Information for Doctors and Medical Professionals
As naturopaths, we are not able to give medical advice, diagnosis, drug prescriptions or other restricted activities. What we do is quite different, as we are concerned with identifying nutritional and metabolic imbalances and getting the body back to a healthy state if a client is unable to do that by him or herself. We do this primarily by using laboratory testing for nutrient levels, gut health and toxin exposure. That way we know which areas of nutritional health need supporting. We can also check that any interventions are working by retesting. The sort of interventions we use include focused diet, food supplements and other safe, legal and gentle solutions. But a large part of what we do is also coaching people to look after their health or that of their children.
Our work is complementary to what doctors do, in that we often support general health while a client is under medical attention. A simple example is that a person taking antibiotics would usually benefit from a probiotic to restore their gut microbiome. Similarly, some diagnosed health conditions under medical treatment benefit from a nutritional approach for support. An example of that would be coeliac disease where we can give advice and coaching on a following a delicious, nourishing gluten-free diet and also ensure ferritin, vitamin B12 and vitamin D are monitored regularly.
Quite often, clients come to us when they have some complaint that is not recognised by their GP as being a problem worth treating, where the complaint is recognised, but the GP has not been able to make a diagnosis, or where the complaint is diagnosed, but considered untreatable.
In these cases, we apply our tried and tested approach of laboratory testing for health and nutrition levels, as we find that suboptimal health can exacerbate the symptoms of some complaints. Sometimes, our testing has enabled us to send clients back to their GPs with more evidence for diagnosis; and in other cases, the underlying complaint has improved or been eliminated. Obviously this does not always work, and nothing is guaranteed. But for many people, especially those with no other choice, this can be a useful, comforting and safe approach.
Open and transparent
We encourage (and sometimes advise strongly) our clients to tell their GP what diet, supplements and lifestyle changes we have suggested. Equally, we have an extensive health history questionnaire for clients to tell us what medical interventions are involved, so that we can all be aware of any possible interactions.
How we can work with you:
- Nutritional analysis – You may already have blood, urine and stool tests available for patients which we can analyse to advise on diet, lifestyle changes or food supplements. We recommend The Doctors Laboratory and Biolab in London for any additional tests needed. Test kits can be posted if it is easier to find a local phlebotomist, so it is good to have contact with surgeries that can help them.
- Behavioural issues – Nutrition and health coaching can help complement your medical approach, especially where diet and lifestyle factors are known to help manage the outcome of a specific condition.
- Referrals – We always like to know specialist practitioners, and although we do not make referrals ourselves, we are happy to provide recommendations that clients can go to their GPs with.
Dr Richard Fry
Consultant Child, Family and Adult Psychiatrist
We work collaboratively with Dr Richard Fry in supporting his medical practice with natural health and dietary interventions. Dr Fry is able to perform proper medical oversight for patient safety when naturopathy is used as an adjunct to his conventional treatment.
Learn more about Dr Fry
Dr Fry is a Consultant Child and Family Psychiatrist and practised in the NHS as a Consultant and Clinical Director. He works with a selected group of colleagues from various backgrounds offering a multi-disciplinary approach to the wide spectrum of problems that are presented. Dr Fry worked as a GP and then exclusively as an Adult Psychiatrist for some years before entering the field of Child and Family work and is also a fully trained family therapist.