Traditional knowledge and modern science for optimal health
R e n e E r h a r d t
Naturopath and Nutritionist
Certified GAPS Practitioner
Now offering house calls for your convenience
Skype consultations available
Integrative healthcare solutions for metabolic,
immunologic, neurologic and digestive disorders _______________________________________________
Member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society No. 29682
In the 21st century, we are in the unenviable situation where the majority of degenerative diseases are linked to industrially produced food. Making matters worse, our eating habits are guided by advertising rather than education. As consumers, we often have very little knowledge about the nutritional value, the provenance of and the questionable additives to the food we eat.
My background as a horticulturist involved all aspects of fruit and vegetable production, from growing to harvesting and processing. I have been part of the industry as an organic grower, a professional consultant for other farmers, conventional and organic, and as a teacher for the Agriculture-college. This gives me considerable insight into nutritional value of food items and the issues connected with chemicals and additives commonly used.
In my practise as a nutritionist and naturopath, I apply this knowledge for the benefit of my clients, just as I do for my family and myself. Hippocrates’ statement can also be read as “there can’t be good health without nourishing food". Therefore, a nutritional evaluation of the diet of my clients forms a cornerstone of every consultation.
In a wholistic manner, I consider education as an important part of the process of regaining health. It contributes to empowering the client to direct the self-healing process in a leading role, achieving health and wellbeing for life.
‘Integrative approach’ means incorporating traditional knowledge of medicinal plants used for centuries, as well as foods, well known and recognised for nourishing body and soul, generation after generation. Combining this knowledge with modern research outcomes of all biological sciences, not just naturopathy and medicine, is the most appropriate way of dealing with the illnesses of our times.
Individual treatment plans may include herbal remedies, nutraceuticals and other supplements based on well established procedures like those developed in orthomolecular and functional medicine, insights from the changing view of the workings of our immune system or the GAPS protocol.
Bringing it all together, I continue my involvement in horticulture and combine it with natural health. I am member of several professional organisations linking health and nutrition, such as the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health, the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine, and the National Institute of Integrative Medicine.
Seeing myself just as much an educator as a health care professional, I am also a member of various educational foundations, including the Weston A. Price Foundation, the Mindd- foundation and Cornucopia, whose websites are highly recommendable with lots of information for the general public.
My consultations are guided by the above outlined principles, taking into account the personal circumstances and needs of every client. Following naturopathic tradition, I am looking at the person as a whole, all the physical and mental aspects affecting your health, and don't just prescribe for an illness.
I am looking forward to supporting you on your path to good health.