformin medication (do check with a trained health professional beforehand).
I like to visit clients in their own home for consultations, for a number of reasons, including the fact that I prefer to see their home setup with my own eyes. There are many aspects of our modern lives which can impact health but which we can forget to mention during a consultation, simply because to us they seem perfectly safe - aspects as trivial as the landscape in which you live, the type of personal care products & cleaning products you use, your cooking facilities, your bedroom/living room/home office setup, the foodstuff in your cupboards and fridge/freezer - all these and more I am keen to catch a glance of during a home visit. I live in Essex and have worked all over the UK and in various European countries; the advent of online video conferencing facilities such as skype and FaceTime are making travel less of a necessity.
Consultations typically take between 2-4 hours depending on the complexity of your situation and the detail into which you would like to enter. My very detailed pre-consultation form will provide me with much information, reducing the consultation time itself. Consultations can be scheduled on weekday daytime, weekday evenings, and a number of weekend daytime appointments are also available, these tend to book up a long time ahead. There is no extra charge for weekend consultations. If you think you are likely to need longer, a weekday daytime or a weekend daytime appointment would be a better choice.
Who should be present during the consultation? Where people suffer from a severe chronic or acute illness that is NOT shared by anyone else in their family, the consultation will be about that person only, but it may be advisable for their spouse/partner to be present for at least part of the consultation. For children consulting, at least one (where available, both) parents may need to be present during the entire consultation; age permitting, the child consulting needs to be present for the first part of the consultation then the child can but does not need to be present for the remainder of the consultation.
Skype & telephone consultations follow a similar pattern to face-to-face consultations. Skype permits a number of helpful visual clues from your environment which telephone consultations do not allow, so if you do have the facilities, Skype or a similar video calling service might be preferable.
Family consultations: It is useful to hold a family consultation - i.e. consult with several family members during the same consultation - when several or all of the occupants of a home are affected. When people share one home, they usually share many patterns which influence health, incl. eating patterns. Note that for consultations involving more than one member from the same household, everyone, including children, must have an individual preconsultation form filled in - Not because I like bureaucracy, but to comply with insurance & regulatory requirements.
Where supplements are provided or the patient requires testing which is booked through me to benefit from my practitioner discounts, these charges are in addition to my consultation fees and must be paid in advance and before any supplements or tests are ordered.
If you would like to book a consultation, please email me via my contact page to me with details of which days and times would work for you. I will then revert with possible dates for a consultation. My reply will also include a detailed pre-consultation form which you should fill in if possible before the consultation (it will save us time) - you can download a copy of it here. If there is enough time I would like to have this scanned and emailed to me, or a copy posted back to me in the mail, ahead of the consultation.