I have been working with clients typically post cancer treatments for a number of years and following new guidelines I am pleased to share I have successfully completed post-graduate training to work within this field.
The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) recently put new guidance in place. This was closely linked to enhanced training requirements within the NHS around practitioners who wish to work with some specific health concerns, where there is typically a need to work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals and/or there is a heightened risk of doing harm. To support this type of collaboration and the recognition of BANT practitioners with enhanced training BANT updated their guidelines and requirements.
Following submission of my portfolio I have now been recognised as a BANT practitioner with enhanced training to work with clients with suspected cancer diagnosis or diagnosis of cancer. As I write this post I am currently the only recognised BANT practitioner in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and alongside only one other in Buckinghamshire with this level of recognition.
Faced with a cancer diagnosis or an on-going concern around recurrence can be terrifying and hugely stressful. Much of the treatment regimes can feel like we have little control on our on body and limited knowledge. However, one thing we can control is our food and lifestyle and developing good behaviours and habits couldn’t be more important during this time. I have been working in this field for a number of years and have been supporting clients with breast cancer typically with their hormonal health, optimising nutrient levels and their metabolism, post bowel cancer clients with their digestive health and overall wellbeing, and also supporting prostate cancer clients.
Many of these clients visit The Food Teacher™ Clinic annually to check in with regard their overall health, signs and symptoms and to complete tests or share updated test results. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if recovering from cancer treatment or if facing a recent diagnosis. I can also recommend a network of other experienced practitioners and useful support links that may be helpful if I am unable to support you.
As with any nutritional advise guidance can not be based on one model fits all. We are all individuals with different habits, genetics, stress loads etc. For support contact The Food Teacher™ Clinic for a free telephone consultation. You can also book a personalised Nutritional Therapy Consultation.