Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What can a Nutritionist like Sally do for my health?Many people assume a Nutritionist just advises someone on how to eat healthy food and count calories! But Sally's approach is very different to that of a classic dietician. For starters her studies were not in the field of dietetics, but more along the lines of Orthomolecular / Nutritional Medicine, where she learnt to use food and nutrients in medicinal doses, to heal the body from illness, rather than using pharmaceutical medicine and how to implement preventative health programs to ensure optimal health.
Sally's holistic approach to health - meaning the whole person is treated when they come for treatment, takes into account their physical, mental emotional and spiritual self. What they eat, how they eat, when they eat, what is their relationship with food, for instance do they commonly look for food on the run, something quick, high in sugar or salt, or do they seek out nutritious, whole foods, taking time to eat slowly in a happy relaxed environment. A person's lifestyle choices, career, living environment, relationships, etc has a major influence on their health and wellbeing, so all of these factors are taken into account when assessing and treating each patient.
What is Orthomolecular Medicine?Orthomolecular medicine, was conceptualized by the renowned double-Nobel prize winning, Chemist Linus Pauling. An Orthomolecular medicine approach aims to restore the optimum environment of the body, through correcting individual imbalances or nutrient deficiencies, using substances natural to the body such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements and essential fatty acids. The principle behind orthomolecular medicine is that genetic factors affect not only the physical characteristics of individuals, but also their biochemical environment. Diseases such as heart disease, cancer, anxiety and depression, are associated with specific genetically inherent, dietary and environmental factors, causing biochemical imbalances which contribute to illness. An Orthomolecular Medicine approach aims to treat all of these contributing factors to illness.
What is the difference between Sally and a Naturopath?A Naturopathic approach to health is very similar to the Orthomolecular / Nutritional Medicine approach used by Sally, in that both modalities view and treat the body holistically using a combination of whole food eating, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs to correct underlying imbalances and heal the body. Sally is of the belief that to truly heal the entire body, no matter what the presenting ailment, the digestive and nervous systems must be healed first, as these systems hold the key to our overall health and wellbeing, both physically, mentally and emotionally.
Does Sally use natural supplements to treat my health condition?Yes, most patients are prescribed individualised, therapeutic or medicinal doses of specific combinations of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and herbs, in addition to dietary advice, in order to return the body to a point of balance and optimal health.
What can Sally's approach to health offer that pharmaceutical medicine cannot?Sally adopts an Orthomolecular / Nutritional Medicine approach to treating health. This approach aims to treat the underlying cause of any biochemical imbalances within the body, as opposed to using foreign chemical substances to simply target a mere symptom, with accompanying side effects. Working off the principle that the body can heal itself if provided with the environment, is a key component to helping the body heal from illness. Most importantly I teach YOU how to take charge of your health through healthy living and nutritious eating, so you have more control over your body and your life, rather than having to rely on pharmaceutical medications to manage symptoms.
How is the digestive system connected to my health?The digestive system one of the most influential systems over entire health and wellbeing for a variety of reasons. Firstly the digestive system is made up of several organs including the small and large intestine, which has the surface area alone, equivalent in size to a tennis court! Lining this massive surface area are trillions of friendly bacteria referred to as probiotics, which outnumber the cells in our body by approximately 2 to 1. As a result around 70% of our immune system is contained within the digestive system. So if your 'gut' or gastrointestinal tract is not healthy, then neither will the rest of your body. The liver is also part of the digestive system and it is responsible for processing and eliminating toxins, if this organ is overloaded with toxins and becomes sluggish in its function, again our entire system will feel the effect, affecting not only our daily function, but increasing our chances of developing ill health and disease. So as you can see..... so the moral of the story is....Look after your digestive system and you look after the health of your entire body!
How often do I need to see Sally?This varies from case to case, depending on what your condition is, your state of health, your personal health goals and time constraints. A skype or phone consult can always be arranged if you are not located in Sydney or unable to see her in person.
Can I have a consultation over the phone?Yes a Skype or Phone consultation can be arranged for anyone in any part of the world at a pre arranged time, just contact us or book a consult.
How long should I expect to see results on Sally's programs?You will experience some improvements in your health within days and others will take longer depending on what the nature of your condition and factors influencing these, including lifestyle, stress, sleep, work hours etc and of course compliance to the eating and treatment program prescribed to you. Remember you will get out what you put into your body.
Can Sally work with my GP or other health practitionerYes, Sally works in conjunction with many GP's and specialists in managing the care of her patients.
Can I still take my prescription medicine if I see Sally for guidance with my health?Sally will not advise you to stop any prescription medication without first consulting with your prescribing Dr. If the aim is to work towards weaning you off any prescription medication, this will also be done in conjunction with your prescribing Dr, but not before treatment with the appropriate nutrients is undertaken, to prepare the body to come off the prescription medication, without any side effects and only if this is appropriate for your condition.