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Why I became a Natural Health Practitioner

Updated: Jan 8

I was good at maths and science at school and have a degree in engineering, a professional qualification in accountancy. I even worked for a pharmaceutical company for several years.. so how did I end up here?

Like many mothers, when I was pregnant, I was bombarded by information about what I couldn't eat, what medications I couldn't take and what activities might be dangerous for the baby growing inside me. I read many books and began to become more aware of the interaction between the foods we eat, the environment we live in and the non food elements we expose our bodies to. When my eldest son was born in 2004, he had recurrent ear infections which made our lives very difficult and ultimately were hugely damaging to his ears. We sought help from everywhere.. General practitioners, ENT specialists, osteopaths, homeopaths and nutritionists and eventually got things under control. I had learnt a lot along the way. By the time my third child was born in 2009, I thought I knew it all! I was wrong, this bright ray of sunshine came with his his own set of unique challenges that send me back through the cycle of experts and added immunologists, functional medical doctors and kinesiologists to the list of experts we consulted and asthma and chemical sensitivity to the list of things we became all too familiar with.

I read many books, blogs, scientific journals, medical studies and came to one very important conclusion. There was no one answer.. no one person, no matter how well educated in their own field, knows everything about every body and no amount of research could predict the outcomes for an individual. There are so many variables when it comes to health and we cannot control them all. We need a team of support around us, to call on different experts at different times. And most of all, we need to listen carefully and deeply to find the answers, and when we do, we need to listen some more.

Our journey to health involved a combination of nutrition, herbal supports, aromatherapy, bach flowers, reiki and homeopathy as well as conventional medicine, antibiotics, steroids, surgery, physiotherapy, osteopathy, cold water swimming and the occasional use of crutches! There are many tools we can use and I enjoy sharing those tools to help others on their journey to health.

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