Why choose the Integrated College of Nutrition and Homeopathy?
The easy answer is society needs practitioners that can meet the demands of the 21st Century.
21st century life is very different: food is no longer the same, toxins in the environment are not only more toxic but more present, medications are no longer meeting the needs of the individual, the so-called ‘block buster drugs’ no longer exist, as the side effects outweigh the benefits. Science is discovering that as humans we are more complex than we initially thought, even to the point that the microbiome, these small amazing bugs in our body, can create either havoc or harmony (think Delhi belly) and it seems they have the upper hand. Antibiotics that were once thought to be miracle drugs (and in certain cases they still are) are now proving to be wiping out these vital life forms that are critical for our well-being. So how do we equip practitioners for the new era? We believe that by providing a holistic health education that takes ALL this into consideration, our graduates will have all the skills to address these modern day problems. The course at the College is relevant, cutting edge, as well as NECESSARY for any practitioner who is gearing up for this generation and future generations. The material taught in every session is packed with fundamental and indispensable knowledge.
Let’s expand a little more on this question…..
WHY WOULD YOU SEE A NUTRITIONIST?
It could be for a plethora of reasons including:
- weight issues
- high blood pressure
- digestive issues
- thyroid problems
- autoimmune conditions
to name but a few.
These above conditions may well be due to a myriad of causes:
- poor dietary habits
- heavy metal toxicity
- poor microbiome balance
- hormonal imbalances
- ‘blocked up’ detox pathways, such as the phase 1 enzymes
- use of ongoing medications for example, antibiotics or pain killers
- taking a ‘one size fits all’ approach to supplementation
- mineral imbalances
BUT these issues may also be due to lifestyle factors such as the work environment, financial issues, family life, personal relationships, life stage, poor self-belief structures, mind blocks, traumatic childhood experiences, inherited trans-generational patterns … and many more.
We have to keep in mind that human beings are MORE than a physical body. So…..
WHY WOULD YOU SEE A HOMEOPATH?
For the same reasons as above, however more people connect homeopathy to the MIND-BODY approach. So you may be more than likely to see a homeopath for depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder – as well as the physical conditions.
A nutritionist is trained to look at nutrition or nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, analyse the gut microbiome, determine mineral imbalances, analyse detoxification capacity, elucidate hormonal imbalances such as oestrogen dominance through various tests, recommend lifestyle changes.
A homeopath is trained to look at the whole person, the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The homeopathic consultation is a different process to the nutrition consultation. Homeopaths focus on the psychological aspects, the “core” of what is creating the “dis-ease” and seek to address the imbalance by prescribing homeopathic medicines which stimulates the energy of the individual to restore balance and therefore health.
However, we know in the 21st century, to address ‘dis-ease’ as homeopaths we also need to address nutrition and lifestyle factors – hence the integration of the two therapeutic modalities.
The inclusion of life coaching as a complementary and vital component of both homeopathy and nutrition, is because belief systems, mindset and behavioural patterns are also part of the healing process.
Did you know that….
- between 40-60% of the digestive process is triggered by the mind?
- various nutritional archetypes have a different relationship with food?
- pleasure impacts digestion and assimilation?
We look at ‘who we are as individuals’ and/or ‘who we are as eaters’. It is not just about food on the plate or the microbiome, the hormonal imbalances or nutritional deficiencies, but more about who we are as human BE-ings. What we think, feel and believe has a huge impact on our health and wellbeing.
We hope this has answered a few of the questions we have been receiving, but if you have any more we would love to hear from you.
Gordon and Khush