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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 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

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.

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.

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