What do I do?

I think its time for those of you who don’t know, for me to tell you what I actually do as a nutrition consultant. Firstly, you need to know that I haven’t just done some bogus correspondence course but at the end of my MSc (which I’m now completing) I will have studied for seven years in nutrition. This is important because there are many so called therapists out there who are just not qualified enough!

So, firstly let me tell you what I am not/dont do:

I am not a doctor
I do not diagnose disease
I don’t make money out of giving you loads of supplements
I don’t use any vega machines or other alternative diagnostic tools that are not science based.

What I do is:
Teach people about good nutrition and health.
Teach people how to read labels and shop healthily for their individual needs.
Educate people in the understanding that what they are eating may be making them ill.
Use stool tests for diagnosing the causes of digestive problems.
Use nutritional blood tests for help in diagnosing deficiency symptoms.
Do basic blood tests privately eg B12, cholesterol, thyroid and homocysteine.
Educate people in lifestyle changes rather than “diets”.
Help people see through marketing hype and confusing packaging.
Do one to one shopping trips to help people make sound food choices
Use supplements when there is clinical evidence for their need in the short term.
Liaise and work with GP’s and consultants.

People are often not too sure what actually happens in a consultation. The initial visit is an hour or an hour and a half depending on how many health problems there are. You are asked to bring a weeks food diary, any medications and any supplements you are already taking. I take a full medical history, you then have a chance to tell me of your health issues. We then look at your diet and see what needs changing and any tests/supplements etc are also discussed. Often I might send you back to your GP with a letter if you have not been to see them first. Usually people see me after they have seen their GP/consultant so any serious illness has been discounted before.

If you have any questions on what I do please don’t hesitate to call me on 01323 737814 or email at katenut@aol.com

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