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Frequently Asked Questions


‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’
Hippocrates 470-410 BC

What is the difference between a dietician, a nutritionist and a nutritional therapist?

Dieticians work mainly in the National Health Service. They are trained in clinical practice to give individual personal health advice but do not use supplementary nutrients at a therapeutic level, engage in preventing less than optimal health or take into account every patient’s biochemical, genetic and physiological individuality.

Nutritionists often work outside a clinical context. They are qualified to provide information to the public about food and healthy eating. In as far as The Nutrition Society has defined their role, nutritionists are not trained in clinical practice and do not give direct health-related advice to individuals.

Nutritional Therapists are trained in clinical practice and encompass a holistic approach by the use of carefully compiled individual prescriptions for diet and lifestyle in order to promote optimal health. These recommendations may include guidance on natural detoxification, procedures to promote colon health, methods to support digestion and absorption, the avoidance of ingestion or inhalation of toxins or allergens and the appropriate use of supplementary nutrients.

Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional.

While Nutritional Therapists work privately, they are happy to work closely with your General Practitioner or Consultant, with your permission, in order to optimise your health. They also often work with patients under the NHS who have been referred to them by General Practitioners.

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