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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.

Conditions Treated

I am experienced 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 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

August/September 2016 Blog


It doesn’t matter whether you are for or against Brexit, but it seems that happily there is one area where we will be “better off out”, and that is in the area of regulation for natural products such as vitamins and herbs.

The U.K. had always enjoyed more liberal laws concerning the use of and dosage of such products compared to some other European countries. The EU has been trying to implement and harmonise laws for the dosages allowed in vitamin supplements.

One of the 'sticky' directives concerned the use of a “positive list” of permitted ingredients. Some natural supplements were 'approved' and some made 'illegal', such as the minerals silver or vanadium and even the herbs rhodiola and kava kava.

It is an interesting fact that herbs are used, according to The World Health Organisation, by 80% of the world's population to help with health problems! And probably by a greater percentage of people for thousands of years before now. So for many of us, interfering in the use of herbs has been unwelcome.

Some companies have defied the ban and many supplements can be found one way or another.

The EU is still making up its mind on one subject that could have large implications for any of us trying to improve and maintain our health. This will be to set the level of dosages. For example by only being able to obtain only low doses of Vitamin C or B, when much larger dosages have up till now, always needed to be used effectively, safely and therapeutically.

There are about a dozen different Directives in the pipeline designed to regulate and control, not only vitamins, but herbs, health claims, food labelling & pesticide residues. And all these directives will favour the large food manufacturers, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. They spend large amounts lobbying for their interests.

The Nutrition & Health Claims Regulation has banned over 2000 health claims, despite plausible evidence, and prevented the health food industry from telling the consumer that their products have any benefit! Prunes may no longer be helpful for constipation!!

Hopefully, now that Brexit is on the way, it will be possible to help our MP's and Government to see sense and reduce over-regulation on such matters.

Childhood Obesity

It sounds as though the Government has done another 'fudge' over their 'ambitious' plans to tackle child obesity. It's incomprehensible that the announcement on reducing sugar intake has been taken on 'best advice'. Probably the advice of the food industry. Certainly it is not the advice of properly qualified experts.

Calories are such an inadequate way to measure diet. It is the word quality that should be used. Good quality whole food has been shown to maintain good health and healthy weight.

How many of you look in other people's supermarket trolleys, as I confess I do, and wonder how people manage to live a healthy life on a basic diet of white bread, margarine, diet drinks, biscuits, crisps, red meat etc—and very little, or no fruit, or veg?!!

I'm glad Jamie Oliver said he was "in shock" at the "disappointing" plan.

Nuff said!

And finally DNA health testing is now here! I have just had myself tested. It is wonderful from a naturopathic and perspective as one can now find out where the body's health strengths and weaknesses are and be able to do something about them!
A test will assess the genetic variants for genes that regulate food cravings, sugar metabolism and sensitivity to carbohydrates, fat over-absorption and sensitivity, liver detoxification pathways—and as they say on the news programmes— much more! I have test kits available in the clinic.

I'll be writing more about this next time.

June/July 2016 Blog

Most of the Blogs I write are prompted by what I hear on the TV and are subjects I shout at the TV about because I strongly disagree with what is being reported and the complete bias towards 'modern medicine'!!

And yes, you can now eat fat!!--but make sure it is healthy fat—coconut, olive oil, fish oils, walnut and other nut oils. But never eat 'vegetable oil', such as sunflower or rape seed, or food cooked in vegetable oil.

This is actually a very exciting time for Alternative Medicine. There has been a huge amount of wonderful research going on around the world the last few years and I have a hard time keeping up with it all. Very little if any is sadly reported to the general public in the mainstream press.

I went to London twice recently to hear some eminent speakers. I have already mentioned the incredibly exciting work being done by Dr. Dale Bredesen from California and how he has been able to reverse Alzheimer's and Dementia with nutritional therapy. This is not fantasy!! Many of those he treated were able to return to work!

In London I learnt about the new probiotics now being used to help bowel problems. The 'new' probiotics are bacillus spores. Spores, unknown to most of us at the Conference, have had extensive clinical trials. These specialist spores will survive stomach acid 100%--unlike the more commonly used lactobacillus-type probiotic bacteria. Because they are not destroyed by the digestive acids spores have been found to be very helpful in many stubborn inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's and colitis, in addition to all the many advantages of probiotics in general. And not only will they survive the intestinal acids, the spores will colonise the gut as they are supposed to.

I am now stocking a supply of probiotic spores in my clinic.

Another lecture was given by Dr.Tom O'Bryan who talked about the benefits of eating a gluten free diet. The thrust of his talk was that, many people, other the those with Coeliac Disease, are sensitive to gluten, because it causes inflammation. Gluten affects the brain and such people are far more prone to suicide, psychosis, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, autism and heart disease.

If someone changes to a gluten-free diet the underlying inflammation in the body must be treated. Going gluten-free has many benefits and I believe more and more people will be doing this when they understand the advantages.

And then at the latest CAM Conference in London the seminars I found most interesting were the ones about Fibromyalgia and DNA Testing.

Fibromyalgia is a subject I have been interested in and treated for many years. The lecture at the Conference given by a naturopath/chiropractor confirmed much of what I already knew about the condition. I was able to have a good chat to the lecturer, Dr. David Brady, later in the day and discuss some of his treatment protocols. He confirmed much about the use of 5HTP that I have using with patients for this painful condition.
The subject of DNA testing is totally new to me—a new language with a large new vocabulary!! But I have to keep up with the science and I will be getting my DNA checked soon—and the good news is that it's not expensive and that the labs give lots of help, interpretation and advice. And it is most important to understand that we don't have to live with our genes. A healthy lifestyle and good nutrition has been shown to change gene expression.

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