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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.

Rosie Jones D.O. has recently joined my practice. She is a Registered Osteopath as well as an experienced massage therapist and she is working in the clinic on the days when I am not available for consultation.

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 problems with fatigue. e.g. 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.

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

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 GAPS Diet

October 2016 Blog

DNA Testing

Would you like to know exactly what you should be eating and what foods to avoid? Well it is now possible thanks to simple genetic testing.
Thirty or so specific genes are measured to find out what foods are best to eat for your health and what your deficiencies are. Testing will tell you what you should be eating according to your genetic markers.
A Comprehensive test will assess all of the following:
The Wellness & Weight Management Part assesses the predispositions for food cravings, sugar metabolism and over absorption, fat sensitivity, fat release ability and muscle function for exercise. It also assesses phenotype, sleep, stress and burnout levels that may be affecting your health.
The Detoxification Panel shows how well you are detoxifying.
The Oestrogen Panel shows how well oestrogen is being detoxified.
The Inflammation Panel shows how our genes work in regulating inflammation.
The Nutrition Panel evaluates the genetic variations that regulate caffeine metabolism, lactose intolerance, iron absorption, and the need for Vit D, B Vitamins and antioxidants.
The results of this test (and I've now done it on myself) show what we need to do if we have any weaknesses.
Modern science is showing us more and more about our bodies and importantly how our bodies are working and what we can do about it to help it function better.
It is important to know that 'gene expression' is not fixed. The science of epigenetics is showing us that gene expression can be changed, particularly through good nutrition and lifestyle changes.
I have kits in the clinic if you wish to get tested. A Comprehensive Panel costs £199
You can look up mydnahealth if you want more information.

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