Nutrition Medicine History and Philosophy
Imagine being told your condition was ‘incurable’ if you were a doctor
That is what happened to me. I begin my career as a resident in Perth and career development took me to Brisbane and then Papua New Guinea (PNG). While working in PNG as a registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology, I was hospitalised with severe migraines. For those who have suffered with them, you know how unpleasant they can be. The migraines stopped me from functioning from my normal life, and after being submitted to hospital, I was told that nothing further could be done and my condition was ‘incurable’.
There was a young Chinese resident however, who had just returned to PNG from Hong Kong after a month long training course in acupuncture techniques. So I asked him to assist me. After four sessions of acupuncture, my life returned to normal. I was cured. At that point, I knew I had to explore medicine outside of what my traditional medical training had taught me.
I made it my mission to explore alternative approaches to patient care
I returned to Brisbane and established my own Private Practice in 1976. I trained in acupuncture and psychotherapy, sensing the value of these disciplines to support my traditional medical training. Also around this time, I commenced studying nutrition as I realised the underlying significance of impaired nutrition in the disease process. I was excited to realise for the first time that diet and nutrition supplementation alone are often sufficient to arrest many disease processes, and in most instances, achieve regeneration to optimal health.
Without setting out to do so, I become a leader within my field of expertise
I have continued by study of nutrition by attending conferences, keeping in contact with an international network of colleagues and remaining up-to-date with the latest international research and journals. In 1989 I commenced lecturing on nutrition at the Open International University for Complementary Medicines (United Nations charter) in Sri Lanka.
I was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Alternative Medicine. In 1992 I was designated a Knight of Grace of the International Gran Priory of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Knight of Malta) for Meritorious Service to International Medicine.
Realising a vision for my patients benefit today
This clinic was first established in 1980, as the Holistic Medical Centre. Our vision at the time was to enable our patients achieve the best health profile possible by helping them take charge and make the most of their opportunities.
Today this vision continues – investigate – inform – improve.
Our services are designed to assist clients regain control of their health and well being. This is a universal theme we find will all patients to our service – regardless of their specific situation. We offer patients access to high quality orthodox medicine, combined with advanced medical clinical nutrition. This can be enhanced by complementary medicine practices such as nutrition analysis, herbal medicine and acupuncture. Sound patient case management remains at the heart of what we do.
A combined approach to healthcare has been shown to create a substantial benefit in the management and resolution of many chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue and bowel disorders. The approach is also useful in preventative health programs including weight reduction, pre and post natal health, osteoporosis prevention, hormone replacement therapy, retardation of aging and post-operative recovery.
At NutritionMedicine, we consider ourselves a part of our patients client health management team. We are happy to work in conjunction with your Family General Practitioner and other Medical Specialists that may be required.
I look forward to meeting you when you attend my clinic and us making real progress together towards your better health.