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Naturopathy, Colonic Hydrotherapy & Osteopathy in Swansea


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


Do you suffer from, or relate to any of the following?---

• Pain, back pain, arthritis, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, migraines, sports injury, whiplash, frozen shoulder?
• Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease like coeliac, rheumatic pain, thyroid problems ?
• Do you struggle with IBS, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, brain fog, or digestive problems?
• An inability to lose weight, tiredness, no energy, chronic fatigue, food cravings, or hormone problems?

These are all conditions I commonly see in my work using naturopathy, osteopathy and colon hydrotherapy and that I'd be happy to help you with.

If you are unsure of what sort of treatment you need please ring the receptionist and ask for a no obligation FREE MINI CONSULTATION for half an hour. At this consultation you can explain the symptoms from which you have been suffering and we can decide together what treatment would best to help your problem.
Sometimes people have many symptoms and it is hard to know what therapy or therapies would be the most helpful. I’ll be happy to try and help you do this and start you on your journey to better health.

I use naturopathy, osteopathy and colon hydrotherapy, either separately, or in combination to help improve people's health. You can read more about each therapy on the next page.

I have been passionate about helping people with health problems for most of my life. I graduated from The British College of Naturopathy & Osteopathy in North London and set up my practice as an osteopath & naturopath in Swansea nearly 30 years ago.

After working as a Swansea registered osteopath and naturopath for many years I qualified with ARCH (Association & Register of Colon Hydrotherapists) in 2000.

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

Please read my latest Blog below on this page.


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 background in naturopathy I help people to achieve optimum health and well-being in general. I specialise in helping people with gastrointestinal problems and for many people colon hydrotherapy has become very popular in recent years and can give much relief. It is a very gentle treatment! 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 alleviated.

I regularly attend meetings of the South Wales Osteopathic Society, The General Council & Register of Naturopaths, The BNA Cancer Study Group and The Association and Registered of Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH). Increasingly I am attending 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 exciting getting all the latest scientific information from experts from around the world.

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 and is not far from The Gower.

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.

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

Blog January/February 2019

A very Happy New Year to you all! I hope you enjoyed the Christmas holidays.

To start off the New Year I want to highlight the handheld device called the miHealth. I have used this device now for nearly 7 years and would not be without it. The ability of this device to relieve pain is second to none. In most cases the result obtained with its use is almost instantaneous. If it wasn’t I would not be using it all every day. But it has multi uses and is useful for all sort of problems. If you’re interested you can watch this 10 minute video introduced by the inventor of the miHealth miHealth, Harry Massey.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yml1Icd_BDU
The miHealth can be used to treat animals as well, but I have not used it this way very much. Here is a video of a horse horse being treated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FckyaQjS5lA
And if you have the time and inclination there are several other videos demonstrating how the miHealth can be used. It never leaves my side and goes everywhere with me!
I use it on countless patients who have painful backs, especially when their muscles are very tight and sore. In addition to this sort of complaint I have found it to give great relief for conditions such as:
• arthritic joints—knees, ankles, fingers, toes, bunions
• plantar fasciitis (a very painful condition that affects the sole of the foot)
• shin splints
• pulled/torn muscles. I have been amazed how quickly such muscles respond to this treatment
• tendonitis—this is painful inflammation that commonly affects the biceps tendon. I commonly come across it in workmen who do repetitive, work such as plastering.
• tennis elbow

The Alliance for Natural Health

If you are not already aware of them ANH The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) have campaigned on behalf of natural health for many years. They are an internationally active, non-profit organisation promoting natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare worldwide. Their passion is the pursuit of optimal health and health care sustainability by working with, not against, nature.
https://www.anhinternational.org
The Alliance for Natural Health in their latest bulletin have highlighted the dangers of introducing 5G for mobile phone networks. You won’t read about the dangers of 5G in the mass media, because it would affect “big business”. But ANH writes that:
“Organisations and scientists around the world continue to call on governments to stop the deployment of 5G networks amidst concerns over its potential danger to human health and all life on Planet Earth. Across the pond, ANH-USA are calling for research on 5G’s safety to be conducted before its deployment. Whilst the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and from Space, initially signed by scientists, doctors and representatives of health and science related organisations, is now calling for the support of citizens around the world. Quite literally, 5G is a massive experiment that will result in a huge increase in exposure to wireless radiation that no living thing will be able to escape. What the effect will be is anyone’s guess, but if you’re not willing to be a guinea pig, then have your say and sign the appeal.”

And finally the healing results achieved by many hundreds of Power of Eight groups here in the U.K. and around the world have been nothing short of amazing. If you’d like to join a Power of Eight Group here in Swansea, please contact me. And if you haven’t read Lynne McTaggart’s book of the same name, please do so.

Blog November/December 2018

I thought this month I’d start off with an inspiring quote. It is easy to get depressed with what a mess we’ve made of this planet. Did you see the programme “Drowning in Plastic”? Oh dear!
Or the programme with Stacey Dooley investigating the pollution around the world caused by the overproduction of clothing, particularly that made with cotton? It was explained how cotton production needs vast quantities of water, but also causes tremendous pollution of rivers and that the disappearance of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan has been caused by cotton factories needing so much water!!!Wow!
And now I’ve just read that researchers at the University of Texas are saying that the weedkiller Roundup may be killing bees! Where does it all end?
But to get back to my start point and good quotations, here is one by one of my favourite authors, John Perkins, who has written some very interesting best sellers:
“Unlike the crises experienced by Roosevelt (2nd World War) and Kennedy (Cuba Crisis) and despite what politicians may want us to believe, today’s greatest crises are not about “us” versus “them,” not about nation pitted against nation. These crises require that we all come together to stop destroying life as we know it.”

Hear hear!

And on a more positive note!:-- Now that Winter is fast approaching, it is a good time to start taking some Vitamin D as well as Vit C on a regular basis as defence against coughs, colds and flu. Much more effective than a *** jab!
And also cut out as much sugar as possible.

For years, five servings of fruits and vegetables seemed to be the benchmark of a healthy diet. No one was eating enough of them. Then, last year, a study by Imperial College London found that doubling the amount to ten servings was way healthier and could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide every year. Most people are not eating enough fruit & veg.
And lastly, have you come across the book published recently by Lynne McTaggart ,“The Power of Eight”? I know I have mentioned this book before and the exciting research that she has done over the last 30 years exploring the miraculous energies of small groups that help others to heal. You can learn more about this from ANH
The results achieved by many hundreds of Power of Eight groups here in the U.K. and around the world have been nothing short of staggering. If you’d like to join a "Power of Eight Group" here in Swansea, please contact me.

Blog Sept/Oct 2018

Fats & Oils
How often I wonder have we all heard the phrase “low-fat or fat-free diets” in the last decade or so? Very many times I wager. And yet the false science behind these phrases is fast beginning to falter.
We all need fats and oils in our diet. We have to have a good mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats, otherwise we won’t remain healthy.
It is important to eat healthy fats that we find in nuts, seeds, avocados and olive oil. And yes even the saturated fats in eggs, coconut oil, grass-fed meat, grass-fed butter and ghee are all good for us.
I have come across patients over the years who have felt quite unwell simply because they didn’t have enough fats in their diet. As soon as they increased their consumption of fats and oils, they felt much better!
But we need to avoid the bad fats that are found in margarines, vegetable oils, and massed produced baked goods, such as pies and pastries.

I was fascinated recently to learn that scientists have now been able to determine what Oetzi the Iceman who lived over 5,000 years ago, ate for his last meal. It was a high fat meal, which included goat and red deer. He had also eaten an ancient type of grain called einkorn. The scientists surmise that the fatty meat he ate not only helped Oetzi survive, but gave him sustained energy at the high altitude where he was found. Our bodies will naturally burn fat for energy when carbohydrate food is exhausted.
In fact eating a high-fat/low-carb diet is one of the best ways to loose weight and help control problems such as diabetes.

Fish Oil recent reports suggest that Omega 3 fish oil does not help prevent heart disease. But it seems another much larger study very recently done in China showed that fish oil very definitely has a beneficial effect on heart health and lowers death rates in both men and women. Why was this study ignored?

In research done in 2016, a comparison covering 42 countries found that there was no link between red meat and dairy products causing heart disease. The author of the report stated that the biggest problems were cereals, wheat and potatoes increasing that risk. i.e. these foods have a high glycemic index which cause an excess secretion of insulin. As one cardiologist said at the time “when you eat a hamburger, throw away the bun and eat the meat”!! Hopefully that meat is from organic and grass-fed cattle!

Fake news>
We hear a lot about fake news these days and quite frankly I believe it is almost impossible to know sometimes when we are being told the truth!
Powerful organisations try their utmost to prevent us from knowing the truth. It goes on all the time. They get away with it by not telling us all the facts.
A very good example of this was printed in one of our national dailies recently. The article stated by that “anti-vaccination sites promote fake science” and went on to say that that “Andrew Wakefield, is the discredited doctor behind fraudulent research linking MMR vaccine to autism” etc etc. What they don’t tell you is that Dr. Andrew Wakefield was exonerated by implication when his colleague, Prof John Walker-Smith, who helped in his work, was totally exonerated in a High Court decision in 2012. At the same time the Lancet ombudsman, Dr. Molyneux, acknowledged that the UK General Medical Council’s findings of misconduct against Dr. Wakefield had been overturned.

Be careful of so-called “fake news”!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the fine weather this Summer and absorbed plenty of Vitamin D!

Blog July/Aug 2018

Breast Screening “Scandal”

Do you remember a couple of months ago, when it was trumpeted on the news that many women were not screened by mammogram for breast cancer because of computer ‘errors’??

It has long been known that mammograms do not save lives and now in a letter to a national daily on 5th May this year, a group of academics and GPs say women aged 70-79 who are being offered catch-up appointments should only seek help if they notice a lump or other symptoms.
"[They] would be well advised to look this gift horse in the mouth," the medical professionals wrote in the newspaper.
"The breast screening programme mostly causes more unintended harm than good, which is slowly being recognised internationally.
“Many women and doctors now avoid breast screening because it has no impact on all-cause death.
“The claims of lives saved because of breast screening are counteracted by deaths resulting from interventions and the most dangerous and advanced cancers are not prevented by screening programmes.”
The best breast screening available today is Thermography.It is far more accurate than mammography and has no side effects. Sadly it is not widely available in the U.K., but is available at some centres.
Thermography https://thenaturaldoctor.org/services/women/breast-thermography/

Saving the NHS
The Government has just announced that it is to “invest” millions more to help solve the “NHS Crisis”. Is this really the answer???
Would it not be better for the Government to address some of the many causes that are crippling our over-burdened health care system instead?
Can I suggest a few:
• Confront the enormous problems cause by over consumption of sugar, sweeteners and junk food. Would it not be better to tax all high sugar products and junk food? Or put compulsory warning labels on them?
• Just by cutting down on junk food automatically treats the problem of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, chronic disease and cancer. These illnesses are not going to go away by flinging more money at the NHS or on research, or by taking more exercise!
• Address the issue of our ever increasing “compensation culture”. This alone costs the NHS 60% of its annual budget!!! In 2017/2018 the NHS budget amounted to £125 billion. So that amounts to £75 billion in compensation!! Ouch! I am not saying that compensation is wrong, just that it is over-used and that payments probably could be reduced in many cases. The payments should be used for better care, not to encourage people to get rich on our hard earned National Insurance payments.
• Spend money to encourage better nutrition for our nation, in our schools and hospitals and by teaching the nation as a whole to eat and cook better quality food. Delete the word “calories” from our vocabularies and substitute the words nutritious and quality instead! And yes, more exercise is important, but it has to be coupled with much better quality nutrition.
I hope you all enjoy the Summer. How wonderful we have had some good dry weather in recent days!

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