FAQ

Q?What is the difference between a dietician, a nutritionist and a nutritional therapist?
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A dietician works within the state sector, ie a hospital, and uses the science of nutrition to devise eating plans for patients to treat medical conditions. They also work to promote good health by helping to facilitate a positive change in food choices amongst individuals, groups and communities. Nutritionists are qualified to provide general information about food and healthy eating, but not about specific therapeutic diets. They often work in a range of settings, including research, education and in policy development. garlicNutritionists are not trained in clinical practice. A nutritional therapist is qualified to provide individualised dietary and lifestyle advice for those who want to find safe, natural solutions to a specific health concern. During their 3.5 year course in medical and nutritional sciences, they also undertake clinical training as part of their qualification. Properly qualified nutritional therapists are subject to the code of ethics and regulations of the Nutritional Therapists of Ireland (NTOI) or the Irish Association of Nutritional Therapy (IANT).

Q?Is my personal information kept confidential?
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All consultations are strictly confidential. Your information is held in accordance with BANT and NTOI rules. Where relevant we may keep your GP informed about your programme, however, only with your permission.

Q?Do you recommend supplements?
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We always prioritise food over supplements, however, in most cases supplements will be needed on a short-term basis in order to alleviate any deficiencies or to support functional issues ( ie pro-biotics after anti-biotics).

Q?Is it safe to see a nutritional therapist if I am on prescription medication?
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Yes qualified nutritional therapists are trained to identify drug-nutrient interactions. We will ensure that our recommendations comply with your prescription medication. Medication must not be stopped without prior consent from your doctor.

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Q?How many consultations will I need?
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This depends on each client’s individual health issues. Our aim is to achieve long term results as quickly as possible. Most clients need 3 to 4 consultations over a 3 month period.

Q?I am currently seeing a GP/Specialist for a particular condition. Is Nutritional Therapy appropriate?
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Nutritional Therapy works very well alongside conventional medicine. We all need to eat every day and putting a healthy food plan in place will benefit your current health condition.  With your permission we can liaise with your doctor regarding your nutritional programme.