Nutritional therapy is an holistic therapy which supports health and well-being. It addresses the uniqueness of the individual, taking into account genetic and environmental factors which influence health and disease. Nutritional therapy complements conventional medicine and other therapies.
Before embarking on a nutritional therapy programme, you should always consult your primary healthcare team about any health concerns that you may have, and before consulting a nutritional therapist you should ensure that they have full membership with a professional body such as the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and are registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
BANT is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests, nutritional therapy and the Nutritional Therapist.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners including Nutritional Therapists. CNHC’s register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The CNHC’s key role is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration and ensuring that all registered practitioners meet the relevant National Occupational Standards. Nutritional Therapists must meet the CNHC’s standards and maintain their professional skills through an ongoing programme of Continuing Professional Development.
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 professionals how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5 day training course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™.
Deborah Colson attended and completed the inaugural AFMCP™-UK training in London in 2011.