We went to Barbados and the holiday passed in a flash; the cricket was great, the tennis brilliant and the beaches heavenly but I knew deep down that something was not right. Two counsellors had passed me mentally fit in previous years, one actually advised that it might be worth going deeper to find out if there was anything wrong physically.
After landing back in the UK, I made the decision to contact you and find out more about your services. The rest, as they say, is history.
The MOT consultation was brilliant. You gave me 90 minutes to talk about my life, any family illnesses and any significant events that could have triggered anxiety and depression. You asked all the questions in a relaxed calm manner.
From my answers, you suggested a highly scientific stools test to establish the health of my gut, percentage of good bacteria against the percentage of bad bacteria.
The results came back and it soon became apparent that my anxiety and depression may not have been that at all, but in actual fact a consequence of my unhealthy gut. On your advice, I started a course of probiotics and since then, I have been symptom free. I have a clean bill of health.
I cannot thank you enough for your hard work, expertise and guidance in establishing that my mental health problems were as a result of my poor gut health. I read so much on it before but was always guided by your posts on your FB page. Going forward, I hope that I can challenge myself more without the worry of going into another anxiety meltdown.
In actual fact, I accomplished one challenge last month. I completed the Eastbourne Half Marathon in under two hours. This is something that I thought would never be possible before I met you.
Once again, thank you for everything you’ve done. I feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
I had been diagnosed with Salicylate Intolerance by a Consultant after 4 years of Intermittent antibiotics and steroids treatment that had been prescribed by my local GP but had not eased my symptoms of extreme breathlessness and coughing.
I was receiving high doses of steroid injections in a private hospital to calm my symptoms when my Aunty told me that Kate who had helped her.
I was only able to eat plain rice, peas, chicken, tuna and a few other plain food with barely any fruit of veg. I was at my wits end, very poorly, unable to sleep laying down, too breathless to walk upstairs and had lost all hope of ever feeling well or being able to eat a normal and varied diet as I previously had done for years.
After a tearful Skype consultation with Kate, I was reassured that she could help.
Kate prescribed several tests and I was found to have lactose intolerance, high level of unpleasant bad gut bacteria and no sufficient good bacteria to fight back with.
Within a matter of months and having taken the vitamins etc that Kate had prescribed, I was finally able to introduce a tomato, oranges, broccoli, spices, herbs and all the other foods that I had not eaten for over a year.
Meeting Kate literally changed my life.
Despite so many visits to experts/consultants and GP’s who would in turn supply me with yet more steroids, (I put on 3 stone, which I’ve mostly now lost) Kate was the first person to actually listen to me, examine all my test results in detail, treat me accordingly and eventually get me back to my normality.
I feel I have more energy now, some days not but it’s far better than it was, the pain is also less frequent. I can’t believe I have managed to stay off medication and not end up in hospital. When I first came to see you I didn’t think I could cope without going on the medication (previous times when I have flared I always end up ion hospital) and am so pleased to still be off it.
So a huge thank you . Let’s hope I continue to stay at this level or improve more over the months.
Liz, East Sussex
Ali, East Sussex
I hope you are well. I just wanted to update you and say a massive thank you as it seems that we (well you!) may have finally found the answer to my health issues.
I asked my GP to refer me to the local infectious diseases department, which she was happy to do, so that they could treat the parasite that showed up on my stool test. The doctor that I saw said that they don’t usually treat it, as there is some doubt as to whether it is pathogenic or not. She did say however that she was happy to give me antibiotics, as it was possible that I had contracted something else at the same time that hadn’t shown up in the tests.
I took the antibiotics – I have forgotten which ones now, but if you would like to know I can find out – about two months ago and the difference has been remarkable. I no longer have the episodes of muscle aches and weakness, I have a lot more energy and my digestive issues have gone too. It has been truly life changing; for the first time in ten years I feel ‘normal’ and back to how I used to be. I did go to Cambodia and other places in Asia around ten years ago, which looking back was when my symptoms started. I had an episode of vomiting while there and when I returned it took some time before my stomach seemed a bit better, although I had mild symptoms ever since. I cannot say for certain what it was, but perhaps the parasite or some thing else…the stool tests that I had done with the NHS didn’t show up anything, even before the treatment, but perhaps aren’t as sensitive as the ones you ordered.
I can’t thank you enough for returning me to good health. I have recommended you to everyone I know with health issues!
Katherine P, Mansfield
A. CT. Sussex
Sally, East Sussex
Chris, East Sussex
That is when I met Kate.
She immediately diagnosed several problems which she thought may be causing my symptoms. She organised a round of various tests – all of which proved positive. Even though the results weren’t good, I was so pleased that at last I had found someone who had the answers and the treatment. I have now been having treatment for eight months. I have recently told Kate that I think that I’m about 80% better than when I first met her. My problems were so complex but gradually she unravelled them. I obviously still have a way to go but I shall follow her good advice and will become even better. The symptoms that I had made me feel so ill. I was totally exhausted, in so much pain and my general health was deteriorating. I spent hours researching on Google to find answers. The G.P. whose practice I had been with for 14 years was so fed up with me arriving with yet another new symptom – on the last occasion that I saw him he became quite cross telling me that I had become an ‘internet trawler’ reading symptoms and ‘imagining’ that I had various illnesses. He told me to accept my condition and learn to live with it. I was so angry – I told him that I had neither the time nor the energy to waste doing that! But that I was searching for answers. I returned home feeling hopeless and helpless. For two weeks I felt totally depressed, I then decided that he just hadn’t got a clue and I needed to continue searching.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the doctor who referred me to Kate, and to Kate. I think that she is the most amazing woman. So knowledgeable, so supportive. A brilliant lady! She has turned my life around.
Thank you Kate!
Christine, East Sussex
Alison W, East Sussex
I realise that I still have a lot to do but i also realise that I reached the tipping point on 1 Dec and now is the time to change for good.
Thanks for your continued advice and support, as I said it really is life changing.
Just wanted to send you a quick email to wish you a Happy Christmas and thank you for your support this year. Hard to believe that this time last year, I was barely eating and about to leave the office for 6 weeks due to anxiety! I’m in a considerably better position, both in terms of diet and also my mental state, and you were instrumental to these improvements. I’m pretty much eating whatever I want, although I’m still avoiding sugar and not drinking much alcohol at all (which isn’t a bad thing) – this seems to keep the SIBO under control. I’m also back up to weight – I’ve gained over 1.5 stone since I first saw you. So all in all, a marked improvement!
I hope you are well.
I just read your Facebook post about slimming clubs and thought that I’d let you know how I’m doing with my weight and fitness, in response to seeing this.
I have lost about 3.5 pounds since I last saw you and am very much hoping to slowly continue with the weight loss.
More importantly I continue to exercise about 5 times a week and am now running for 25 mins, 3 times a week. I hope to do my first Parkrun soon.
In my latest fitness test, my pbs had improved considerably and I have lost 10 cm off my waist during the last 10 months. My personal trainer is really pleased that my weight loss is small because this indicates that my body composition is changing.
Most importantly I am happy. The little voice that tells me I need to be skinny is gradually becoming quieter and I am so pleased to be fit and healthy. I now concentrate on eating well and I try my best to eat nutritious food irrespective of calorie intake.
Last week a heard a lady talking about her food diary to a trainer at the gym. They added up her calorie intake and I heard them say that she was only eating 200 calories a day. She was about my age, was extremely thin, looked very unhealthy and dare I say it, old!
Previously I was someone who periodically joined slimming clubs, and I starved myself in order to reach my goal, feeling a failing a failure each time the scales told me that I had put on even a small amount of weight.
Thank you so much for your insight and help during the summer. I am so grateful both for my healthy body and my piece of mind. I am recommending you to all of my friends!
Phillipa P, East Sussex
Thanking you endlessly
Wesley E, Kent
Kate is one of the most innovative and insightful people I have met in my 12 years as a specialist. She has established a strong reputation and large client base for her nutrition consultancy work which she runs with dynamic leadership and enthusiasm.
In 2014 Kate identified a gap in the availability of diagnostic testing in Sussex where she is based for diagnosing bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Kate developed a new service giving people the opportunity to be tested for bacterial overgrowth, a cause of many abdominal symptoms. She has promoted this via educational sessions to local doctors and patients alike, such that family doctors, specialists and patients directly can now access the test.
Dr David Neal, Consultant Physician
I booked an appointment with you as i hated living feeling this way. You looked at my food diary which id recorded 10 days of what i had eaten and drank and asked questions and listened and took notes of my answers. Within a few minutes of my appointment you were able to tell me what it was that was going on with my body and how to the problem out. You told me it was Reactive Hypoglycaemia that I had and that my Flight or Fight Response was way out of balance. You said the food I ate yes was very healthy but I needed a a few specific changes. You also went into detail about why I had the condition and how it causes my body to give the certain symptoms I have suffered from since I was a toddler, I am now 43 so that shows how long ive put up with this problem but it was getting worse the last 2 years. I went home, took your advice, made the changes you suggested. the one thing I couldn’t do is have the blood tests for Vitamin B deficiency and to get a Blood sugar level testing kit. That was only because of my fear of needles.
The result ive got from following your advice is that I only have the beginnings of the symptoms once a week if that, for a few minutes but the symptoms are so mild and I can sort it out within minutes.
A life time problem that was affecting me every day is completely under control.
I recently had a CSF Brain Leak and got meningitis whilst waiting for an operation. A few months after that i had the brain surgery for the CSF brain leak in my base skull which was a success. Yet if I hadn’t of seen you I would of been in a really bad way physically and mentally coping with meningitis as i was not able to eat. Also i would not of been able to have had that surgery because it would have been impossible to Fast before my operation.
So following your advice I coped well. If this had been a few years ago I would have passed out within a few hours of not having any food, therefore not even being able to go through with an operation.
So Kate, I Thank you, even though they seem simple words to express my gratitude for what you have done to improve my life 🙂
I am more than happy for you to use my message to help others who are in any doubt at all on how nutrition can turn a persons life around.
With many Thanks
I am extremely into nutrition and health, although my degree is in Ecology which is totally unrelated, Nutrition is where I want to be and what I’m most interested in. Having followed all the fad-stars for ages and been through my fair share of fads too, it’s relieving to finally see nutrtionists such as yourself who aren’t pushing for people to cut out whole food groups, or forcing veganism upon everyone. They have their place, but as you say, they aren’t for everyone, and it’s a shame that so many people struggle with the basics of a healthy diet, when in reality, it’s so simple to just eat properly, everything in moderation, without the guilt, and see what’s wrong and what’s right. As far as the detox goes, everyone who is desperately searching for a life of health and “being skinny”, yet constantly surrounded by fast food and convenience food and drinking too much etc etc – like you say, balance is key.
Anyway, just thought I’d thank you for a really insightful newsletter and it’s nice to see someone who isn’t trying to get a following by claiming their way of life is the best and will work for everyone etc. Thank you
My GP had diagnosed me with CFS which was a relief at first but then of course he said he couldn’t really help me and it was about time healing things. I had contracted glandular fever and a severe bout of food poisoning and never really recovered from both. I ached all the time, could barely get out of bed, felt like I had a fever the whole time although my thermometer told me otherwise. My eyes burned, my bowel was all over the place, generally I felt miserable and hadn’t worked for four years. I was going round and round in circles and getting nowhere. I even went up to London to see an “ME” consultant who was hopeless and just talked to me about graded exercise.
What I liked about Kate’s approach was the amount of time we had – a whole two hours. I bought my health file with me which was enormous and little by little we started to piece together what had got wrong, and more importantly why I had not got better. I borrowed some money from my aunt and a few tests later I had such a greater understanding of what had happened to me. To cut a very long story short, six months later I am back at work, part time and doing really well.
Kate found so many conditions – her knowledge of the body is astounding and she really understands about symptoms and where they come from. You need a lot of time to talk when you are ill as there is so much to say and I think this really helped me figure out why had become ill and why I wasn’t getting better. In the end it was actually very simple, I had been told that CFS was so complicated but Kate made it really easy.”
I know you have a lot of patients, so aren’t going to remember my particular circumstances, but I have an underactive thyroid, diverticular disease and was diagnosed by you (through a complicated laboratory stool test) as having an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in my gut.
Following a course of probiotics which you recommended my gut is 100% better and I hardly ever have to take a laxative. I do eat masses of fruit and veggies, but I think the probiotics have finally shifted the bacterial content of my gut.
I have been to numerous doctors, specialists, gastro-enterologists and dieticians over the years and nobody helped me!
You are superb and I cannot thank you enough for changing my life for the better. I read your newsletters in great detail and try and follow your advice.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
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