My approach to practice
I began to suspect that many of my patients’ problems were connected to their diet and digestion. My patients with anxiety had problems with IBS; patients with skin conditions had indigestion and acid reflux. The gut interacts with the hormonal, nervous and immune systems in the body. Even brain function can be linked to the gut.
Although nutrition can’t cure everything, a good understanding of it can help in many conditions and at various stages of life. The time around significant hormone changes such as the menopause, pregnancy and adolescence are often the most important times to review diet and digestion. Many patients look for natural solutions at these times of change. Alongside natural approaches such as diet and lifestyle, are other useful treatment that I can prescribe for suitable patients, such as bioidentical HRT. I am keen to look for evidence to support treatments and help my patients avoid fads and things which might make them feel worse.
Doctor as teacher
I give patients quality information so they can take control and empower themselves to feel the best that they can. Ultimately, a patient is a unique individual and has to find what is right for them and make their own informed choice.
Treat the whole person
I take a holistic approach and get a complete medical history, including diet, mood, sleep patterns, work-life balance and motivation
A balance between nature and medicine
We have to use the healing power of nature as part of our therapeutic approach. Nature and medication is a balance and we have to aim for the best of both. Some patients prefer to take a more natural approach to their health. I like to be able to advise on the options for an individual
Find what makes you feel good
Food should not be scary or guilt inducing. A most fundamental principle for me is for the patient to find enjoyment in their way of life.
Do no harm
I take patient safety very seriously. I continually update myself and look at evidence and research. I am fully licenced with the GMC.