How do you justify the cost of seeing a nutritional therapist and having diagnostic tests versus trusting the National Health Service? Seeing a nutritionist in central London with clients from the banking world is a luxury for many of us. Is it worth paying? Is the cost justified? Do you receive more than you could find with ample hours researching online? Is the advice reliable? If you are already eating healthily, what’s the point? Ultimately do you recover? Here are my four reasons to help you decide.
You want solid advice and a plan to get better
The GP told me to return in three months and then perhaps I could be referred to a specialist. So my option was to wait for over five months or investigate further on my own. One can have diagnostic tests without seeing a specialist in theory — but in the UK you search blindly online and have no way of knowing what’s reliable, accurate and trustworthy. And then there is no way of understanding the results. Which means you need to go through a specialist like a nutritional therapist.
You need a definite diagnosis
A cynic would say you pay a couple of hundred pounds to see a nice person in a lovely consultation room in an expensive part of the city, to then be told to take a £300 diagnostic test, and then return for further £100 sessions. Maybe it would make sense to have the test first and then pay your money. But one has to be bear in mind that there are different diagnostic tests and you need someone you trust to identify what you need. Yes it’s a gamble.
I picked someone who favours diagnostic tests as the basis for treatment, came highly recommended, and is involved with a hospital that carries out medical research. If you’re going to pay to see someone, check out their qualifications, their expertise and seek recommendations.
Nutritional therapy includes emotional health
I was impressed with the two questionnaires I had to complete in advance because these made me think. A lot of the questions had nothing to do with food but were psychological. Did I feel heard and supported? Well funnily enough in certain areas of my life I felt I was screaming to be heard.
The questionnaires led me to make some changes before my consultation: to take a rest and enjoy my food. Was work worth my health? NO. I have a beautiful view from my home, yet I was frequently eating my super healthy lunch at my computer whilst worrying about deadlines and chasing work. I was stressed about researching a book on dealing with stress. I was frustrated with chasing money from people in full-time jobs and upset to be told I was negative for doing so. I was often angry whilst eating.
Trust your gut feeling
Seeing the nutritional therapist for my consultation was like seeing a psychotherapist. She said I was eating near perfectly and doing all the right things in terms of exercise and lifestyle. She asked a lot of searching questions. She gave me an interim diet until I took a diagnostic test and the results came through. I’ve been moaning a lot about this interim diet, and wondered whether I’ve wasted my money. I’ve just had the results through and feel hugely relieved I trusted my gut feeling to investigate my very gut.
I plan to pass on what I’ve learnt and offer any tips I can on seeking the right advice and information for digestive issues. Food is one of the greatest pleasures in life and we all deserve to enjoy the process.