Is my personal information kept confidential?
All consultations are strictly confidential. I follow a strict code of practice and confidentiality. Your information is held in accordance with BANT and NTOI rules. Where relevant we may keep your GP informed about your programme, however, only with your permission.
Is it safe to see a nutritional therapist if I am on prescription medication?
Yes qualified nutritional therapists are trained to identify drug-nutrient interactions. We will ensure that our recommendations comply with your prescription medication. Medication must not be stopped without prior consent from your doctor.
Nutritional therapy works very well alongside conventional medicine. We all need to eat every day and putting a healthy food plan in place will benefit your current health. With your permission, we can liaise with your doctor regarding your nutritional programme.
Who can benefit from Nutritional therapy?
Nutritional therapy is suitable for everyone, young and old, for those who would like to alleviate specific symptoms, manage a medical condition as well as those who would like to improve their overall health and well being. The therapist will explain what he believes may be causing your symptom as he will want to find the core of your problem.
Your diet can have a huge impact on your health. Nutritional therapy helps identify the foods that make you feel good.
What are registered Nutritional Therapists?
A nutritional therapist is qualified to provide tailored dietary and lifestyle advice for those who want to find safe, natural solutions to a specific health concern. During their 3.5 year course in medical and nutritional sciences, they also undertake clinical training as part of their qualification.
Properly qualified nutritional therapists are subject to the code of ethics and regulations of the Irish Association of Nutritional Therapy (IANT) or the Nutritional Therapists of Ireland (NTOI).
Registered Nutritional Therapists consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Registered Nutritional Therapists never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme provided.
Nutritional therapy is recognised as complementary medicine. The aim is to encourage the body’s natural healing mechanisms to support and help prevent disease, through the holistic application of nutritional science.
Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations are support to achieve
optimum energy levels,
healthy blood sugar balance,
emotional and psychological wellbeing,
optimum gastrointestinal health and
tolerance to a broad range of food groups.
Nutrition is a cornerstone of health and recovery. Many find that their wellbeing and recovery from all types of illnesses are improved when utilising an individualised approach to food selection.