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Naturopathy, Colonic Hydrotherapy & Osteopathy in Swansea

Registered Osteopath in Swansea; Naturopathy & Colonic Hydrotherapy in Port Talbot, Bridgend, Llanelli & surrounding area

I have been passionate about helping people with health problems for many years. I graduated from The British College of Naturopathy & Osteopathy in 1970 and I set up my practice as an osteopath & naturopath in Swansea 28 years ago.

After working as a Swansea osteopath and naturopath for a number of years I qualified as a Colonic Hydrotherapist 15 years ago and more recently in BIOSCAN Testing.

My multi-disciplinary practice in Swansea offers osteopathy, naturopathy, massage therapy, colonic hydrotherapy & BIOSCAN testing for those in the area around Port Talbot, Bridgend and Llanelli. The Swansea Clinic of Natural Medicine is at 20 Walter Road, not far from the centre of Swansea.

Please read my Blog below about how you can now get your DNA tested. A DNA test will indicate what your health's strengths & weaknesses are and how you can improve your health and what you should and should not be eating.

Conditions Treated

I have had many years experience at helping a wide variety of conditions, such as back, neck, knee, shoulder and musculo-skeletal problems with osteopathy. And with my naturopathic background I help people to achieve optimum health and well-being in general. I specialise in advising many patients with gastrointestinal problems and colon hydrotherapy has become very popular in recent years. Please call or email me if you want to know more about what can be helped, or if you need to know whether your own particular condition can be treated.
I regularly attend meetings of the South Wales Osteopathic Society, The British Naturopathic Association (BNA), The BNA Cancer Study Group and The Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH). Increasingly I am attending CAM meetings in London where I have been hearing the latest research and natural treatments for Alzheimers, Cancer, gluten sensitivity and so many other subjects, It is excting getting all the latest information from around the world.

Conditions Treated and Therapies used:-

Naturopathy I am passionate about helping people and helping patients to improve their health. Naturopathy is a system of primary health care that helps to build health and improve vitality. A naturopath helps to discover and treat the underlying causes of ill-health and not just the symptoms. This allows the body to heal itself. Lifestyle changes, good nutrition, exercise, supplements, herbs, osteopathy and hydrotherapy are some of the methods used to help. Naturopathy is all about helping to discover all the various causes of a person's ill health. There may be several and all of these have to be considered and treated for the body to regain full vitality.
I specialise in helping people who have bowel & digestive disorders and problems with fatigue. such as ME/CFS, thyroid and adrenal problems. Please see the section on the next page under Naturopathy for fuller details.

Osteopathy focuses on problems with joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues in the body. An osteopath diagnoses and treats the faults that occur in the musculoskeletal system, commonly because of over-strain, injury or stress. It helps with many types of pain such as arthritic and rheumatic pain. I commonly see patients with neck, shoulder, knee & hip problems as well as general backache and pain from injuries such as falls, whiplash, cramp and sciatica. Helping people with frozen shoulder is a special interest.

Colon Hydrotherapy A colonic is a very gentle procedure that uses warm water to cleanse the large intestine. Colonics will help digestive health and bowel function. Colonic Hydrotherapy has become very popular in recent years and many patients find it is an essential therapy to improve and maintain their health in general. Please see page 2 for more information.

BIOSCAN testing The Bioscan system helps to highlight anything that is putting stress on the body and where that stress is occurring. These stresses may be anything from emotional problems, hormonal imbalances, environmental toxins or food sensitivities.
Its rather like having a full body MOT to discover all the unbalanced areas of the body. Then treatment is applied to those areas under stress.

Please explore the next pages for fuller information. And if you have any queries please send an email from my home page or call the clinic in Swansea on the number below. I am very happy to answer any queries by phone or email.

The clinic is situated 11 miles from Port Talbot, 25 miles from Bridgend and 12.5 miles from Llanelli

In recent times I have become increasingly interested in Energy Medicine and because of this I have now incorporated the hand-held miHealth into much of my musculo-skeletal work. The miHealth has been extremely helpful in the treatment of muscle tension, muscle spasm, sports injuries, torn muscles, shin splints and acute & chronic back conditions.
The amazing Bioscan system helps to analyse and treat patients with many varied health problems. I believe Energy Medicine will play an increasingly large part in healthcare during the years to come.

A Favourite Quote.....

"One of the great myths about natural medicines is that they are not scientific. The fact of the matter is that for most common illnesses there is greater support in the medical literature for a natural approach than there is for drugs or surgery." — Dr. Michael T. Murray, Bastyr University, Seattle, U.S.A.

My latest Blog Entry

March/April 2017 Blog

Fake News
Fake news is very much a topic of the moment and the problem is who and what are we supposed to believe?!
I want to give an example that happened during the last few weeks with the announcement of a new documentary film “Vaxxed”.
Right before and after its showing there was a media frenzy denouncing it as being 'total rubbish' and saying that no one should believe anything about it. They tried to make out that the film was about the 'disgraced' Dr.Andrew Wakefield and because he had been struck off by the GMC he was not to be believed. But I will give you some other facts.
The documentary is not about Dr. Wakefield.
It is about a massive cover up by the CDC in the U.S. The CDC was set up to protect the public.
The cover up concerned the concealing of evidence that connected the use of the MMR vaccine with autism.
Dr.Wakefield is a distinguished gastroenterologist who only said a decade ago that there might be a connection with bowel problems in some youngsters who had received the vaccine and autism.
Dr. Wakefield said that more research should be done in order to see if there was this connection.
His studies have since been replicated 28 times in different parts of the world!!!!
At the time of his findings Dr.Wakefield's research and statements were twisted to make him out to be a villain and not the vaccine.
Dr. Wakefield is not anti-vaccination, in fact he is quite the opposite. He is a conventional doctor and does not work in the Alternative field.
You can read a more detailed report of the shenanigans of the CDC here and on other pages of the ANH website:
I urge everyone to watch “Vaxxed”—autism has huge implications for the World's health care systems and everyone should be aware of these. One scientist from M.I.T. estimates that by the year 2032, fifty% of all youngsters will be on the austistic spectrum!!!!!
You can see the documentary here:

This is a report about it.

Damage from vaccinations is a reality for some. I have recently been consulted by a teenager damaged by the HPV vaccine five years ago. She is virtually bed-ridden. She was a keen student and sports-person but was made ill by the vaccine virtually overnight.

February/March 2017 Blog

Those of you who know me will realise that I am passionate about alternative and complementary therapies. I have been in this profession for many years and I get very upset when I hear so many falsehoods about natural health and therapies being 'rubbished' by the media or the BBC News. I am only interested in the Truth and what helps patients the best with their health.

I am also interested in health statistics, so here are a few recent ones:

There is still the dictum “do no harm” when treating patients which I adhere to, even though I'm not a doctor. So when last month the journal Clinical Toxicology published the findings that in the year 2015 there were no deaths from any vitamins, minerals, herbs or other nutritional supplements, I for one am very happy.

And then we learn that there were nearly ½ million deaths in the U.S. from prescription drugs in 2015!!!! Pain-killers being the worse culprits. That information was published by the US National Poison Data System. I'll leave you, the reader, to draw your own conclusions.

And in addition are the published facts from the BMJ of May 3rd last year saying that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after cardio-vascular disease and cancer. Maybe doctors should be prescribing some nutritional supplements instead of drugs?

I passionately believe in prevention. There is now a huge amount of science showing that nutritional & lifestyle choices affect our health and longevity. There is no need to suffer chronic diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer's, autism, cancer, diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, arthritis, asthma etc etc. The scientific information and research how to prevent all these is out there! There are many doctors and practitioners out there who are helping to prevent these problems. Please don't ever think you “have to live with it”! You can get help. Please ask me. If I can't help you I'll try and steer you to someone who can. If you have a question you can always email me through my website.
The new “kid on the block” in scientific testing is DNA testing from a nutritional & health point of view. I can now arrange for these tests which show where our genetic weaknesses lie and more importantly, what to do about them.

January/February 2017 Blog


In a new study from the University of Texas, presented at the National Cancer Research Institute’s Cancer Conference in Liverpool, researchers found that patients with malignant melanoma (skin cancer) that had spread, are more likely to respond well to immunotherapy treatment, which uses the body’s immune system to target cancer cells, if they have a good diversity of gut bacteria.
Dr Pippa Corrie, Chair of the NCRI’s Skin Cancer Clinical Studies Group, said: “There is growing evidence that gut bacteria play a vital role in warding off disease, absorbing nutrients from the food we eat, and maintaining normal function of our immune systems“. This approach now needs to be tested in clinical trials to see who it will benefit and find out the best way to adapt patient’s gut bacteria to promote healing.
I wholeheartedly agree with this. There is an increasing body of research that is showing how important good gut bacteria influence our health in many ways.
We can all do this easily in one of two ways:
a) use fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kefir, natto, on a regular basis or
b) use a good quality probiotic supplement. And please don't use cheap poor quality ones. They are a waste of money.


The subject of sugar is never far away from the headlines of our news media these last few months and of course the sugar & food industries do not like these headlines. The food industry tries desperately to divert attention away from sugar and wants to blame saturated fats and lack of exercise for the cause of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The sugar industry successfully arranged this in 1967 by paying some Harvard scientists for a review that highlighted the danger of saturated fats and minimised the link of sugar with heart disease!! And because it was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, it strongly influenced government health policies. Oh dear! Sadly money talks.

November/December 2016 Blog

Good Nutrition for Diabetes

I wanted to follow up on last month's theme and discuss more about how it might be best to help diabetes—both with prevention and treatment. So let me discuss the diet & lifestyle changes that need to be taken.

The whole object of treatment is to bring blood sugar levels under control, not temporarily, but permanently.

I looked up the recommended diet for diabetes on the Internet from a dietician's perspective, but did not find it to be up-to-date with current nutritional research! Such a pity as diabetes is a serious disease with serious consequences if not adequately treated. Some of their recommendations I strongly agree with and commend.

For example swapping meat for beans, pulses and lentils is an excellent idea. But the whole emphasis should be on using a completely low glycaemic diet and cutting all sweet and sugary foods to a minimum. But the authodox diet recommends sweeteners and diet fizzy drinks! Research show that sweeteners cause blood sugar swings in the same way as using sugar. They do not help with weight loss either. And there are also other reasons not to use sweeteners, such as aspartame. These are neurotoxins and cause damage to the nervous system.
Also emphasis should be given to using high fibre foods.

If someone has an appetite that is 'out of control' then they should use a chromium supplement daily to help control blood sugar swings. In addition the consumption of a natural water soluble fibre supplement, such as Glucomannan before each meal, will fast bring about satiety and prevent overeating. Cinnamon has also been shown to be highly effective in helping to control blood sugar levels.

There's lots that anyone with diabetes can do to help themselves. Don't just rely on metformin or insulin. These just take care of the symptoms, not the cause! Use these medications along with a low glycaemic diet.

Current Health Topics in the News:

Flu Vaccine: Think carefully about whether to have the 'flu jab'. As current statistics are not so readily available in the U.K. it is easier to see what has been happening in the U.S. ”In the United States, since 1988 and as of October 3, 2016, there had been 2,954 claims filed in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) for injuries and deaths following Influenza vaccination, including 109 deaths and 2,845 serious injuries”. --and these are only the serious side effects.
Autism: The GAPS diet has been shown to be very helpful in the treatment of this condition. Have a look at the pioneering work being done by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride who was able to reverse her own son's autism using the here

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