Time and curiousity have taught me that ‘health care’ can mean more than just visiting my family doctor when I feel unwell. Visits to my doctor would often result in being told, “there was nothing they could do”. Whilst grateful for their reassurance that my health concerns were not serious, I was still left wondering how to return to the health I’ve known and enjoyed before. How do I work out what is going wrong for me, and how can I fix it? How do I stop it progressing into something more serious? Do I really need to wait until it is more serious to be able to fix it? How do I know when I have all the information I need in order to make a decision about my health, and who do I ask? This was important to me.
Knowing many pharmaceuticals have origins in nature, I started here with my search. This was when the answers to my long list of questions started to form and it was clear there was so much more to know. I was excited, very excited. The fire in my belly was ignited for the first time in a very long time. I wanted to know it all – impossible – but it was my new goal and passion. The scientist in me was intrigued and excited, but if this new knowledge was going to have any credibility with me it was going to need to have solid science-based evidence behind it. It was also going to need a deep understanding of our mental and physical functioning to support it and it must explain to me how the removal from health occurs. It was also going to need to provide a knowledge of the complex and intricate systems inside our bodies and reveal how they interrelate and impact one another. It was also now clear to me that this knowledge needed the wisdom and guidance of time-honoured and well-established traditional practice to inform me in my therapeutic approach to restoring health in a modern context.
Gaining my Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy gave me this knowledge.
I now have the knowledge and understanding of the physiology behind the body’s extraordinary ability to self-heal. I understand the process of disease. I can assess an individual’s health status using modern and traditional techniques. I can interpret pathology results to detect functional changes in the body before disease sets in. I understand the mechanisms behind modern and traditional pharmaceuticals as well as the mechanisms that drive our nutritional biochemical pathways. I marvel at the long history -- and the modern history -- of energetic medicines which modern science is still yet to fully understand but their ability to bring about healing is proven to me every day. I see it restore health in my own children and build their resilience in the face of daily immune assaults, I've watched its gentleness offer relief to older members of my family without risk of interaction with their host of medications that are not quite managing their symptoms. Yes, the science may still be catching up on the 'how', but the scientist, mother and carer in me draws comfort and confidence from the evidence I see every day with the these natural medicines and the others I've learned about along the way.
With two teenagers and an active family and work life, control of day to day life is not always easy, but now knowing the full range of health choices available to me I feel I have full control of our health and well-being which is the most important thing to me, plus it has the added bonus of making everything else way less challenging - for all of us.
Special interest in:
Food allergies & intolerance
Healthy cooking & meal planning