I have had a career spanning over 25 years as an intensive care nurse and nurse trainer in both the NHS and Private sector. I was blessed with a son who later became diagnosed with high functioning autism / Aspergers syndrome. The difficulties faced in trying to fit a square peg into a round hole within the education system set me on a steep learning curve in order to understand the condition.
My Psychology degree, Post graduate teaching certificate and MSc in Nutritional science have all been attempts at solving some aspect of the autism puzzle. Nutrition has been the icing on the cake and to this end has re-shaped my career.
Since re-training as a Nutritional Therapist in 2003 I have seen some wonderful transformations in people who would have been destined for a life of illness and suffering. I love seeing people take control of their health and I am here to share my knowledge and facilitate whatever they need to get them where they want to be. For the first time in 30 years my career is giving me the rewards I always prayed for.
Nutrition isn't the only answer because many of us succumb to the ravages of stress in so many ways and we fail to acknowledge its existence or its impact. We feel failures if we accept that stress figures in our health picture. We dont accept that some of the things we drive ourselves to do because we enjoy them so much also can create stress. 80% of all illness is said to be psychosomatic and whilst that sounds negative it isn't at all. If we accept that aspects of our psyche may be blocking our ability to heal then thats the first step to regaining health.
Combining this knowledge with the observations of those with autism who tap, spin, use repetitive "flapping" movements to regain equilibrium and reduce stress tells me that meridian tapping can be used in the same way. I have therefore combined EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques with my Nutrition. EFT is tapping on specific acupressure points to effect balance and Qi in the body. This combination to me is pure magic.
Since October 2010 I have been directing a masters degree course in Nutritional Therapy. Again the rewards of seeing my students graduate and go on to become competent practitioners who will further develop the profession are immeasurable. I also work with Dr Damien Downing, where we specialise in helping those with neurotoxic illness, chronic fatigue and cancers. Somehow I dont think I will be retiring just yet