What is Naturopathic Nutrition?

Sometimes known as naturopathic nutritional therapy or holistic nutrition, naturopathic nutrition is traditionally viewed as a therapy which uses a fresh, natural diet as a treatment for disease.

There is no doubt that this approach can be very successful, especially for individuals whose habitual diet is unhealthy. In fact public health advisors now recommend that we eat at least five (preferably 5-9) daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables – a policy of which the early naturopaths would have very much approved.

Modern Naturopathic Nutrition

However not all health problems can be resolved simply by eating a better diet. The modern western diet, together with pollution and the excessive use of antibiotics has led to epidemics of long-term health problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome which, while still being curable using natural methods, need a more complex approach.

Modern naturopathic nutritionists are trained in the detailed workings of the body and its metabolism. This enables them not only to explain to individuals how their illness may have started but also to design a tailor-made nutrition and health program, explain how it works, and guide the client through it, adapting it as necessary and working through any problems that may arise.

Naturopathic nutritionists are also trained in the use of specialized lab tests  which can help them to tailor a nutritional supplement program.

Naturopathic nutrition is based on good science

A large volume of research which goes back for many decades is not included in the curriculum of most colleges, medical schools and universities. This research consistently demonstrates that methods based on naturopathic nutrition can be very successful in reversing a chronic (long-term) health condition.

In addition to diet and supplements, naturopathic nutritionists also use safe herbal products and are trained to guide individuals through procedures designed to find out whether any specific staple foods are aggravating their condition.

A true alternative to ‘temporary relief’

Chronic diseases such as arthritis, IBS, eczema and women’s hormonal problems cannot be cured by conventional medicine, which relies on palliative (temporary relief) treatments.

On the other hand many people have gained long-term relief by following the advice of a naturopathic nutritionist.

We hope to welcome you to train with us as a naturopathic nutrition advisor:  click here to read our prospectus.

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    I have many books by what I consider to be alternative methods advocates like Harry Benjamin, Stanley Lief, Cyril Scott, Linda Clarke, Lelord Korder and Max Warmbrand as well as publications of the Life Extension Foundation; would I still learn something new from this course?

  • Linda Lazarides said,

    This is a very good question – one which a lot of people want to ask. There is a difference between book information and practical work. For a start, authors often contradict each other, and I have known patients who ate a dangerously restricted diet because each different book they read blamed yet another food for all the ills of the world. Similarly, many people take 30 or more different supplement pills a day because they have read different books or articles which claim that one particular supplement is the answer to their health problem.
    What I can teach you is how to extract the most useful and practical information from your pool of knowledge, and how to apply it to individuals who need help, in a professional systematic rather than haphazard way. In other words, you will learn an approach that inspires confidence in your patients and gets the good results you need to gain a reputation as a good practitioner.

  • Latifa said,

    Hi! Once I have graduated,should I take a course in herbology?

  • Linda Lazarides said,

    In this course you will learn how to integrate basic herbal therapy into a nutritional health program, using safe, non-toxic herbs. In most cases additional herbs are not required, so taking an additional course should not be necessary in order to be an effective natural health practitioner.

  • Susannah said,

    Hello, I was looking into studying Holistic Nutrition in some form. Is your course similar to this concept, or how is it different/better? Thanks :)

  • Naturostudy said,

    What we do can be described with quite a lot of different names, which can be very confusing. Holistic nutrition, naturopathic nutritional therapy, wellness counselling and health coaching all share the same principles: using nutrition and diet to help people prevent or overcome health problems.
    In addition to this our course teaches an in-depth knowledge of the naturopathic principles of disease causation, and forms a bridge between traditional holistic (naturopathic) knowledge and modern research. We believe this will provide our students with the tools to be the most effective natural health practitioners. Our course has added value as it takes you to an advanced level within one year instead of three.

  • Hardip said,

    In this course will you learn how to heal the gut with good food and probiotics given that a toxic gut is the source of many health complaints?
    I have a particular interest in autism and mental health and the works of Dr Natasha Campbell Mcbride (GAPS diet) and The body ecology diet as both address the source of much ill health (a toxic gut) rather than aimlessly prescribing a host of vitamins (as many nutritionists do.

  • Naturostudy said,

    Healing the gut is an important part of what we teach. The course includes much information about a holistic approach to autism.

  • Samantha said,

    Hello, I am very interested in this course, but I want to make sure I would be learning enough valuable information before I start paying the fees. Could you give me a bit more information about what the course teaches? Like how much does it go into herbal medicine or other forms of holistic therapy? and does it talk about natural cures for cancer or prevention of major diseases through diet and lifestyle? I am very interested in the idea of using a treatment similar to Gerson Therapy to cure and restore health to my clients, would this course help me in that? I just wonder the key principles taught in this course, and do we really get lots of valuable information?

  • Naturostudy said,

    Samantha, many thanks for your enquiry. Our protocols are primarily nutrition-based, with the assistance of a limited number of herbal products, and Bach Flower remedies to help with emotional problems. We use herbs holistically, to correct body functions rather than just to treat symptoms, therefore we need only a small herbal repertoire as the foods and nutrients do most of the work. The vast majority of the training program consists of about a quarter of a million words in the form of 10 module books concisely written for the course. Considerable portions of the module books are devoted to cancer and its natural therapy, and we cover the Gerson therapy in some detail. To gain an idea of the quality of teaching you may consider reading books by our Course Director Linda Lazarides, such as the Waterfall Diet. An outline of our syllabus can be found at http://www.naturostudy.org/prospectus/, and testimonials from former students can be found at http://www.naturostudy.org/testimonials/. You are welcome to contact us with any other queries you may have.

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