Up until my teens, my own health had been pretty good but then at university, my energy levels dived and I slept through every single lecture (I simply could not keep my eyes open). I have a pretty strong work ethic, so I revised in between naps and just squeezed a degree through. After university I landed a job as an analyst in the city at an investment bank, which was quite a pressure. I relied on four sleeps per day (including a couple of sneaky ones at work most days!) to get through and slept a great deal at the weekends. By this point I also had quite bad gut problems and my periods only came a few times a year. Eventually, very weak and in pain, I crawled in to see a gastro-enterologist and he shrugged it off as IBS, saying I should learn to live with it.
One day after working through the weekend, I just crashed in front of my boss. I was beyond exhausted. The bank’s GP said my blood tests were all OK and nothing more could be done. This is when a lady on my desk suggested I go and see a naturopathic iridologist, and that had to be worth a try.
This appointment, with the lovely and talented naturopathic iridologist Harriet Di Luzio, literally transformed my life. Out went the Diet Coke and fat-free yoghurt for breakfast and in came a wheat-free, dairy-free diet. With a 10-day liver cleanse and some blood sugar balancing herbs I was a completely different person, half a stone lighter, bouncing out of bed at 5.30am every day and no naps needed! Slowly over the next few months, the myriad of niggly symptoms started to disappear.
This was so transformational, at my follow-up appointment, all I wanted to know was where to train, so I enrolled on a course with the Holistic Health College almost immediately! I started seeing patients after work at home – my first client was in my lunch break in a garden square in the City of London.
Since then I have studied at the Functional Medicine University which has allowed my practice to be more integrated and to have a more evidence-based approach.
I am now a mother of three gorgeous kids. But like most parents, it hasn’t always been easy. My eldest had some co-ordination problems which affected his writing and organisation, and some chronic bowel issues. My daughter developed a tick-borne disease and my youngest had a significant milk protein intolerance as a baby and toddler. They have all benefited hugely from focused nutrition and food supplements. My passion for paediatric nutrition from the functional medicine approach continues and I was lucky to write a nutrition bible and cookbook The Good Stuff which was published by Short Books in 2018.
When talking to patients, I often discover things that should have been obvious before, but no one had ever taken the time to unearth them. But the cornerstone of my work is rigorous lab tests which take the guesswork out of health plans.
Then by using food, natural food supplements, herbs and a positive approach to health habits, working in collaboration with clients – holding their hands where necessary, we manage to achieve great results.
Today, I am lucky enough to have a very busy naturopathic practice with an amazing team of NatureDoc practitioners, and a super web shop. As a team, we work collaboratively bringing our many years of clinical experience together, to help many many people of all ages get their health back on track and reach their potential.
I feel I am the luckiest person in the world helping families and individuals to reach their health goals and realise that nature knows best.
Lucinda has around 20 years of experience as a naturopath and gained a diploma in Naturopathic Iridology and Western Herbal Medicine (MGNI MRNI MH) from The Holistic Health College. In 2008 she gained a further diploma from Functional Medicine University and is a fully qualified NLP coach and mentor for kids with ADHD and Autism.
She is a full member of the Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists and the British Herbal Medicine Association and the Association of Master Herbalists.
She is a mother of three children and lives in Wiltshire.