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- What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science to alleviate health issues and promote optimum health. Please see about Nutritional Therapy for more information.
- What conditions can Nutritional Therapy support?
Nutritional Therapy can support a wide range of health issues such as weight loss, digestive issues (IBS, constipation), cardiovascular issues (high cholesterol, high blood pressure), female health issues (menopause, PCOS and fertility).
- What does a consultation entail?
A private consultation is focused very much on the individual, looking at your personal health history, lifestyle habits, and goals. Before your first consultation you will be required to complete a questionnaire and food diary. During your consultation I may ask further questions, depending on what you have included in your questionnaire. I will then explain how your current diet and lifestyle may be affecting your symptoms. Finally, we will agree on a nutritional programme to address your symptoms. You can learn more about what to expect from your consultation on the private consultations page.
- Where [dc1]are your clinics?[/dc1][dc2]is your clinic?[/dc2]
I have [dc1]clinics in Harley Street, the City of London, and Hertfordshire[/dc1][dc2]a private clinic in Sandycove, Dublin[/dc2]. I also offer remote consultations via my virtual consultation room or by telephone.
- What payment methods do you accept?
I accept cash or cheque. Alternatively, you may pay by bank transfer in advance of your consultation.
- Are your services covered by private health insurance?
Essential Nutrition is a recognised provider for Pru Health (provider number PRU3618982) and selected Health Cash Plan Companies such as Health Shield and Westfield Health.[/dc1]
- How many consultations will I need?
The number of consultations required depends on each client's individual health issues. My aim is to achieve long-term results as quickly as possible. Some clients require just one consultation. However, on average clients require two to three consultations over a three month period.
- Do you offer telephone or skype consultations?
Yes, I can offer remote consultations by telephone or via my virtual consultation room using Skype.
- Do you offer home visits?
Yes, home visits can be arranged. However, there may be an additional fee to cover travel expenses.
- Do you recommend supplements?
I always prioritise food over supplements. However, if this is not possible, or if results can be achieved faster, I may recommend supplements.
- Do you recommend diagnostic tests?
Often, I can identify factors that are contributing to my clients' symptoms by taking a detailed case history. However, in some circumstances testing may be recommended in order to develop a more targeted protocol.
- Will your programme be difficult to follow?
My programmes are tailored to my clients' lifestyles and dietary preferences, making them practical and achievable. I can also provide email and telephone support calculated at the same hourly rate pro-rata of my private consultation fee.
- 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. I ask my clients to include all their medications on the nutritional questionnaire so that I can ensure that my recommendations comply with their prescription medication.
- Is my personal information kept confidential?
Your personal information is kept strictly confidential. Where relevant, I may keep your GP informed about your programme. However, I will only do this with your permission.
- What is your cancellation policy?
I know that unexpected things happen, and that sometimes appointments need to be cancelled and rescheduled. However, I ask that you give me 48 hours' notice. Should you cancel or reschedule within 48 hours, the full fee will be payable.
- What is the difference between a Nutritional Therapist and a dietician?
A Nutritional Therapist uses the science of nutrition to alleviate health symptoms and to promote optimum health. [dc1]Nutritional Therapists work independently in private practice. Their professional body is the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT). [/dc1]Nutritional Therapists work with many common health issues and often work with patients, many of whom have been referred by medical practitioners, presenting with chronic health problems that conventional medicine finds difficult to treat. These include allergies, digestive and bowel disorders, hormonal imbalances, fatigue, depression or stress, auto-immune conditions, migraine and skin disorders.
A dietician uses the science of nutrition to devise eating plans for patients with various medical conditions. Dieticians work principally [dc1]in the National Health Service and are regulated by the Health Professions Council. Their professional body is the British Dietetic Association[/dc1][dc2]within the state sector[/dc2]. They may also specialise in the field of artificial nutrition support, work in the medical nutrition industry or in private practice.