Anna takes a multi-disciplinary approach to health and healing. She is an experienced Naturopathic & Functional Nutritional Therapist, Nutrigenomics Practitioner, Healer and Emotional Release Therapist
True health results from cohesion and synergy between all systems; our body, our emotions and mind, our core beliefs (being our subconscious programming) and spirit. At the level of the body, Nutritional Therapy seeks to bring about health through synergy and cohesion between all of our adaptive biological systems. Since chronic illnesses typically result at the point at which these adaptative systems have experienced unsustainable stress, finally gives way to mal-adaption, and thus breakdown. Mal-adaption results from organs and systems often at first over functioning, functioning to the brink of chaos for months or even years, before crashing into the mal-adaptive, under-functioning state of disease. Once systems have crashed, our threshold to stress becomes lower, a lot lower. Naturally then, only a small amount of stress experienced can become a trigger for yet ‘another health crash or health crisis’! Stressors that contribute to mal-adaption include dietary choices, environmental toxicity, pathogens – such as parasites / persistent viral loading / bacteria / yeast and fungal infestations, EMF fields, and persistent emotional and mental stressors. All of these areas of life and health contribute to our total stress load and ‘stress bucket’ and therefore contribute to end-stage mal-adaptation to stress, and chronic diseases.
Functional Nutrition defines our troubling health symptoms as the ‘branches’ of our health tree. They are the tangible expression that have resulted from a ‘root’ cause. The ‘roots’ to our health symptoms are often embedded within broken / maladaptive biological system. It’s important to understand this, since the health symptoms that we are mostly concerned with are usually just one or more expression of a far greater and significant state of dis-ease that lies within. In Functional Nutrition we start with detective work and mapping your health journey; joining the dots between all presenting symptoms before tracking back to the terrain, being the soil which takes us to the root/s of your health condition. Next, we seek to ‘clear the muddy waters’. This means to cut the noise within your biological terrain and ‘take out’ whatever is exacerbating symptoms or perpetuating your condition. Next we apply appropriate choices in nutrient therapy to bridge broken metabolic pathways and improve health, whilst considering your personal nutrient-biochemical story and genomic blueprint. Consider that certain key nutrients are responsible for switching specific genes on and off. If you are rattling through key nutrients due to stress, fatigue, over-exercising, over-studying, pathogenic loading and more … then consider you may also be down-regulating important genes that are central to your health. By upregulating our Genomic expression to achieve greater Genomic functionality is one way to sustain good health. Nutrient therapy can also switch-off over-reactive genes, such as those genes responsible for producing too much histamine leading to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.
Naturopathic Nutrition also recognises disease as the pinnacle expression of maladaptive communication between organs and systems. Naturopathic Nutrition acknowledges that toxicity (exogenous toxicants as well as endogenous toxins) is at the root of all maladaptation and dis-ease, on some level. Naturopathic Nutrition honours the body’s Drainage systems (liver, gallbladder, kidneys, skin, lungs, large intestine) by healing and opening these organs and systems before deeper cellular healing and release work can take place, on any serious level. Honouring all ‘routes of elimination’ decreases the stress-load which in turn sends positive signals to your cells and helps to switch off the Cell Danger Response, restore innate immune functionality and restores cell-membrane energy and vitality.
Toxic Exposure & The Health Of Our Bodies
Our planet is becoming increasingly toxic. The first reference was by Rachel Louise Carson, a writer, scientist and ecologist who described in in the 1960s how DDT entered the food chain, causing cancer and genetic damage. That was over 50 years ago! Today, there are literally hundreds of books related to environmental toxicity and health issues. Since more than 77,000 chemicals are being manufactured in the developed world, with 3,000 added directly into our food chain. Over 10,000 chemicals are used in solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives in the food industry, and the average city water supply contains over 500 chemicals. Many of these chemicals are not metabolised in the body and therefore stored in our body fat. It’s not surprising that most people demonstrate 400-800 different chemical residues in their fat cells and 95% of cancers are related to diet and these levels of persistent environmental toxicity.
Connection with toxicants and breast cancer - diagram
Naturopathic Nutrition respects the two Pillars of health and healing. Nurture is the 1st Pillar of health. Detoxification is the 2nd Pillar of health. The message being that we must first nurture the body and heal the damaged tissues within the body’s drainage organs and systems before triggering the release of toxicity from deep within the cells. When we do not respect the order of these two Pillars of health, we can experience re-circulated toxicity, toxicity dumping and a healing crisis.
Lastly, we cannot separate out how we feel, and the symphony of chemical exchanges that take place inside of us due to our emotions, or legacy of previously ‘trapped’ emotions. How we feel affects our reality and our health profoundly. Anna is trained in three powerful emotional release therapy modalities, supporting your emotional detox throughout your healing journey. You can learn more about the power of emotion-release therapy if you sign up to the Pop-up Opt-in form when loading this website.