Q. Why restrict your work to breast cancer? Isn’t your research and work suitable for many other cancers?
I restrict my focus because it takes all my time to keep up with the research on breast cancer and, although most cancers share many similarities, they also have key differences. Also, my personal experience with breast cancer gives me more affinity and empathy with my clients which works well for both of us.
Q. I know you focus on breast cancer but I also suffer from migraine and eczema – can we talk about that too?
A. Nutritional therapy is a holistic way of looking at health care which means we look at all aspects of your health in order to work out what’s going wrong. Other health problems give us vital clues as to what imbalances may be present and the aim is always to find the root cause and solve all your health problems.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
That depends on you. I always try to cover the basics in the first two sessions and that’s enough for many people. Further sessions are a matter of choice – for example if you have some coaching issues to address or if you decide to do some functional or genetic testing. In our first session I will tell you what I have learned from analysing your questionnaire and explain the ways we can move forward. I will always try to work within your budget and timeframe.
Q. I want my mum to come and see you. Can you help her?
It is always heartbreaking when a loved one gets cancer, especially if they don’t see it quite the same way you do. But, you know, nutritional therapy comes with a lot of home work and although it’s evidence-based, there’s a certain amount of belief required to provide the necessary motivation. So I don’t recommend persuading friends and relatives to come and see me, and I don’t think it’s a good idea to pay for other people to receive a consultation. In my experience it just doesn’t work as well.
Q. When is the best time to book an initial appointment with you?
I used to think that it was better to wait until after treatment so that you’re not trying to juggle too many things at once, but we are learning so much now about ways that your diet can help to improve your experience of treatment – and even make it more effective – that I recommend clients get in touch as soon as they have a clear diagnosis. Without wishing to sound flippant, the very best time is before diagnosis but that rarely happens due to human nature.
Q. How secure is the information you hold about me?
Obviously, I need to receive and process sensitive personal information in order to do my work. That data may be held on paper or digitally on my computer, and it may include all sorts of information and notes from our conversations, and from medical, functional and genetic tests as well as information you share with me about your emotional and psychological health. My computer is password protected and my client notes are held in the cloud, also password protected. From time to time, I may hold some information on paper in my office at home while we are actively working together; all papers are regularly scanned and shredded after our work is complete. I will never share your information with anyone without your permission and I don’t run any commercial marketing software. You are welcome to see any data I hold in your name by sending an email request to email@example.com. I am the person responsible for holding your data and I will happily amend anything that is incorrect on request.