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Andrew Johnson mAMH. mBANT. NTCC. CNHC. Herbalist & Nutritional Therapist

Nutritional Therapy

‘What is food for one man may be bitter poison to others’

- Lucretius, 1st century BC

As a Nutritional Therapist I always give food and nutritional advice, and other recommendations which can include identification of possible environmental toxins, allergens or food intolerances, guidance on natural detoxification, methods to support the digestive tract, absorption and the colon (bowel). Each person is a unique individual and therefore requires a personalized nutrition programme, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

 
My training and experience in Nutritional Therapy
I qualified with distinction from The College of Dietary Therapy in 1984 and have been in clinical practice since then. I combine the use of Nutritional Therapy with Herbalism. As a member of BANT (The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy) I work within the National Occupational Standards for Nutritional Therapy, and the BANT Code of Ethics. I carry full professional insurance and regularly attend CPD (Continuing Professional Development) seminars to keep up to date with the latest developments in NT.
As I qualified over twenty six years ago the additional CPD training I have done over this time has covered a wide and varied area, including many of the new developments in the use of Laboratory Testing Services, new forms of Kinesiology testing , and the role of nutrition in mental health, learning and behavioural problems, Bio-Typing and Metabolic Typing, and others.

The IFM (Institute of Functional Medicine)
One of the CPD trainings I have done is with the IFM. The official IFM description of this approach is as follows: Functional medicine emphasises a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function.
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professional’s how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5 day training course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™.
I attended and completed the AFMCP™-UK training in London in 2012.
For more information about the IFM approach have a look at their website: www.functionalmedicine.org

Although I also use traditional systems such as Ayurveda which are still very helpful today, many of the modern challenges we face today did not exist when these traditional systems were developed. I believe Nutritional Therapy and the IFM approach has become particularly important in part because of these many new challenges that have been created by the modern world. These new challenges relate to the environment and the adverse effects of modern practices upon soil, food, water and air, as well as lifestyle factors. They include nutritional deficiencies, food intolerance and allergy, along with new forms of toxicity and stress, digestive and other body system problems that may relate to food or nutrition.

If you wish to know more about Nutritional Therapy please click BANT website

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