Karen has recently co-written this amazing book: Tomato – know, sow, grow, feast. I highly recommend it! It is written in her own voice; warm and genuine, and the book is encouraging and accessible to the novice or experienced gardener. I have learned a lot from my first few chapters about growing a variety of tomatoes: getting the best crops, growing great flavours, and using organic processes in keeping my plants healthy.Read More
My client Luisa (not her real name) and I have had great success recently, her health has improved rapidly, and I believe, permanently! So happy with her wellbeing, she suggested I write a blog about what has been ailing her: thrush. I treat a lot of thrush in my practice and think this will be relevant for many women out there.Read More
Part 2: From reductionist to expansionist!
To try and manage their symptoms their lives gets reduced; smaller and smaller, as it is harder to eat over at friends homes, and eat out, or travel away from home. This change, I think, has been one of the biggest and most important; a real overhaul in approach! In collaboration with my clients and their medical and allied practitioners- improvements without restrictions is possible in many situations.Read More
Part 2: Iron needs to be the first building block for treating fatigue and tiredness.
Something I have learned over the years is that some tiredness and fatigue cannot be overcome with vitamins, herbs, adequate sleep, and good eating. If the foundation nutrient iron is not at high enough levels no other intervention can have sustainable effects. I have found this is is true for people of all ages and genders; no amount of sleep, rest, holidays, or taking it easy, replenishes someones energy levels, including when depression or another serious disease is ruled out.Read More
Part 1: Sharing in knowledge is different from giving information.
When I started out I used to think I was an information-based health service provider; that clients come to see me for information, and I tell them what to do. Understatement - this was a very rigid way of practising! Thanks goodness I found my way out of this style!
I have learned to approach healthcare with my clients, to work with them and their current habits and needs to help them grow in a way that is interesting and sustainable for them personally. This aspect of my work feels very creative as we work together because everyone is different and it is so important to accept what steps people are able and willing to integrate into their lives. I always want to guide people towards their very best health, but giving blanket advice that works in ideal situations is just not realistic for most people.Read More