Nutritional medicine explores how food and its nutrients affect health and wellbeing.
What is Nutritional Medicine?
A Nutritionist is trained to understand and work with differences in people’s metabolism, genetics and dietary preferences. The nutritional medicine practitioner recognise underlying predisposition to disease states, and explains how to prevent or treat them. Good nutrition is fundamental to good health and can vary at different stages of life. Therefore, it is wise to have a regular check-up to maintain optimum health.
How it works
The nutritional medicine practitioner provides you with dietary advice and may prescribe practitioner-only nutritional supplements to help in a broad range of health conditions. Much research in this field has been carried out in recent years so in many instances, prescriptions are evidence-based.
Most commonly treated conditions
The nutritionist may assist in a wide range of health issues: from poor immunity to high cholesterol, from pregnancy and breastfeeding to menopause, from food allergies/intolerance to autoimmune disease to autism, and more. The nutritionist also guides vegetarians and vegans towards appropriately balanced diets.
What to expect at your first appointment
On your first visit, which lasts around an hour, the nutritional medicine practitioner will assess your health history. This includes an exploration of your diet, lifestyle, stress and environmental factors, any medications that you are taking, as well as family members’ health.
Physical examination may include performing a check-up of your hair, skin, nails and tongue, taking your blood pressure and/or performing or recommending clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests, including nutrigenomic testing, to determine how your genes affect your health.
How long does it take to treat a condition?
It could take hours, days, weeks or longer. Your nutritionist will educate, inform and involve you in your health care so that you may feel empowered to gain and maintain optimum health.
Our Nutritional Medicine Practitioners
Deborah Cooper – Naturopath - B.A.,ND., Dip. Herb. Med., DRM
Deborah began her career in 1984, & draws on her experience to treat any health condition and/or provide an individual health assessment for those who simply wish to remain well.
Suzi Wigge – Sydney Integrative GP, Anti-Ageing and Nutritional Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture - M.B., B.S., FRACGP, Dip. TCM (Sydney), Cert. TCM (China), DRM.
Suzi is an integrative medicine practitioner who combines orthodox medicine with a range of natural therapies targeting root causes of health problems.
Kathy Harris – Sydney Naturopath, Functional Testing - M.H.Sc.(Herbal Med), B.Ed., ND., Adv.Dip.Hom.
Kathy works as a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Western Medical Herbalist and Homoeopath.
Marie Paek – Sydney Integrative GP, Psychotherapy - BA/BSc(Med) MBBS(Hons) FRACGP
Marie practices functional/integrative medicine to address complex and chronic health issues. She is also adept at looking at the workings of the mind and is a practicing mindfulness based , body-oriented psychotherapist.
Steven Judge – Clinical Naturopathy - B.HSc (Nat.), Adv.Dip.Nat., Adv.Dip.Nut.Med.
Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine