Food forms the very fabric of our body. Every organ, tissue and cell requires nutrients to simply exist.

While we may eat and remain biologically alive, to eat and be healthy is another matter. The term health has been banded around so much in the media its all to easy to forget what it actually means. Tracing the word back to its origins the term ‘health’ is derived from the Old English word ‘Hal’ which meant sound, intact, whole and well-omened or being of sound mind.
With this in mind it’s interesting to read the modern interpretation of health as defined by the World Health Organisation; ‘a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ In essence, this could be summed up simply as ‘Hal’. It looks like we may not have moved that far away from the earliest description of the term.
This brings us to the contentious issue of healing and cure. A ‘cure’ should be viewed as a rather passive process in which no real change has taken place. Take the ‘cure’ away and the ill health soon returns. Sadly, most pharmaceutical preparations fall into this trap. So, healing is quite far removed from a cure since healing is an active processes that requires change.

Naturopathic Process

Nutrition forms a corner stone to the naturopathic process and underpins all aspects of an integrative approach. Some may term this approach ‘Nutritional Medicine’, ‘Naturopathic Nutrition’ or even ‘Clinical Nutrition’ but with all definitions and titles aside, the basics of good nutrition is an essential factor for life and optimal wellness.
At Hadley Wood Healthcare our aim is to help you to feel well again; we want you to experience ‘Hal’. You may attend with a simple back strain or a more complex long term health issue but all can benefit from some basic lifestyle and diet advise. This may simply involve a suggestion to take some extra zinc and vitamin C to help assist your short-term tissue healing through to a more in depth dietary review
and ‘clean up’.

To give you an idea, a nutritional ‘clean up’ tends to focus on some of the key factors such as;

  • Reviewing dietary salt, caffeine and alcohol
  • Reviewing lifestyle habits such as exercise, smoking and sleep
  • Moving to an unprocessed diet where possible
  • Cutting the refined sugars, refined carbohydrates and bad fats
  • Avoiding chemical additives and cooking methods that liberate toxins
  • Integrate specific dietary or botanical supplements where necessary
  • Discuss the importance of ‘stress’ and relaxation in holistic health
Marcus Webb

Marcus Webb

Medical Acupuncturist

Marcus qualified in 1988 from the British College of Osteopathic medicine (formally the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy) and has been in full time practice since graduation.

He has a special professional interest in the nutritional management of osteoporosis and chronic pain disorders using medical acupuncture.

Marcus does not include cranial osteopathy nor paediatric osteopathy within his scope of practice.


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