The essence of the Natural Healthcare College
About Naturopathic nutrition
How simple healing would be if we all had the same constitution, the same inherent strengths and weaknesses, and the same predispositions to particular diseases; we could hone our skills to a fine art. But, of course, we are not that boring, each of us having our unique characteristics. Ongoing research into the human genome is revealing more and more about ourselves and about our individual inherent strengths and weaknesses.
So why does the Western approach treats us very much as if we were all the same? Rather than the conventional approach of treating the disease or its symptoms, the naturopathic approach is to look for the causes. A naturopathic practitioner will take into account the presenting symptoms but will look at the much bigger picture and consider influences to health that may be coming from dietary, emotional, mental and structural (the muscles and skeletal system) factors. This is the truly holistic approach to healing by treating everyone as an individual.
Metabolically we are all different and this explains why a diet that works well for one person may be inappropriate for another, even for a member of the same family. The ‘one-size fits all’ supposedly ‘healthy diet’ simply cannot work for everyone. While the therapeutic approach may be based on nutrition, the skill of the therapist is to determine the appropriate nutrition for individual clients.
The naturopathic approach to nutrition is truly amazing. There’s nothing new about the concept and application of nutritional healing. Hippocrates (460-377 BC), the Father of Medicine, said ”Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food”. In modern times, Dr Carl Pfeiffer, a pioneer in nutritional medicine, stated ”With an adequate intake of micronutrients most chronic diseases would not exist”.
We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that food is our source of energy; it promotes our well-being, and the balance of the mind and our general health. Not only can an ‘inappropriate’ diet disrupt the digestive system, it can also affect the way the brain works, the balance of hormones, the immune system, the ability to cope with stress, the strength of the skeletal and muscular systems, in fact all aspects of life.
Nutrition influences our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being but whereas some foods will profoundly enhance well-being, others may have a detrimental influence. The course will help you understand how, more than 2000 years after Hippocrates, we can still make food a medicine. While the emphasis of our course is on nutrition and lifestyle, the skill of our graduates lies in being able to determine the appropriate therapeutic protocol for individual clients.
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The Naturopathic way
What is the naturopathic approach?
Naturopathy is a holistic, natural, healthcare system that recognises the healing power of nature present in all living things. As a healing system it aims to promote health, and can help to prevent the onset of many disease processes by employing various natural therapeutic approaches, a cornerstone of which is nutrition.
Over 2000 years ago, Plato said:
“The cure of many diseases is unknown to physicians because they are ignorant of the whole. For the part can never be well unless the whole is well”.Plato
Holistic therapies embrace the belief that health is a balance, taking into account physical and environmental factors, our state emotionally and psychologically, what we eat and how much exercise we have.
Evidence of the benefits to health from the powerful combination of Nutritional Therapy with Naturopathic principles have been demonstrated since ancient times, having roots in traditional systems of healing such as Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Natural Healthcare College’s Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy course integrates ancient wisdoms with modern evidence-based nutritional therapeutic approaches to bring you a truly 21st century learning experience.
The naturopathic influence of this course incorporates skills such as basic Iridology, nail and tongue analysis to help you almost instantly assess constitutional factors and predispositions that could be linked to the root causes of disease. Supporting the healing power of nature within us all and addressing the causes of disease is infinitely better than merely treating its symptoms.
In line with Naturopathic principles, students are encouraged to develop their own individual styles. Our training encourages students to use simple approaches when making therapeutic recommendations; the easier we can make things for our clients, the greater their potential for recovery. A key naturopathic principle is that the practitioners should educate their clients. With that in mind, the naturopathic approach is to look for the root causes of presenting symptoms (rather than concentrating on the symptoms themselves). Having made that assessment, we help each client to understand their unique biochemical individuality and how a diet that may seem ‘healthy’ for one person, may be totally inappropriate for someone else, even a close family member. We explain how diet and lifestyle may have contributed to the client’s health problems and give them guidance on adjustments that can help put them on the road to optimal health and well-being.
Dr Edward Bach, famous for the Bach Flower Remedies, showed he understood naturopathic approaches when he said:
“Health is our heritage, our right. It is the complete and full union between soul, mind and body; and this is not a difficult far-away ideal to attain, but one so easy and natural that many of us have overlooked it”.Dr Edward Bach