Nutritional Therapy

Linda Hood, dipCNM, mBANT,CNHC

Registered Nutritional Practitioner

Nutritional Therapy at the Broughty Practice is provided by Linda Hood, a Registered Nutritional Practitioner.  Linda recently graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Edinburgh and is now registered with The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) which is the ‘gold standard’ professional body for Nutritional Practitioners.  Linda has had a life-long passion for nutrition and enthusiastically employs the latest evidence-based thinking in nutrition and health science derived from published primary research (at the cellular level) from all around the World.

 What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition and health science to enable individuals to maximise their health potential through bespoke nutritional and lifestyle programmes.

Nutritional Therapy can assist with many conditions, some examples are:
·       Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME ·       Coeliac disease ·       Digestive issues
·       High Blood Pressure ·       High cholesterol ·       Hypothyroidism
·       Irritable bowel syndrome ·       Menopause ·       Obesity
·       Polycystic ovarian syndrome ·       Premenstrual syndrome ·       Stress
About Nutritional Therapists

Nutritional Therapists are trained to identify and understand nutritional imbalances and how these may contribute to a range of symptoms and health concerns. Diet and lifestyle are often the underlying causes or triggers for a patient’s presenting symptoms.  Nutritional Therapists work directly with patients to assess their dietary needs, address nutritional imbalances and to encourage important dietary and lifestyle changes.

Nutritional Therapists DO: Nutritional Therapists DO NOT:
Take an evidence-based approach. Advise on acute medical conditions.
Take an individualised and holistic approach. Practise alternative medicine.
Give specific and practical dietary and lifestyle advice. Diagnose or claim to treat or cure any illness.
Collaborate with GPs and other healthcare professionals. Use unproven modalities.
Consider drug-nutrient interactions.  
Provide health education and guidance.  
Take responsibility for their advice.  
Nutritional Therapists can support the GP service by:
  • reducing the number of GP appointments along with lowering prescription and co-morbidity costs;
  • addressing exhausted medical treatment options (for example, where there may not be a good risk/benefit ratio, as can be the case with e.g. sleep medications);
  • improving patients’ outcomes – GPs tend not to have received training in nutrition.
What is the function of The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT)?

The primary function of BANT is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice as detailed in the BANT Professional Practice Handbook.  Members also follow the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics, and the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.  The CNHC and HCPC are both subsidiary organisations to the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA).  Members must have appropriate qualifications, professional insurance and undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

 

Cost

Initial consultation £70 – approximately 90 minutes

Follow-up consultation £35 – approximately 60 minutes

 

Testing

A full range of biochemical testing* is available which will assist in recommending a more targeted nutritional programme where relevant.  For example, testing might include:

  • Adrenal stress management
  • Digestive and parasitology testing
  • DNA testing for nutritional insights
  • Female hormone panel
  • Food intolerance testing
  • Full thyroid assessment
  • Hair mineral analysis

*Testing is only offered after an initial nutritional therapy consultation.

Contact details

Email:       nutrition@broughty-ferry.com

Phone: 01382774200

Mobile: 07960 756745

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