Nutrition FAQ - The Optimum Health Clinic

Nutrition FAQ

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1. I think I have Candida, but I have been on anti-Candida treatment for many years and nothing has changed – what do you do to work with this that is different from other clinics?

We feel quite strongly about this area, partly due to certain misconceptions amongst some nutritionists that Candida is the key for everyone. This is simply not true, as scientific research and clinical experience is increasingly proving. Whilst it can be an important area to address, it is not the only area. Chronic Candida is quite often simply a symptom of other problems such as toxic metals, immune imbalances and mitochondrial malfunction. Furthermore, we find that addressing these kinds of underlying imbalances in addition, is key in helping patients recover.

Click here to see our video on candida.

2. I can’t tolerate many supplements and I have multiple food intolerances – how can you help me?

This is often a problem for the patients we work with. With the right support and guidance from our highly experienced team, we often find that patients starting on very low dosages of supplements, over time can often develop a tolerance, by gradually increasing their dosages. Identifying specific nutrient and food intolerances, toxic metals and lymph and gut health, then liver congestion and clearing those first, is often the key factor to reducing supplement intolerances.

We have also found work on the psychology side of the clinic to often be very effective to correct underlying stress patterns that can also be triggering intolerances.

Click here to see our series of videos on supplements reactions.

3. I have heavy toxic metal toxicity (mercury, nickel etc); can you help?

Detoxifying from toxic metals, as well as from a whole range of pesticides and other toxic chemicals, is an integral part of our protocol at the clinic. We have extensive experience testing and working with these imbalances, and find that the removal of these kinds of toxins can be a major factor contributing to the improvement and recovery of many patients.

4. I am on a lot of medication prescribed by a GP – can you still help me?

As qualified nutritionists, we are trained to understand drug-nutrient interactions, and can work with you to create a customised programme whilst on drugs for other health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis. It goes without saying that for these conditions it is also very important to be in regular contact with your GP.

5. How do the consultations actually work and what do they cost?

Initial consultations: £260

This includes everything outlined in our Treatment Outlines document, and includes 1 hour with your practitioner and your practitioner will spend at least another hour on your case (often considerably more ) in preparation, analysis and write up time outside the consultation.

Follow up consultations: £150 per hour, which includes around 45 minutes on the phone with your practitioner and 15 minutes of write up time outside of the consultation.

The initial consultation takes the following format: firstly your practitioner will discuss the intricacies of your case in great detail, and following this, advice will then be given as to what is likely to be going on for you. Secondly, you are then given an overview of the food and dietary recommendations, and started on a basic supplement programme (or will have your current regime updated to the latest protocols), and finally you will be advised of any tests that may be appropriate. Patients are given a great deal of support at the initial consultation to help make any changes recommended.

After the initial consultation there is usually one follow up within five weeks – this is usually to cover any test results that have come back, and to monitor supplement and dietary changes that have been implemented. Following this, most nutrition consultations are every 6-8 weeks. Follow up consultations cover any problems the patients may have encountered with supplements, dietary changes, or other lifestyle recommendations. Follow ups also keep the patient moving to ensure we are addressing all areas we have identified.

It is also worth knowing that practitioners in our nutrition department only see around 12 patients each a week. Therefore, for every charged hour, there is actually around 3 hours of work that goes in through ongoing research, internal training, and case study analysis with the team. This is one of the keys to developing our world leading protocol and making sure you get the very best support possible.

6. What do the supplements cost?

The cost of supplements varies. Patients receive supplement recommendation sheets with information about where they can order the supplements for themselves. The clinic policy is to recommend the most effective supplement to do a particular job, but all recommendations also take into account the patient’s financial and practical limitations; for example budget available per month, and the ability to swallow capsules. These are all details you can discuss with your practitioner.

7. What does your treatment involve?

The practitioners in the clinic are nutritionists, not doctors, so we do not use or prescribe any drug therapy at the clinic. We do not however disapprove of the use of pharmaceuticals by patients, where they are necessary or helpful, and are prescribed by a qualified medical professional.

Our treatments mainly include nutritional supplements, and advice on food and diet. Our therapies also include non-nutritional forms of advice, including far infra red sauna therapy and dry skin brushing. We will also, with your agreement, organise any test that we deem appropriate for you. These include everything from stool, saliva, sweat, blood, fat and hair tests carried out in numerous labs here in the UK and the US. Some of the tests we use are:

  • Adrenal Stress Index Test
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis/Gastro-intestinal Function
  • Vitamin & mineral status (blood test)
  • ATP Profile/Mitochondrial Function
  • Translocator Protein Study
  • Cell FreeDNA
  • SODase
  • Co-enzyme Q10
  • Epithelial growth factor (sEGF) for stomach acid
  • Glutathione studies
  • DNAAdducts
  • Full Thyroid Panels
  • Urine Iodine/Halides
  • Leaky Gut (Gut Permeability)
  • Food & environmental Intolerances & Allergies
  • Candida Antibody
  • Kryptopyrroles/Pyroluria
  • Toxic Metals
  • Metal or chemical Sensitivity
  • Fat Biopsy for Pesticides and Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Essential Fatty Acid Profile

8. I am not mobile, neither do I live in London. Are you still able to help me?

Yes – we have patients all over the world. We do either telephone or Skype consultations for people who have difficulty traveling or live outside of the UK.

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