Special interest in:
Food allergies & intolerance
Healthy cooking & meal planning
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 wrong with me" or "nothing they could do”. Whilst grateful for the reassurance that my health concerns were not serious, I was still left wondering how to return to the health I’d known and enjoyed before. Do I really need a 'diagnosis' or 'out of range' pathology result before anything can be done for me?". How would I know when I had all the information I needed in order to make a decision about my health and where would this information come from?
Knowing many pharmaceuticals have their origins in nature, I started here with my research. This was when 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. I could see there were enormous bodies of work, knowledge and practice that stretched out long before scientific method became the mainstay of modern medicine,
There was so much more to understand about this void between health and disease. It was clear to me that this knowledge needed the wisdom and guidance of time-honoured and well-established traditional practice to inform the restoration health in our modern healthcare system.
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 the 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 now 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.