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BANT WEBINAR PROGRAMME 2017

BANT is relaunching its successful member webinar programme for 2017 with eminent functional medicine and nutritional science speakers including Dr. Grisanti and Dr Miguel Toribio-Mateas amongst others. Dr. Grisanti has kindly created a short welcome video to launch our 2017 webinar programme and this can be view here.

Each month’s webinars will be published on the BANT website under the Centre of Excellence (orange section) at this link on the last day of every month, so keep an eye on social media – Facebook Members or LinkedIn for information and news. You can also access webinars from years prior to 2017 at this link. Please note that the webinars are CPD approved and will be listed in the dropdown selection when you add the webinar to you online CPD log.

Our first webinar of year is now available. Provided by the Functional Medicine University the webinar is entitled ‘The Triage Theory: It All Starts with Individual Nutritional Optimisation’. It is a fascinating insight into the Triage Theory, the concept that when nutrients are scarce, the body will triage which nutrients are most important for survival today, risking health into later years of life. The webinar is presented by Kirstin Keilty MS, CNS.  To access the webinar, click here.

Vitamin D – Not Just for Bones and Muscle

BANT welcomes the publication of the study by Martineau et al., which concluded that taking “Vitamin D supplementation was safe and it protected against acute respiratory tract infection overall. Patients who were very vitamin D deficient and those not receiving bolus doses experienced the most benefit”. (http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.i6583)

BANT was disappointed by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN) recommendation to Public Health England (PHE) that vitamin D supplementation could only be recommended for bone and muscle health, despite all the scientific evidence to the contrary.

Did SACN not find any correlations because of its own criteria?  “Clinical advice to high risk women (obesity, darker skinned, reduced exposure to sunlight) is outside SACN’s remit”. BANT feels that ignoring thousands of studies, including genetic and epidemiological studies that have linked vitamin D deficiency with the development of autoimmune disease and other conditions, is a missed opportunity and questions how PHE plans to measure the damage done to those who are not benefiting from appropriate governmental advice.
BANT Chairman Miguel Toribio-Mateas said: “Vitamin D has traditionally been known for its role in bone metabolism, but emerging evidence suggests a much broader role for vitamin D in immune regulation. In fact, vitamin D deficiency has been associated as a contributor to the pathogenesis and severity of diverse autoimmune disorders, from autoimmune bowel conditions like coeliac disease to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis; some of the main reasons individuals seek dietary advice from our members.

Despite the fact that it has been clear for 20 years that vitamin D is necessary for muscle and bone health, amended government advice has only just been released. If I were a muscle or bone condition sufferer, who has not been supplementing daily with the now recommended 10 micrograms of extra vitamin D and I am only now being told I must take it because PHE’s nutritionists debated whether published evidence was robust enough to recommend supplements, I would be furious. I would, in fact, be tempted to sue PHE for damages to my health resulting from the inability of government scientists to spot the direction of travel in science, the outcome of which is damage to the health of millions of individuals who could have been enjoying better health for years. “

Personalisation

There is consistent scientific evidence that in some people with variants in vitamin D metabolism and vitamin D-receptor genes, their ability to convert vitamin D into a usable form is compromised, meaning that these individuals may remain deficient despite supplementation. Therefore, knowing about these genetic variants would allow an appropriately trained practitioner to recommend a vitamin D protocol that is tailored to these individuals’ needs. As shown in clinical trials conducted in a variety of countries around the world, a simple blood test that measures serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D confirms that even when vitamin D is supplemented at modest levels, like the 10μg (400IU) proposed by Public Health England, some people will continue to have inadequate vitamin D levels.

Additionally, some of the foods that are traditionally fortified with vitamin D, like flour made from milled cereals, used for bread-making and in most commercially available breakfast cereals, are also associated with higher levels of diet-driven inflammation, known as Dietary Inflammatory Index, and may not be suitable for all, further contributing to lack of vitamin D intake from dietary sources.

Where can you find sources of vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin whose primary source is sunlight. Very few foods contain vitamin D, hence the recommendation for supplementation.

From foods

Food sources of vitamin D include sardines, cod liver (available as a pate that can be used as a savoury spread), tinned tuna, liver, eggs. However, please note that food sources are notoriously poor. With regards to fortified foods (the equivalent of taking a supplement that’s been added to your food) like orange juice and breakfast cereals, BANT considers that these may be useful for those individuals who are not able to eat any other sources of vitamin D or to supplement, but strongly advises all to read the labels and check for sugar content, both natural sugars and added (sucrose and fructose in many cases) as well as other undesirable ingredients.

From supplements

Vitamin D comes in two forms: D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). Vitamin D2 is manufactured by the UV irradiation of ergosterol in yeast, and vitamin D3 is made by the irradiation of 7-dehydrocholesterol from lanolin and the chemical conversion of cholesterol.

Both forms have been regarded as equivalent, based on their ability to combat rickets and, indeed, most steps involved in the metabolism and actions of both forms are identical, and both forms effectively raise serum 25(OH)D levels. However, studies have shown that high doses of Vitamin D2 are less potent and therefore BANT recommends supplementing with Vitamin D3.

How much will I need? 

RNT’s are able to provide individualised recommendations.  BANT registered practitioners are insured to recommend supplements where needed. This is after thorough assessment based on clinical practice framework, which takes into account test results. BANT Registered Nutritional Therapists are uniquely trained to prescribe food supplements with caution, assess supplement quality, know supplement interactions with medications and appropriate dosing for the individual client.

BANT Registered Nutritional Therapists take into account individuality that enables personalisation of dietary advice based on the most up-to-date research available. They do not endorse or promote ‘one-size-fits-all’ advice following the health trend of the moment.

How to find your BANT Registered Nutritional Therapist

BANT, The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy, recommends that you choose a Registered Nutritional Therapist who has undertaken training at an accredited course thereby ensuring necessary training to understand the theory and practice of nutritional therapy. BANT-member Registered Nutritional Therapists are regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The CNHC holds an Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). The PSA oversees statutory bodies and accredits organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations in the UK. By choosing Registered Nutritional Therapist, registered with the CNHC, you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.

To find a BANT Registered Nutritional Therapist in your area click on the link: http://bant.org.uk/bant/jsp/practitionerSearch.faces

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Daniel O’Shaughnessy

Communications@bant.org.uk

Tel: +44 7540  722307

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutritional therapist.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) in their ability to make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.

 

References:

  1. Barry, E. L., Rees, J. R., Peacock, J. L., Mott, L. A., Amos, C. I., Bostick, R. M., Figueiredo, J. C., Ahnen, D. J., Bresalier, R. S., Burke, C. A. & Baron, J. A. (2014) Genetic variants in CYP2R1, CYP24A1, and VDR modify the efficacy of vitamin D3 supplementation for increasing serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in a randomized controlled trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 99(10) pp. E2133-7.
  2. Cantorna, M. T., Mcdaniel, K., Bora, S., Chen, J. & James, J. (2014) Vitamin D, immune regulation, the microbiota, and inflammatory bowel disease. Exp Biol Med (Maywood), 239(11) pp. 1524-30.
  3. Chowdhury, R., Kunutsor, S., Vitezova, A., Oliver-Williams, C., Chowdhury, S., Kiefte-De-Jong, J. C., Khan, H., Baena, C. P., Prabhakaran, D., Hoshen, M. B., Feldman, B. S., Pan, A., Johnson, L., Crowe, F., Hu, F. B. & Franco, O. H. (2014) Vitamin D and risk of cause specific death: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational cohort and randomised intervention studies. Bmj, g1903.
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  8. National Institutes of Health of the United States of America (2016) Vitamin D Factsheet for Health Professionals. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/#en2. Accessed online Thursday 21st July 2016.
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  11. Shivappa, N., Hebert, J. R., Rosato, V., Rossi, M., Montella, M., Serraino, D. & La Vecchia, C. (2016) Dietary inflammatory index and ovarian cancer risk in a large Italian case-control study. Cancer Causes Control, 27(7) pp. 897-906.

BANT Encourages its Members to Sign the ‘Fight the Fads’ Petition

BANT Council encourages any members who have not yet already done so to sign the Fight the Fads petition for protection of title ‘Nutritionist’. The public deserve to know that practitioners are properly regulated and protection of title is one way to ensure that. Previously the Health & Care Professions Council have encouraged Nutrition Society, BDA and BANT to work together to protect the public.

To sign the petition, click on the link here: https://fightthefads.com/government-petition/

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Click here to download the PDF version of this response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Daniel O’Shaughnessy

Communications@bant.org.uk

Tel: +44 7540  722307

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutritional therapist.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) in their ability to make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.

BANT Members Clinical Training in Functional Testing Allows Them to Become Accredited Practitioners for “Map My Gut”

As highlighted in today’s Daily Mail, the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is proud that its registered practitioners have been chosen to work with Professor Tim Spector and his team as part of the “Map My Gut” gut microbiome sequencing service.

Unlike other nutrition based professions, BANT registered practitioners have functional testing as part of their core curriculum clinical training and are, therefore, ideally placed to assess the Map My Gut test results and provide individualised recommendations to optimise a client’s health.

Map My Gut is a unique lifetime health management company providing in-depth personalised microbiome analysis examining links between our health and the many bacteria living in our guts. As well as personalised testing the company also performs research into healthy foods and diets and advise the health food industry.

The human microbe community (microbiome) plays a key role in our health and is vital for digestion, vitamin production and regulation of our immune system and even our mood and appetite. As a result, understanding how the bacteria living in your gut affects you and what you can do to increase its diversity is vital for wellbeing.

This innovative and forward-thinking screening programme is the brainchild of Professor Tim Spector co-founder of the British Gut project, Dr Alessandra Cervino, an expert in the field of genetics and microbes and Jeff Leach co-founder of the American Gut project.

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Click here to download the PDF version of this response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Daniel O’Shaughnessy

Communications@bant.org.uk

Tel: +44 7540  722307

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutritional therapist.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) in their ability to make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.

CONSULTING ROOM FOR RENT

Great opportunity for developing/ expanding a central London practice or relocating an existing practice to a prestigious and convenient SW1 location. We are a multi-disciplinary clinic established since 1993 looking for a new Nutritional Therapist to join our team on a consulting room rental basis. Choice of elegant room styles and layouts. Early/ late hours and weekends possible. Reasonable all-inclusive rates.

Contact: David 07831 434680/ properts@msn.com

AGM 2017 FINAL PAPERWORK

This is the final paperwork for the AGM 2017. We are delighted to inform you that BANT’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday March 18th 2017 at the Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT from 9.30am. We have a packed agenda reporting on some exciting developments over the year and plans to further promote the standing of Registered Nutritional Therapists in 2017.

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REGISTERED NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST

We are looking for a Registered Nutritional Therapist to join our team as part of our ongoing business growth and development.

The role is suited to a motivated and educated Therapist who is passionate about Nutritional Therapy.

Therapy Organics are committed to promoting Nutritional Therapy within the shop and clinic and have an established and growing clientele. This is a great opportunity for a therapist to become part of the team.

Suggested Hours: 2 or 3 days per week Monday, Thursday & some Saturdays would be essential). We may allocate half days to start with whilst building a client base.

Key Skills:

  • Fully qualified as a Registered Nutritional Therapist.
  • Fully insured and a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists. Other professional organization membership would be an advantage.
  • Science based practitioner with working knowledge of functional testing and partnerships already in place with recognized laboratories.
  • Proven record as an excellent and organized practitioner, excellent listening and communication skills.
  • Passionate about natural approaches to health, beauty and lifestyle.
  • Customer friendly, willing to go the extra mile and nothing is too much trouble.
  • Self motivated and embraces responsibility. Able to work alone and in a team.
  • Computer and social media literate.
  • Interested in being part of the company growth and development.

Key Roles:

  • To provide Nutritional Therapy within the clinic.
  • To provide out of clinic support for their clients in terms of Nutritional Plan write ups, functional testing analysis, and responding to client enquiries and questions within a reasonable timescale.
  • Potential to run workshops and events, Nutritional Group Programmes and potential to support commercial project work.
  • To look after customers in the clinic environment. To also look after the clinic room used, clean down after use.
  • Potential to participate in business development, working with the business owners.
  • To educate customers about corresponding products for their individual requirements.

The successful candidate would work under Director and Senior Nutritional Therapist, Jacklyn Coldwell-Collins.

Self employed basis to start. Therapy Organics will handle bookings, payments, advertising, and room associated costs. The therapist to work under the Therapy Organics brand as a team member. We will also be happy to consider the role becoming an employed position and provide support with ongoing training. This will be subject to a probabtion period and discussion about the therapist/business requirements.

Closing Date for applications: 4th Mar. To apply please send cover letter and CV to jackie@therapyorganics.co.uk

BANT ANNUAL MEMBER SURVEY RESULTS 2016

Our thanks to all of you who completed the member survey last September. This is the third BANT Annual Member Survey aimed at giving you a say in how your professional body can be of maximum benefit to you. A full article outlining the survey results will be published in February’s newsletter but we wanted to give you a snapshot of your responses here! In 2016, we had a 2% greater response rate from the 2015 survey and respondents showed a higher level of awareness and engagement with BANT, which is really positive. We want to build on this in 2017 to ensure all members feel supported in their training and practice.

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