<< First  < Prev   1   2   Next >  Last >> 
  • 18 Aug 2020 09:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr Jenny Goodman has spent 20 years improving the health of patients after their GPs had failed to find out what was making them unwell. She has studied the drastic effect that both environmental pollution and poor nutrition can have on our bodies and minds and how they are contributing to an epidemic of 21 st century illnesses including hayfever , hyperactivity, chronic fatigue, cancer, eczema, diabetes, heart attacks and

    Jenny practises Ecological Medicine, which explores a person’s “environmental history” to see what damaging toxins they are being or have been exposed to. She understands how nutrients can be used to help “detox” these pollutants and reduce their impact on our bodies and brains. Ecological Medicine views the whole body as an ecosystem living within the larger ecosystem of the planet we live on.

    Staying Alive in Toxic Times is a practical handbook that distils Jenny’s years of experience. It's a book that will help you to improve your health right now and prevent disease in the future.

    Jenny explains how to eat naturally according to the seasons of the year as well as through all the stages of your life from pre conception to pregnancy, childhood to middle age and menopause to old age. She shows how to safely and effectively supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals sorting through the confusing array of diets and healthy eating fads to help you keep well at any age.

    The book contains case studies which illustrate how recovery can be possible without drugs and whether or not your symptoms fit a familiar pattern in the medical textbooks. This is an empowering book offering an approach to life long health that includes but transcends the understandings of conventional medicine.

    Jenny Goodman says: “

    Twenty years of practising Ecological Medicine has shown me what medical school never taught me, that people can get better and remain better without recourse to dangerous drugs. Ecological Medicine is joined up medicine, the medicine we need now . It is the application of biochemisty to the real life health problems of today and it is preventive medicine as well. Everyone is entitled to know it for the sake of their own and their children’s health. I felt I had to share what I and my colleagues and my patients have learnt.

    Dr Jenny Goodman is a medical doctor, broadcaster and lecturer. After qualifying and working in general medicine, surgery and A&E, she took post graduate training in Ecological Medicine that radically transformed her approach to helping patients.

    Jenny has been practising Ecological Medicine at her busy London practice for many years. She is passionate about making medical and nutritional knowledge accessible to the general public and is a popular and much sought after lecturer and broadcaster. Staying Alive in Toxic Times is her first book.

    About 12 years ago Dr. Jenny set up a case-history discussion group, which included nutritional therapists and naturopaths as well as eco-doctors, and soon we were all learning from each other. The BSEM, too, welcomes alternative practitioners, and I believe we are breaking down the barriers between our respective disciplines, united by the desire to understand root causes, and to use gentle, natural, non-Pharma approaches to healing. I have learnt such a lot from naturopaths and nutritional therapists, and hopefully that is mutual, as many of them have sat in on my consultations.  I believe it is high time to end the outrageous snobbery that has kept medics apart from other (often better!) practitioners, and that is my main reason for wanting to join the ANP. I hope we can continue to build bridges and learn from each other, which is more vital than ever in today’s troubled times.

    Dr. Jenny is a ANP member and currently sees clients mostly out of Biolab in central London. 

  • 25 Jun 2020 09:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is that time of year again when everyone would normally start feeling the symptoms of hay fever and it would be a common topic of conversation. Due to the current situation we all find ourselves in, however, hay fever isn’t being talked about so much but that doesn’t mean hay fever sufferers aren’t beginning to feel the onset. To see the full article

    This article was written by Gaya Neault BSc on behalf of Nouveau Health Ltd 

    To find out more about how Toxaprevent and the ingredient MANC® binds to Histamine please visit 

  • 20 May 2020 16:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The steps taken by the British government in relation to Covid-19 are very concerning. Lockdown measures are destroying the economy; thousands of people have lost their jobs, businesses are struggling. The push for mandatory vaccinations is a violation of human rights. 

    For more information, please download: 

    Covid-19 Flyer


  • 16 Mar 2020 09:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please describe your background and experience in medical and natural health.

    In 1987, I qualified as a Medical doctor from London University in the UK. I then worked as a hospital doctor in the UK for 4 years in various specialities, including medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, psychiatry, endocrinology, paediatrics and emergency medicine. Later, I attended Oxford University where I gained a PhD in Clinical Biochemistry. I then continued my research, publishing an academic paper, that many prominent scientists acknowledge to have created an entirely new field of medicine. The paper exposed the link between the toxic chemicals in our food and environment and the increasing global problem of obesity.

    I have also published two books; The Detox Diet (Penguin UK 2002) and Toxic Overload (Penguin Putnam NY 2005). These publications showed the links between the toxic chemicals people are exposed to in everyday life and the main health issues of modern day life, such as cancer, lung and heart issues and a weakened immune system. The books also outline ways to make food safer and to improve health naturally, using foods, natural herbs and spices.

    For many years I advised the Soil Association (the main body dealing with Organic Certification of foods in the UK) sitting on their food processing standards committee. I am currently a Visiting Fellow in Occupational and Environmental Health at Stirling University and for over 20 years I have been conducting research into how to improve health naturally.

    As a trained medical doctor, please share your opinion on the importance of natural health from a doctor's perspective to increase resistance against the recent Covid-19 Coronavirus infection.

    Media coverage of the recent Covid-19, Coronavirus has incited fear amongst many. While this latest Coronavirus manifestation is an urgent and potentially life-threatening concern for all involved, the risk it poses can be better understood if put in perspective with problems arising from other viruses.

    Many will now know that the latest Covid-19 is part of the same family of viruses (the Coronaviruses) as the viruses underlying the previous SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) outbreaks. Indeed, 15-30% of the viruses underlying the common cold are also types of Coronaviruses. Although they all have slightly different individual characteristics, by sharing the same family group all these viruses tend to have similar properties in common.

    Whilst current numbers of those infected and dying from the latest Covid-19 outbreak seem high, some international experts have previously said they would be much more worried about outbreaks of other viruses such as Influenza or Ebola, than infections caused by Coronaviruses. These views were held by top scientists such as Dr Klaus Stohr, the former head of the Influenza program at the World Health Organisation (WHO). He previously led the agency’s fight against SARS. Dr Stohr was reported in the Wall Street Journal as saying, “compared with the devastation of a flu pandemic… SARS will be something to smile about.”

    This view was echoed by Albert Osterhaus, a Dutch scientist involved in pandemic preparedness in Europe who in the same Wall Street article reportedly said, “I am far more scared of a flu pandemic than I am of SARS.”

    So why is it these people share this different view towards the Coronavirus?

    This appears to stem from the fact that while some viruses like Ebola can readily cause death in healthy people, viruses like the Coronavirus only effect vulnerable people with a weakened immune system. According to the WHO, up to 90% of those infected with Ebola can die. Conversely, the Coronavirus tends to only cause death in certain groups, such as the very old, the very young and those with existing health problems. This is also reflected in the current estimates of those who have been affected by the recent Covid-19 outbreak, with the number of infections being reported at a much higher level than the number of deaths. The approximate death rate of the current outbreak of the Coronavirus stands at only 2%.

    Indeed, during the previous SARS outbreak, many people who were exposed to the virus never actually became ill. The key factor behind whether or not someone becomes infected or ill, after exposure, is thought by many to be linked to the strength of the body’s natural immune (defence) system. Those with strong immune systems are less likely to become infected at all and even if they did, they tend to have milder symptoms. Whereas those with weak immune systems tend to fare much worse.

    What advice would you give for us to share with our clients, as well as to use personally in order to protect naturally against infection from Coronavirus?

    The good news here is that by knowing what weakens the immune system, this gives us the power to work on improving things in order to turn this situation around.

    • Reducing stress
    • Practicing meditation
    • Getting plenty of rest and sleep
    • Eating foods which feed and strengthen your immune system
    • Daily moderate exercise
    • Avoidance of drugs and toxic chemicals whenever possible

    Actually, this knowledge has been used for centuries by practitioners of Naturopathy, Herbalists, Traditional Chinese Medicine and many more natural health practitioners who specialise in giving the body what it needs and protecting it from harm, in order to optimise and enhance its natural health and the strength of the immune system. The body can defend itself naturally against viral infections, such as Coronaviruses, given the right support and approach.

    We are very fortunate as many foods are now known to be highly effective at strengthening the immune system. To ensure the body’s natural defence systems are on top form, studies have shown a benefit in eating plenty of virus fighting, nutrient rich foods, such as the following:

    • Foods such as lemons and other citrus fruit, rhubarb, dates, kiwi fruit, strawberries pomegranate plus salad vegetables like bell peppers and cabbage, as they contain good amounts of immune system enhancing antioxidants.
    • Sea and freshwater fish containing omega 3 fatty acids, which are often missing in the diet but essential in enabling the immune system to prevent and supress virus infections including the Coronavirus. Hemp oil or walnuts are a good vegetarian source of omega 3 fatty acids. Many fish also contain plenty of vitamin D which helps the immune system puncture holes in viruses and good amounts of zinc, without which the immune system would not be able to function properly.
    • Fermented foods, such as yoghurt, as these promote the growth of the important good bugs in the gut which help suppress growth of the unwanted ones.
    • Foods high in soluble fibre such as porridge oats, beans pulses, apples and oranges enhance the actions of fermented foods as soluble fibre is a great food source for 'good' bugs. These soluble fibres also bind to and lower levels of immune system damaging synthetic chemicals and immunotoxic heavy metals in the body and help remove them safely.
    • Many herbs and spices contain powerful antiviral constituents and so have potentially strong Coronavirus killing actions. These include, ginger, turmeric, garlic, onions, horseradish, cinnamon, ginseng, cayenne pepper, peppermint, dandelion, mistletoe, liquorice, oregano and basil.
    • Eating more organic foods. Conventionally grown foods tend to have a raft of known immune system damaging chemicals and are often of a lower nutritional value compared to those grown more naturally or organically. Organic foods tend to contain higher levels of immune system strengthening vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, copper, zinc and vitamin C. Vitamin C for example has consistently been shown to reduce the duration and severity during episodes of the common cold.
    • Aquatic vegetables like lotus root (water lily 'potato like' root) and water chestnuts commonly eaten in China, Japan and India appear to rank as real antiviral superfoods. These can be found locally in the UK in Asian food supermarkets. Unlike land grown crops, which have increasingly been grown on nutrient chemically treated and nutrient poor soils for decades, natural lake grown lotus roots are grown in a nutrient dense and relatively clean environment. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, a study which looked at 36 vegetables to identify the foods highest in antioxidants, found the lotus root to come out on top. This is important as the higher the antioxidant levels a food possesses the great the ability to kill and suppress viruses. Ginger, garlic and spinach also ranked highly in that study.

    These long-established natural methods have been recognised and used officially for former Coronavirus outbreaks such as SARS. Actually, during the SARS epidemic, The Chinese Government Health Authority released recommendations for preventing and treating those with SARS. They contained herbs well used in the west that have now been found to contain anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties such as liquorice, skullcap and rhubarb root.

    These recommendations have now been backed up by academic studies, showing the effectiveness of natural herbs and spices in tackling the previous SARS outbreak and reducing the level of symptoms and their duration in those with the disease.

    As these treatments were found to be effective on one type of Coronavirus, it indicates the same treatments are very likely to be effective on other types of Coronaviruses. So natural treatments used to treat or prevent SARS or even head colds, are very likely to be helpful towards helping the body defend itself against Covid-19.

    An initial indication that herbal treatments could already be having a positive effect on the current Covid-19 situation can be found from an early report in the South China Morning Post (18th February). This suggested that the infected people who got medical treatment in areas of China, where 90% of all those infected are given traditional herbals, had a much lower mortality of around 0.1%, compared to areas where only 30% of infected people were initially treated with traditional herbs which had a reported mortality of around 2.6%. These results appeared to lead the Chinese government to swiftly implement a new policy of treating all the people suspected of Covid-19 infection with herbal drinks, in addition to conventional treatments. This gives the first positive indication that the Covid-19 is, like the other Coronaviruses, potentially also sensitive to natural treatments and we should learn from people's experiences in China.

    There is no initial indication which herbals were being given but I imagine that a good starting point will have been the herbs and recipes used by the Chinese Government health authority for the previous SARS outbreak to persons whose jobs (health workers) or relations may bring them into contact with someone with potential SARS. These included the following recipe for an herbal tea drink; Chinese rhubarb root, Honeysuckle flower, Bupleurum root, Skullcap root, Isatis root, Dryopteris root, Cang Shu, Job’s tears, Patchouli, Siler root and Liquorice. More information will come out in due course I am sure but it gives real hope for everyone caught up in this stressful situation.

    From my perspective, I believe there is actually so much we can all do now to protect our health and strengthen our natural immune systems from the Covid-19 using the above-mentioned foods which have been safely used in this way for generations. Indeed, many of these foods, herbs and spices will already be found in most people’s kitchens!

    Not only can these immune system strengthening nutrients be accessed from eating the right foods, but the above mentioned spices and herbals can be consumed as teas (peppermint, ginger, mistletoe, dandelion) as well as in food supplements (capsules or powders) or in raw juices, such as ginger, rhubarb and turmeric.

    Only time will tell what has caused the latest outbreak. However, there is no reason to wait until people start getting infected in your area. Now is the best time to start to change your habits and diet to help your body defend itself from the threat of future Coronavirus virus infections


    Chemical Toxins: A hypothesis to explain the Global Obesity Epidemic. Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Vol 8, No. 2, 2002, pp. 185-192

    The Detox Diet: Eliminate Chemical Calories and restore your natural slimming system. Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton. Penguin Books. United Kingdom 2002.

    Toxic overload: A doctor’s plan for combatting the illnesses caused by chemicals in our foods, our homes and our medicine cabinets. Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton. Penguin New York, USA. 2005

    Forget SARS: WHO expert says he fears the flu more. The Wall Street Journal. Gautam Naik. May 29. 2003.

    Special Report on SARS: How You Can Support Your Immune System. Maoshing Ni, D.O.M.,PhD, LAc

    Vitamin C and SARS Coronavirus. Harri Hemila. J of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Vol 52, issue 6, Dec 2003; p 1049-1050

    Prenatal Docosahexaenoic acid supplementation and infant mortality: Randomised controlled trial. Beth Imhoff-Kunsch et al. Paediatrics: 2011 Sept: 128(3):e505-e512.

    Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections, systemic review and meta-analysis of individual participants date. A. Martineau (Professor of respiratory infection and immunity) BMJ 2017; 356. (i.e. it shows immune systems use vitamin D to make antimicrobial weapons that puncture holes in bacteria and viruses)

    Zn2+ Inhibits Coronavirus and arteritis RNA polymerase activity in vitro and zinc ionophores block the replication of these viruses in cell culture. Aartjan. J.W et al. Nov 4, 2010

    Organic Foods Contain Higher Levels of Certain Nutrients, Lower Levels of Pesticides, and May Provide Health Benefits for the Consumer. Crinnion, Walter J. Alternative Medicine Review. Apr2010, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p4-12. 9p.

    Special report on SARS: How you can support your immune system. Maoshing Ni. Gateway to Chinese Medicine Health and Wellness

    Herbs for emerging viral infections diseases. Eric Y. Alternative and Complementary Therapies. Vol 22, Vol 4. 2016

    Procyanididins and butanol extract of Cinnamomi Cortex inhibit SARS-CoV infection. Antiviral Res. April 2009. Min Zhuang et al.

    15 Impressive herbs with Antiviral activities J Kubala. Oct 21 2019. Healthline. 

  • 11 Mar 2020 10:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Homeobotanicals are a powerful, synergistic blends of organic herbs in liquid form, diluted, potentised homoeopathically and selectively chosen to target specific organs and/or systems in the body.

    Detoxification is often the first step in the therapeutic process (esp. for chronic conditions). When the toxins have been removed a nutritional blend of herbs is again individually selected to encourage the body to regain homoeostasis. 

    Acute conditions respond very quickly to these remedies, supporting the immune system and accelerating the healing process. Chronic conditions respond at a more measured pace, according to the duration and severity of the disease or imbalance. Asthma, eczema, bowel problems, poor vitality due to toxin build-up, arthritis, hormone imbalance (and all the distressing  symptoms that causes), allergies and so much more. In many instances, once the toxic load has been taken off the organs, the body will heal itself and no further intervention is required. Because this is a CORE THERAPY it can be used in conjunction with any other form of healing technique to enhance vitality and accelerate recovery. 

    So how do Homeobotanical remedies work?

    The big question with all forms of treatment, medical and alternative is “do they really work or is it just the placebo effect?”

    Current research and quantum physics is showing that everything is energy. So not only is it possible, but there is a strong possibility that energy healing is the healing of the future.

    Many people report positive results from working with the remedies. Herbal remedies have been bringing healing relief to people for thousands of years.

    In a study of 50 clinic cases submitted by six different clinicians, Homeobotanical therapy was shown to be effective in 75% of those cases.

    Homeobotanicals have three distinct actions in the body:

    Physical action includes organ drainage or stimulating the elimination of toxins from specific areas of the body. There is a nutritional component, which assists in the assimilation of minerals and other micronutrients.

    Synergistic action which reinforces whatever other healing techniques are being employed as Hb’s maintain balance within the body.

    The Dynamic action arises from homoeopathic potentisation and enables these remedies to directly stimulate healing within the body. The low potency adopted produces a gentle, sustained response resulting in remarkably few problems even in sensitive people. 

    Homoeobotanical remedies  cover a comprehensive range of conditions. All remedies are mutually compatible and can be mixed in an infinite variety of ways to restore the health of a patient.

    They work well with any other forms of healing including allopathic. Many Homoeopaths use Hbs to enhance their practice. You can add them to creams, gels, oils and add in Bach Flower remedies or any flower essence as well as homeopathic remedies to enhance the mix

  • 30 Oct 2019 12:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Hi Patricia, you’ve done quite a bit of activity with ANP – what has your experience of ANP been so far?

    This will be my 4th event with ANP and honestly it’s been great. I’ve enjoyed it so much because I’ve done a lot of talks over the years with different people. What is refreshing about the ANP crowd is that their energy and how they are really engaged with the talk and the questions they ask! As a speaker, it’s great to have an enthusiastic audience. I really felt the enthusiasm from the practitioners for the subject, and their thirst for knowledge about integrative cancer care was great. I wanted to not only get across the research, facts and my experience, but to give the ANP audience the confidence to work in this area. Sometimes the system puts practitioners off or scares them, but we can prove that this is the future of cancer care.

    2. In the nutrition world you are known as being an expert in oncology and cancer care. Can you tell us how you became specialised in this area?

    My background is actually as an oncology nurse working for the NHS, and I’ve done a fair bit of palliative care, too. I’ve come across patients with all sorts of issues, encountering all sorts of problems. My big concern at the time was that people were trying to access information in order to help themselves. I’ve been doing this for 20 years, so this was a long time ago. First of all, when they asked questions about nutrition, I had no answers whatsoever, and then I found the system was actually putting them off looking for their own answers, and belittling their efforts to do so. I was seeing the positive results of my patients who were integrative and changing their diets. So I started to research and research, and work with a lot of people, and clinics around the world. Then I started to bring the information together with my background, and look at how this all fits for people to use. It’s been an interesting journey.

    3.You are speaking at our next ANP event in London; what will you be covering as part of your talk?

    Probably not nearly as much as I’d like to!  What I’d like to cover first of all is the physiology of cancer and how that works in the body generally, because that’s very important. Once you realise that the relationship between cancer and the body is something that can be influenced by nutrition, lifestyle and mind-body interactions, then you realise that the person who is most important here is the individual, not the doctors. So you need to know what the principles of inflammation and angiogenesis are, what drives cancer cells and how they manipulate the body. This gives you the basis for all other strategies. Then I’ll touch upon chemotherapy and radiotherapy, to some degree, and how the practitioners can support patients through this. We will hopefully get to talk about cachexia, a wasting condition, which is one of my favourite subjects that I have specialised in for a long time. We will then look at three individual cancer types; ovarian, breast and a third type in order to outline the differences between them. We’ll hopefully manage to fit all of that in 2 hours! It sounds ridiculous as I say it, doesn’t it? But that’s the aim, because I believe that naturopathic practitioners have a real role to play here and it’s important to give them the platform, knowledge and confidence to do it.

  • 25 Sep 2019 11:57 | Anonymous

    At the 2019 ANP Naturopathic Summit, Dr J. Pizzorno presented his case on chronic disease, explaining that Type II Diabetes has little to do with sugar and everything to do with toxic load. The ANP Summit is an annual extravaganza of academic excellence in the field of Natural Health and this year, Dr Pizzorno explained why toxins are the root of all chronic diseases including Diabetes.

    In his book The Toxin Solution, Dr Pizzorno radically posits that sugar has little effect on diabetes. That is quite a statement for one of the leading global authorities on Natural Medicine to make. Dr Pizzorno says that, in his personal practice, 50% of obese patients have diabetes. Whilst we know that obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, why do half of the obese population develop diabetes and not the other half?

    The answer, says Pizzorno, is down to “Toxic Load”.  Toxic load refers to the number of chemicals a human is exposed to through their environment. These toxins are micro-molecules and industrial chemicals found in water, air, modern plastic packaging and commonly used household products such as paints, synthetic substances, detergents and air fresheners (amongst others).  To test his theory, Dr Pizzorno takes his obese patients through a detoxification programme and finds that, although they remain obese after completing the programme – they are no longer diabetic. By what mechanisms is this possible?

    Dr Pizzorno’s research has identified numerous studies which point to the role of Arsenic (found primarily in chicken, water and rice) blocking the receptors responsible for delivering sugar to human cells. The starved cells then stimulate the release of insulin, triggering sugar cravings and a vicious circle of consuming sugar and not gaining energy begins… eventually leading to Type II Diabetes. By detoxing the Arsenic from the body, cells are no longer blocked from receiving the sugar they need to create energy, insulin levels return to normal and sugar is utilised effectively once more.

    In addition to Arsenic, other environmental toxins can contribute to an increase in Diabetes within the general population. BPA, an aromatised toxin that is released, especially when heat and plastic combine (such as a plastic shower curtain that hangs over a hot bath, or a plastic hot water bottle) will send BPA into the surrounding air to be inhaled. BPA is also released from the inner plastic lining of ‘paper’ coffee cups, canned foods, and milk “cartons” that often have a fine plastic inner lining to prevent leaks. The research shows that increased exposure to BPA doubles the risk of Diabetes Type II.

    PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) are compounds found in electronic equipment coolants, fluorescent light bulbs, vinyl floor coverings and in most electrical equipment that was made before 1977, when the use of PCBs was banned. Nevertheless, PCBs are difficult to destroy and are released into the environment every time commercial equipment is burned or broken down. These particles are then inhaled into the body where they create havoc within the endocrine system. As blood sugar regulation is a hormonal process, any disruption to hormones will contribute to the possibility of Type II Diabetes.

    Apocalyptic? Yes it can feel that way, but fear not, says Pizzorno. The important thing is to be aware of what toxic load can do to your health, take steps to reduce this burden and help your body process toxins out. So what key steps cam a person take?

    First, make sure your home is a clean environment. This begins with the removal of all chemicals and fragrances from your home. Next, a good carbon water filter to remove nasties that are hanging around in your water supply. Paint for indoor decoration should be VOC-, lead- and metal-free. A decent HEPA air filter does an OK job of cleaning air if you can’t stretch to a more expensive one. Outside of that, says Pizzorno, it is important to regularly detoxify yourself by taking adequate rest and relaxation, eating fresh, green leafy organic vegetables and paying close attention to your body. This, says Pizzorno, is how he has reached the age of 74, with a metabolic age of only 44.  

    The Association of Naturopathic Practitioners is a practitioner organisation that campaigns heavily for the use of Natural Therapies in Healthcare. Dr J. Pizzorno, Mike Murray, Kiran Krishan, and many more authorities in the field support and endorse ANP, and help the ANP to achieve its goals.

  • 3 Sep 2019 12:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Q. Who are you and what do you do?

    Since my teens, I was interested in being a herbalist. It was my calling, and I really couldn’t do anything else. By age 18 I was attending university studying botany, but naturopathy didn’t exist. I hadn’t heard of it until I’d been practising for 5 or 6 years, and by that point I didn’t know if I wanted to reach more people. I’ve always kept a small clientele to teach and write. I’m so driven to  teach and write, those two, together, are my path.

    I started practising at The Herbs Store in 1981 with Bob Gallagher, the owner of the store.  One thing he taught me which was really beautiful in the first year. He said –‘The beautiful thing about herbalism, is you can never know it all. There is always another leaf to turn over’. And that is so true! You can never know every single herb or every single application! And that’s been a wonderful little lesson that I learnt early on.

    8 years later I went out and started practising at a Chiropractic clinic, and then I practised on my own for 20 years or so.

    Q. Your approach is very different to what we see in modern times (i.e.: scientific herbalism – using herbs as active chemicals). How is your approach different, and why do you prefer that?

    I practice herbal medicine using small doses, which is not unknown in the whole history of herbal medicine. I also look for the “essence”; how to understand the entire pattern, the wholeness of the herb and the process in the person. In fact, that is what I think is missing in modern herbal medicine and naturopathy sometimes, because it’s looking at chemistry and reductionism down to the particle, rather than the whole process. It's not like the old days, where, for example, you had ‘liver problems’ because of malaria, but nowadays we have ‘gastric problems’ because of the toxins in foods. So you could say, stomach problems/ GI problems, and in modern medicine you’d have a ‘gastroenterologist’ dealing with the specific complaint. As a herbalist, you have to train yourself to see the entire pattern - which is a more intuitive approach. Herbs come straight out of nature to deal with these processes – ie: they deal with too hot, too cold, too light, etc., they accommodate and address those conditions.

    So that’s what we should be doing, building on the folk history and, from that, build on scientific understanding. I have naturally thought this way, although my upbringing was a little different. When I was an infant, we moved to a very isolated Native American reservation in southern Florida and they didn’t speak English as their first language. Although I didn’t learn to talk until after we left, I could understand the people and got a different set of insights and references than from western culture. That’s why I think it is so easy for me to eschew western science and go off in the old intuitive fashion.  Later, I got my Master’s degree from the University of Wales, and that helped me understand and appreciate science in those days – being able to read papers and work from folk medicine to (scientific) papers.

    Q. In your work, you talk a lot about tissue state and that is something that is rarely mentioned now. Why should herbalists stay connected to that?

    Well, it’s about energetics, and it’s the more modern terminology on energetics. If you go to a neurology textbook you will see all those ‘tissue states’. You will have incitation or irritation; that’s overstimulation. Then we have depression, meaning under-stimulation, not mental depression. Then we have relaxation: these are actual medical terms. If you were examining people, you would write their physiology or neurological terms. Then there’s constriction, but I’d say tension, nervous atrophy and torpor  (this doesn’t always appear in textbooks). That’s really stagnation, it’s a little different from relaxation. So, we have 6 tissue states, and they correspond fairly well to old Greek medicine, being: hot, cold, damp, dry.

    Traditionally, energetics was accepted by everyone; Greek, Ayurvedic, Chinese, some Native Americans, and also in African medicine too. It’s about drawing on these traditions from different cultures that we find to be very universal. I would also say that there is spiritualism. Spirts causing the diseases. Then we have humoralism which is an energetic system, and then we have modern medicine, too – so it’s all part of a process.

    Q. You are coming to speak at the ANP Summit. What will you be covering?

    I want to cover some introductory ideas (energetics), but the main thing I will be covering is remedies for tissue states, and the great heritage gift of female reproductive remedies, known from the Native American people. There are about a dozen great female remedies from native America but I will be talking about other things like Rhemmina root and so on because there are some great (other) herbs I want to discuss, as well.

    Q. What is your favourite Herb

    Yarrow. It’s impossible not to love Yarrow. It’s a women’s remedy for heavy bleeding. It’s for cuts,  wounds, fevers and colds. It has very strong control over the neurovascular system, so BOOM it can stop the bleeding in one area , and can spread the capillary blood out elsewhere in the body. It also has more complex internal uses, from GI irritation and lack of tone. It’s also good for fibroids.  It’s one of the better fibroid remedies.

  • 9 Aug 2019 14:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANP EXCLUSIVE: Dr Joe Pizzorno, internationally acclaimed educator, researcher and Naturopath, explains the true cause of Diabetes.

    Let me give you an anecdote from a patient who had diabetes for 15 years: he went to his doctor and was put on insulin. He then went to a naturopath who gave him lifestyle and behavioural advice which definitely improved his blood glucose – but he still had diabetes. He then went on a 9-week detoxification protocol and his diabetes was gone. How?…. [READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE]

  • 5 Jul 2019 15:06 | Anonymous

    Sarah Carolides, Nutritional Therapist at Harvey Nichols shares her business tips with ANP about setting up a successful practice. 

    'Get your elevator pitch ready- be interesting. Do not  just sit there. When you meet someone and they ask what you do, do not say "I am a Nutritional Therapist" - end of conversation'. You have to come up with something a little more interesting... [KEEP READING]

<< First  < Prev   1   2   Next >  Last >>