Stress and anxiety is a negative influence in all disease.I always deliver a two pronged holistic approach to stress and mental illness for the patients I see in my clinic. I consider thoughts and emotions to be energy; and negative energy is something I feel acts very much like a toxin to the system and eventually the physical health begins to suffer.
For the 'toxic energy' side of the problem I use homeopathic type remedies; especially the flower and gem essences. I cross reference the information you give me during the consultation together with the radionic scans to ascertain the most appropriate remedies. These are delivered as a treatment first via specially designed hand pads directly through the body. This is the point at which you will first start to feel the effects which are evident by a feeling of profound relaxation and peace, sometimes accompanied by a subtle 'pins and needles' sensation in the hands.
A remedy vial will be included for you to take home and take regularly according to specific instructions. You will also get a little case made of special black carbonised plastic to protect the remedy from electro-magnetic fields in the environment.
The second 'prong' of my therapeutic approach is nutritional. I will look specifically at the following issues and propose remedial action:
- Quality of diet
- Defficiencies of nutrients that support the nervous system
- Support for neurotransmitter production
- Lifestyle - excercise, stress management
- Sleep pattern
Making sure your diet is good, varied and balanced is the first and most important thing to address. Generally and where there are no medical contraindications, a good guide is:
- At least 600g of vegetables, berries and fruits daily
- Fats from nuts, almonds, seeds, fish, cold pressed and unrefined vegetable oils and moderate animal fat from grass fed animals and game
- High quality protein with each meal
- Small to moderate amounts of unrefined concentrated carbohydrates (whole grains and legumes) depending on body fat and blood sugar control
- Good hydration by at leaset 8x8oz glasses of water per day
- Regular eating with three main meals per day
- Using the 'T-plate' model for main meals. Imagine a 'T' placed over your plate. Everything above the T, which is at least 50% should be vegetables, and the two remaining parts should be high quality protein and fat on one side and unrefined carbohydrates on the other; sometimes less if there is an issue with body fat composition and/or controlling blood sugar.
Important nutrients - Equally important as the basic diet is to make sure that there are sifficient amounts of the nutrients and other compounds known to be of utmost importance to the brain and central nervous system. These are:
Folate, zinc, vitamin B12, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Iron, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, probiotics
No curative claims are being made for mental health issues using optimized nutrition alone but without it, treatment and management becomes harder if not impossible. More traditional approaches such as psychotherapy, stress counselling, medication used when necessary, should always be used alongside nutritional and lifestyle interventions.
Sleep - getting enough is an absolute necessity when it comes to mental health and well being. When i worked as a specialist nurse in addiction recovery the most important factor in helping the client was the reestablishment of a normal sleep pattern. I advice my clients not to be too worried about number of hours sleep as we all differ in our needs from 6-8 hours is considered normal but remember that if you reel relaxed and rested during the night this can count as sleep too. You should feel refreshed from the sleep you do have and if not then quality of sleep has to be looked at as this is just as important as quantity.
General advice is to create an optimum sleeping environment by:
- Cutting down on or completely avoiding caffeine: you should substitute green tea, fruit tea or herbal tea as the latest hot drink of the day
- Cut down or completely avoid alcohol - a real sleep destroyer
- Avoid high-glyceamic foods from lunch onwards, except if it is right after vigorous excercise
- Sleep in complete darkness
- Turning off electrical equipment at night especially wireless transmitter devices in order to reduce electromagnetic radiation
- Do not sleep with any electrical device especially your mobile phone near to your head