Inner health clinic specialises in IBS and chronic exhaustive conditions including ME, CFS & Fibromyalgia.
I’m a functional medicine practitioner. Functional medicine looks at the person as a whole, rather than at a collection of symptoms, understanding how each body system is functioning, and finds ways to make any system function better. Functional medicine is a patient-centered, science-based health care approach that identifies and addresses underlying biochemical, physiological, environmental, and psychological factors in order to reverse the progression of disease and enhance vitality.
As an accredited Chrysalis Effect practitioner, Nutritional Therapist, Colonic Hydrotherapist, Phlebotomist and Well-Being Coach, I work with an amazing team of naturopthic practitioners to support clients naturally and holistically through often complex conditions to recover their well-being.
Prior to becoming a naturopathic functional medicine pracitioner I worked for large organisations. I was a buyer and marketing professional. Work life became very stressful, increased targets, staff cuts, there weren’t enough hours in the day. And to cut a long story short I became quite poorly. I took voluntary redundancy and decided to follow my true passion ‘nutrition therapy’.
I became fascinated with nutrition therapy after becoming very ill with a systemic candida infection in my late 20’s. I was diagnosed with 25% candida in my gut and advised to go on a strict anti-candida diet, no sugar, no yeast, no fermented foods, no dairy. For a self confessed sugar addict this was a tough protocol to follow, but I did as I was so unwell I would have done anything.
I also suffered ongoing with severe IBS from childhood, I was in and out of hospital, but nothing they did or prescribed worked for me. I later found out that a huge part of my IBS was in fact the candida. I used both colonic hydrotherapy and Nutrition therapy to treat this, and this is the reason why I later trained to become a naturopathic functional medicine practitioner and specialist in IBS.
I spent three years training to become a Nutritional Therapist with CNM the College of Naturopathic Medicine, with the aim of specialising in digestive and bowel related conditions. CNM is the UK’s largest training provider of a range of natural therapies. They’re also one of the few colleges recognised by BANT, the British association of applied nutrition and nutrition therapy and who I am registered with, as well as acting as their north west network coordinator. I’m also governed by the CNHC, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.
I have an extraordinary passion for nutrition, but fully appreciate that not everyone does, so it can be hard to make nutritional changes even though we know they’re in our best interest. With that in mind I treat each client individually, taking some clients through to good health with tiny baby steps whilst others integrating huge changes from the outset. It really does all depend on each individual and what the client is happy to do. Making some small changes is much better than not making any at all, and often these small changes can have a profound healing effect on the body. To be effective, healing must be individualised to the person, taking into consideration their personality, health status, insights, beliefs, past experiences and circumstances.
As a Nutritonal Therapist I specialise in the following:
- Digestive health
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)
- Arthritis and other joint and muscle related conditions
- Skin health
- Weight management
However, I’m happy to assist with any condition from diabetes to heart disease. As a nutrional therapist I’m trained to work alongside general practitioners and other professional practitioners to provide an integrated approach to health care.
I’m also a Colonic hydrotherapist. I trained with the well renowned Chi Centre for Practical Detoxification, governed by RICTAT, the International Register of Integrative Colonic Therapists and Trainers and approved by G-PACT, Global Professional Association for Colon Therapists; I-ACT, International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy and CMA, Complementary Medical Association. I chose the college due to its ethos, they believe that colon hydrotherapy is more that just a procedure and advocate a personalised and unique approach to each individual. They support the view that colon therapy is part of modern integrated medicine and are prepared to cooperate with doctors, other medical professionals and alternative medicine practitioners in order to help each individual achieve optimum health and longevity. Their motto, as an organization, is SALUS AEGROTI SUPREMA LEX. This is one of the crucial concepts of medical ethics, which means, in Latin, “patient’s health rules supreme”, i.e. that the practitioner should always act in the best interest of the patient.
As colon hydrotherapists we believe that achieving and maintaining the optimal digestive function is inseparable from emotional and mental health. We integrate colon hydrotherapy with other healing modalities in the best interest of our clients and patients, through our referral network of experienced practitioners.