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Happy Christmas!

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The end of 2018 is fast approaching and Christmas is within sight! I thought I would take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year. Whether you are with family and friends or travelling abroad, I hope you enjoy the blessings of this special season. As December marches on, I have also taken the time to look back over the year and reflect on all my clients and on the courses and lectures that have given me fascinating insights into some very troublesome health problems. What follows is a glimpse into what I have been up to in 2018. But before you read on, you might like to have a look at this delicious looking recipe for Christmas Pudding, sent to me by one of my clients. Enjoy!


Looking back at 2018

Nutrition is an amazing thing! Not only is it my passion, I have also had the privilege to learn from some of the top people in their field this year. Many of you will know that I am equally passionate about helping my clients get back to their full health and potential as well as about learning to keep on top of my game. These are wonderful things to be passionate about when you work as a Nutritional Therapist!

Interestingly, I have found that people with similar conditions come and see me one after the other. Towards the end of last year, co-incidentally (or not!), I found myself being approached by many people with small intestinal bacteria overgrowth also known as SIBO. For those of you who do not know what this is, it is when normal bacteria moves from the large intestine and pushes up into the small intestine resulting in unpleasant IBS-type symptoms (e.g. bloating or flatulence, diarrhoea or constipation, and pain). People can complain of having IBS for no apparent reason. Thankfully, at the same time these precious people were approaching me, I completed a wonderful advanced course in this subject by Dr Allison Siebecker. Dr Siebecker is considered the top specialist in America in SIBO and her course gave me additional tools to support and rebalance the gut as well as an additional interest in gut health. Consequently, I have focused my learning on supporting digestive health this year.



I started by choosing an advanced course in immunology. Certain clients were getting 75% better but then either regressing or not moving forward. I realised that there were a couple of missing links.  Firstly, I realised that it is vital to support the immune system in the gut so that the individual’s body could recognise what is coming through as a friend or a foe. The immune system then does a lot of the hard work of rebalancing gut bacteria without intervention (using instead anti-microbials, also known as natural antibiotics). There is definitely a place for anti-microbials but I have learnt that it is essential that you optimise immunity before using them. Without supporting a person’s immune system first, rebalancing gut bacteria is unlikely to hold and this becomes more difficult, particularly the older the person is. This course also covered food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies; autoimmunity; high histamine reactions (hives, hayfever, etc)…as you can see, it was very thorough!



The second missing link was stress. Last year I did an incredible two-day residential course in HeartMath which has been scientifically proven to reduce stress hormone production. For more information, please look at the page on my website. This year I went to London to do a seminar on supporting sleep which, as we all know, is essential for a balanced production of stress hormones. Many of you may know that lack of sleep has been my weakness for a number of years so all these tools have not only been helpful for my clients but also for me. It has given me greater resilience and helped me make better choices of my use of time.  Saying that, it is still a working process! I have begun to use a wonderful test called the DUTCH Adrenal urine analysis which has given a far greater insight into how my clients are coping with everyday stress.


Gastrointestinal Health

Finally, last month I finished Mastercourse in Gastrointestinal Health. This course built on what I had learnt to date and gave me some wonderful clinical pearls and insights. Did you know the body’s microbiome (the trillions of bacteria all over the body) is so finely balanced that any imbalances affects all areas of health? It specifically impacts on metabolic disease (including obesity and type 2 diabetes), mental health (including depression and anxiety), vaginal health (including thrush and urinary tract infections) and inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and the various forms of Colitis).  Since finishing this course, I have also been using a cutting-edge, new stool analysis called a GI MAP. So, what a great way to finish off the year in the area I am so interested in!


Specific Health Conditions

Whilst doing courses to support the body systemically as above, I have also done several smaller courses on specific health conditions. These include Psoriasis, Menopause, Chronic Fatigue and ME, Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease, Histamine problems and Helibacter Pylori infections. This has given me greater tools not only to target the underlying causes of health conditions but also bring symptom relief. One’s practise should always been changing and developing and as you can see 2018 has brought a wealth of new research to my work. Please do contact me if any of this is of interest to you or if you would like to discuss it with me in your consultations.

I wish you all a very happy and restful Christmas with many blessings along the way!

From Emma

Emma Maitland-Carew MBANT, Registered Nutritionist in Oxford and Bloxham, Oxfordshire

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