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BANT CALLS ON ITS MEMBERS TO RESPOND TO A BANT STRATEGIC CONSULTATION

You have seen our profession moving forward in strides during 2017 and Lifestyle Medicine is becoming a mainstream topic discussed both in healthcare forums and public facing communications. BANT equally wishes to move on with the times and demonstrate that BANT Members have been practising lifestyle medicine for years before the term was even coined in its current manifestation.

To support BANT Nutrition Practitioners in their professional standing, varied roles within the field of nutrition, and to further publicise the important role we play in providing nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to our clients and the public, BANT proposes to change the name of the association from British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy to British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

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2018 BANT MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL NOTICE

As we near the end of 2017 it is time to think about renewing your BANT membership. Your current membership expires on 31st December 2017 with the new membership starting on 1st January 2018.
You will be able to renew your BANT membership any time from 1st to 31st January 2018. We are pleased to confirm that once again, there will be no increase to the membership fees this year.

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BANT Interested to Note Medical News Today Article on General Adaptation Syndrome and Highlights its Link to Adrenal Fatigue

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) was interested to note the publication of a report describing General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) in Medical News Today, this morning (https://tinyurl.com/ycnbzhh5).  GAS is the physical manifestation of chronic and continued stress on the body. For many years, BANT nutrition practitioners have advised their clients on this topic, which is linked to adrenal fatigue.

Previously, doubt has been cast on the existence of the physiological effects of long lasting stressors, despite the phenomenon being first discussed by Hans Selye in 1936. Selye clearly described the body’s responses to stress in terms of both the general adaptation syndrome and the activation of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenocortical System (HPA). Modern day stressors which may cause GAS include: psychological, physical, social or the consumption of stimulants. Selye’s initial research was conducted on rats, however, a search this morning for academic studies relating to adrenal fatigue in humans, showed over 1,000 studies for 2017 alone, demonstrating how the health implications of this condition are now being taken seriously by the medical establishment.

GAS occurs in three distinct phases, (1) The Alarm Stage or ‘Fight or Flight’ (2) The Adaption or Resistance Stage and (3) The Exhaustion Stage.  The bodily resources, including key hormones, needed to sustain the body during each of these stages, has a cascade effect on other functions on the body and may cause unwanted symptoms including: a depressed immune system resulting in more frequent viral infections, an increased risk to Type 2 Diabetes and mental health issues, amongst others.

BANT nutrition practitioners have been working for many years to support their clients who have shown symptoms relating to adrenal fatigue, advising them on nutrients and lifestyle practices to support their health, based on a thorough assessment of case history and any functional test results. BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners take into account individuality that enables personalisation of dietary advice based on the most up-to-date research available. BANT Nutrition Practitioners will also suggest their client’s seek other stress relieving activities such as meditation and yoga.

As members of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council Accredited Register (AR, CNHC) BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners and other CNHC registrants, are the key workforce asset to harness 21st century lifestyle medicine to tackle the rising tide of stress related fatigue, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, dementia and other chronic diseases of ageing. A recent report by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Professional Standards Agency made a key recommendation that AR practitioners have the authority to make direct NHS referrals, in appropriate cases, to ease the administrative burden on GP surgeries.

To find a BANT practitioner, please click here: 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: +44 870 606 1284

 

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.

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. It is a progressive approach to health optimisation.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority to be as competent as other traditional healthcare providers.  It has been recognised that they can make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.

NOVEMBER BANT NEWS

Welcome to the November issue of BANT ENews, this month’s feature article focuses on an interview with our Chair, Miguel Toribio-Mateas about on the value of n, size of 1, trials in the practice of nutritional and lifestyle medicine. The PPC gives a reminder on data protection and confidentiality requirements and this month we include not one but two book reviews: Beat Chronic Disease by BANT member Fleur Brown and How to Prevent Burnout by BANT member, Susan Scott.

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BANT News November Goes Live

Welcome to the November issue of BANT ENews, this month’s feature article focuses on an interview with our Chair, Miguel Toribio-Mateas about on the value of n, size of 1, trials in the practice of nutritional and lifestyle medicine. The PPC gives a reminder on data protection and confidentiality requirements and this month we include not one but two book reviews: Beat Chronic Disease by BANT member Fleur Brown and How to Prevent Burnout by BANT member, Susan Scott. Access the BANT news here.

BANT Responds to the Guardian Article Regarding ‘Is Your Gut Microbiome the Key to Health and Happiness?”

A recent feature in The Guardian highlights the importance of gut health for a balanced mood and mental wellbeing. A link to the article can be found here: https://amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/nov/06/microbiome-gut-health-digestive-system-genes-happiness

Gut health, microbiota, microbiome, stool testing, are all favourite keywords in any BANT member’s vocabulary, and terms that functional nutrition practitioners have known for a very long time.

The feature highlights the key role that gut microbes play in mental health, and explores the concept of “psychobiotics”.  BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas, who is exploring the connection between gut microbiota in individuals with cognitive decline and the severity of their symptoms as part of his doctoral research at Middlesex university said: “I’m delighted to see growing interest in the gut-brain connection. BANT members have been using stool tests for years and this new research supports BANT nutrition practitioners who wish to help those who have issues other than just gastrointestinal.

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.

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 stool tests results and provide individualised recommendations to optimise a client’s health.

To find a BANT registered practitioner click here: http://bant.org.uk/bant/jsp/practitionerSearch.faces

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

 Daniel O’Shaughnessy

Communications@bant.org.uk

Tel: +44 870 606 1284

 

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.

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. It is a progressive approach to health optimisation.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority to be as competent as other traditional healthcare providers.  It has been recognised that they can make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.

OCTOBER BANT NEWS

Welcome to the October issue of BANT ENews, this month’s feature article focuses on nutrigenomics and the launch of the BANT Nutrigenomics Learning Zone Module. Alison Benbow, MSc.DipCNut. RNT, provides an outline of the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) and University of Worcester research project collaboration, whose aim was to understand qualified practitioner profiles. The PPC provides useful information on BANT practitioner obligations regarding clients with poor mental health.

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BANT News October Goes Live

Welcome to the October issue of BANT ENews, this month’s feature article focuses on nutrigenomics and the launch of the BANT Nutrigenomics Learning Zone Module. Alison Benbow, MSc.DipCNut. RNT, provides an outline of the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) and University of Worcester research project collaboration, whose aim was to understand qualified practitioner profiles. The PPC provides useful information on BANT practitioner obligations regarding clients with poor mental health. Access the BANT news here.

BANT News September Goes Live

Welcome to the September issue of BANT eNews, this month is all about Practice Management. A little bit of a head-start for our newly graduated members who are taking their first steps as nutrition practitioners and some helpful hints and tips for our more seasoned members. Included in the issue are articles on ‘Client Compliance’ by Ruth Jamieson, ‘The practical guide to starting a practice: 5 essential steps’ by Nina Sabat and ‘Setting Up a Premises’ by Atiya Khan. Our piece from the volunteer PPC team explains the role of the PPC in supporting you, our members, in your day to day practice dilemmas. Access the BANT news here.