Specialist in Rheumatoid Arthritis
My journey to optimal health has been a long and interesting one. When I was younger I felt invincible and thought I could eat what I liked and feel healthy as I looked well. I had always been slim, energetic and active. But, at 19 years old, when I was studying Classics at the University of Leeds, I woke up in my bed with an onset paralysis of my whole body, I was unable to move – I couldn’t even reach for my phone to call for help and my housemates were not around. It took me hours to rev myself up to roll off my bed to reach my mobile. When I was slowly able to move again, the pain was ferocious. After a few days navigating through the pain, I got a train home to London and started the beginning of a long journey through steroid shots, hospital waiting rooms, multiple doctors and queues for endless prescriptions. During this time, so little emphasis was put on what I ate and how I might have got to this place, the answer was always just medication. Nothing seemed to work and I was on a cycle of vicious drugs and infusions yet was still in agonising pain. I completed my degree but my performance was jeopardised by my constant fatigue and pain.
I was diagnosed with JIA (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis) which was developing into a form of RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). My bloods showed my CRP levels (inflammation markers) were extraordinarily high. I was shocked as I thought arthritis was a disease for older people (turns out so did everyone I knew!). I began my journey and desire for an in-depth understanding of nutrition. I immediately looked into natural therapies, supplements and how I could begin to understand my condition through diet effectively. I worked with varying strict anti-inflammatory diets and I have happily found a great approach to healthy living which keeps me well, my energy levels high and my joints in excellent condition.
In January 2016, I enrolled in the College of Naturopathic Medicine to study Biomedicine and Naturopathic Nutrition. After three years of studying alongside working in PR within the luxury lifestyle sector, I recently graduated and am now a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist.
Seeing clients and really getting acquainted with people in a nutritional therapy setting has been so rewarding and exactly what I want to do. I am passionate about nutritional therapy and keen to assist clients looking to achieve their goals. I can’t promise instant results but stick with it as it is so worth living a pain free and healthy life.
As an RA sufferer, I am delighted to see all clients with musculoskeletal system conditions but also anyone keen to come in for a nutritional therapy session for any problem areas be it a general health overhaul or a targeted issue. Any area can be addressed and improved through nutritional adjustments!
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I am registered with the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP). All ANP members have had to have undertaken an accredited course and abide to the ANP code of ethics to be accepted into the association. I am also a member of the General Naturopathic Council (GNC). As a GNC member, I meet the National Occupational Standards in the practice of nutritional therapy and I am obliged to abide by the GNC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. I am also fully insured by Balens Specialist Insurance Brokers.