by Majella Farrell

Keep What is Natural As Natural As Possible

Hippocrates who is seen as the father of medicine said many centuries ago ’Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’. He considered illness to be a natural phenomenon that forced people to discover the imbalance in their health. Perhaps in our technological world we have forgotten this basic rule of health.

I practice nutritional therapy and often people ask me to clarify what this means; a nutritionist is a person who devotes professional activity to food and preventive nutrition. They can also advise people on dietary matters relating to health, well-being and nutrition.

I spend a lot of time with my clients getting them to detail their diet, looking at their desired outcome for their health, helping them to plan an improved diet that suits their personal tastes, preferences and religious beliefs. Sometimes, if it is necessary, I carry out a food overload test, which is generally known as an allergy test (an incorrect term). This entails using a testing machine on acupuncture points (no needles used!) to find out if commonly used foods are overloading the persons digestive system, in this case the food is withdrawn from the diet for a prescribed time allowing the digestive system to relax and recover optimal function. All of this is done with due consideration, treated in appropriate manner using specialised homotoxicology and/or nutritional support and in a matter of weeks the overload is usually resolved.

The food choices we make have a significant impact on our health. Optimal health is more than the absence of disease. ‘Optimal health’ is a description of the most desirable state of health and well being that one can experience. Serious concerns over the quality of the food we eat have given birth to a growing number of health-conscious people willing to take responsibility for improving their own nutritional health by becoming aware of not only their food choices but the manner by which their food is cultivated and stored.

Many of the foods we consume today are lacking in optimal levels of vitamins and minerals. It is due to this phenomenon of the modern farming methods that the vitamin and mineral supplement industry has grown.

The human body has a miraculous natural ability to protect and heal itself from sickness, but there is a limit to its endurance. If we are to achieve optimal health, we must acquire the knowledge and tools to heal ourselves with the assistance of qualified health practitioners.

Knowledge of the impact of nutrition on health is vitally important so that you will not spend lots of money on supplements that either you don’t need or are not of a quality which will improve health. Spend time reading about that condition in your life you would like to improve. Have a serious look at your diet, often the help of a qualified nutritional therapist will help you be objective and focused. If you can change the quality of your diet then do this first.

Take the time to shop smart for your health. Read the food labels and choose the best. Spend time preparing fresh wholesome food and drinks, swap ideas with friends and enjoy the experience of cooking smart.

If, because of a certain health condition or due to medication, you decide that your diet is lacking in some necessary nutrients then look for appropriate supplements. Taking the advice of a nutritional therapist does focus this and can prevent you becoming a victim of the mass marketing of poor advice and supplements. Supplements can help protect against toxins and prevent cell damage when used properly.

When I give talks on the importance of nutritional health I always ask the audience if they would put diesel in a petrol car and expect it to run smoothly? Perhaps this is a very simplistic way of looking at nutrition but then why do we feed our bodies with the wrong fuel and expect them to perform well?

Majella Farrell RMN, MBRCP
Live Well Clinic
Homotoxicologist, Naturopath, Nutritionist

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