Monthly Archives: September 2017

Student News Bulletin

Hopefully you’re back in this swing of the new academic year and are hungry for educational content. Luckily there are webinars, conferences and BANT meetings coming up to whet your appetite. We’ve picked out a few upcoming ones below including the a BANT student webinar and an ION day on SIBO, a BANT local meeting related to nutrient bioavailability and absorption, a Cytoplan conference on stress.

Free BANT Student Network Webinar: ‘SIBO and Breath Testing’ – Thursday 28th of September from 10-11am with Laura Stirling

We would like to invite you to our next BANT Student Network Webinar with Laura Stirling on the 28th of September 2017 at 10am. The webinar is free and exclusive to BANT student members!

Click here to book your place or e-mail Alma at [email protected] by Tuesday 26th of September 2017.

Laura will be giving an introduction to the small intestine bacterial overgrowth and will be talking about the signs and symptoms, testing, interpretation guidelines and therapeutic options.

About Laura Stirling

Laura graduated from BCNH – UK College of Nutrition & Health with a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy, and works for Regenerus Laboratories with 10 years of experience in supporting functional laboratory diagnostics.  Laura has a thorough understanding of the clinical utility of testing and is able to support practitioners with their choice of testing and with the application of test results.  She lectures at nutritional colleges to assist in practitioner training, and runs a successful nutritional therapy practice in London. Her special interests include digestive health, stress and hormones.

There will be a chance to ask questions at the end of the webinar. If you would like to ask Laura any questions prior to the webinar, please go to www.linkedin.com/groups/BANT-Student-Members-Group-4061266.

ION Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Testing Masterclass

Venue: Ambassador House, Paradise Road, Richmond, TW9 1SQ, UK

When: Wed, 15/11/2017 – 10:00 to 16:30

Price: Practitioner £100, students £80 (20% discount!)

Join Sara Weyland and Jackie McCusker for an in-depth look into SIBO testing. This Masterclass will highlight the challenges involved with SIBO testing including the ongoing debate over which substrate, lactulose vs glucose, is preferable for SIBO breath testing. Learn how to determine when to test, which test is best for your patient population and how to interpret the results to inform your treatment plan. The primary focus of this workshop will be on breath testing for SIBO with some discussion on therapeutics.

Click here for more info and to book.

BANT Local Network Meetings

BANT local networks are a great way to network with local nutritional therapists, other students and get access to free or low-cost educational talks.  A talk taking place this evening in south-west London is open to all BANT members:

BIOAVAILABILITY AND PATHWAYS FOR COMMON CONDITIONS

18 September 2017, 7.30PM – 9.30PM, Gooseberry Bush Cafe, 115 Kingston Rd, Wimbledon, SW19 1LT
Sue McGarrigle, Bionutri

ACTIVITY: BANT Local Networks / Regional Branch Meetings
EVENT ORGANISER: BANT LNC – MARCELLE DUBRUEL
TYPE OF CPD: Active
CPD HOURS: 2.00
COST (£): 0
REGISTER:  bant.org.uk/members-area/bant-local-networks/local-network-coordinators-list/#Marcelle_Dubruel

Check out upcoming meetings in your area here.

Cytoplan Conference: Making the Best of Stress

Saturday 7th October 2017 | 10am – 5pm

Riverside Building, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB

Price: Practitioners £50, students £40 (20% discount, make the most of being a student!)

Stress has such an impact on all aspects of our physiology including the gut as stress can reduce production of stomach acid, thereby contributing towards risk of SIBO. In this conference next month Dr John Briffa and Miguel Toribio-Mateas will explore evidence-based clinical nutrition and lifestyle approaches to manage stress, promote resilience and support neuroplasticity. This exciting education day has been designed with health practitioners in mind who follow a functional or whole-person approach and who provide their patients/clients with lifestyle and nutrition “prescriptions”.

A healthy lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Book your place here

… don’t go yet – if you have any recipes, reviews, book recommendations or comments , or there’s something you’d like to see, please send it to [email protected] or post it on our LinkedIn page (BANT Student Network). Or don’t forget twitter (@BANTonline) and our Facebook account (BANT Members Group). We’d love to hear from you!

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.

SEPTEMBER BANT NEWS

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.

View the BANT News

View the eblast

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  • Newly qualified practitioners build confidence and skills
  • Established practitioners become more profitable and gain a better work-life balance
  • Very experienced practitioners stay fresh, effective and motivated to find new challenges

Joining a Supervision group is a perfect way to explore where you are heading and how to get there, with the added bonus of earning two CPD hours per session.  It also provides the reassurance that you are safeguarding yourself and your clients.

To access the full eblast – click here

Student News Bulletin

Hopefully you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer, maybe taken the opportunity to catch up on some nutritional reading or viewing when rain stopped play. This issue is a short one to ease you into the new academic year with a look back at a webinar that happened over the summer, important research that was published last week and a reminder to complete the BANT members’ survey.

August BANT Webinar: Nutrition Evidence Database 

This webinar introduces the Nutrition Evidence Database, a platform of high quality nutritional science and lifestyle medicine research. It has been designed to support nutritional practitioners’ in their clinical decisions, enabling the delivery of effective, individualised evidence-based recommendations. The webinar includes:

  • An introduction to the Nutrition Evidence Database
  • Key features of the database including enhancement of research papers
  • An introduction to the Nutrition Evidence Editorial Board
  • How to log in and how to provide comments/feedback to the developers
  • A demonstration of the database; using filters and search functions
  • An overview of future developments.

This webinar takes you through a step-by-step demonstration of how to use the Nutrition Evidence Database and shows you how it works in practice.

This webinar provides realistic and practical advice designed to support nutritional therapy practice, whether you are a student who has just started seeing clients for the first time or have been in practice for many years.

To access the webinar, click here.

Lancet Study Highlights a Lower Carbohydrate, High Fat Diet May Support Health

The Lancet published research based on a large cohort from multiple countries that looked at associations between macronutrient intake and cardiovascular events, including fatalities, which can be viewed here.  It was found that higher carbohydrate intake was “associated with higher risk of total mortality”, whereas that was not associated with cardiovascular disease events or fatalities.

Importantly it was stated that “dietary guidelines should be reconsidered in light of these findings”.  BANT picked up on this paper, their response calling for dietary guideline change can be viewed here.

Urgent – Help us do the best for you by taking just 10 minutes to complete the BANT Member Survey

BANT needs your invaluable feedback on how you feel about what the organisation is achieving on your behalf, so that we can continually improve how we support you as a Registered Nutritional Therapist or student Nutritional Therapist.  So please take 10 minutes to complete the survey and as an added bonus you could win a £50 Amazon Voucher!!

Just click the below to enter the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BANTMEMBER17

The survey will close at 6.00pm on Tuesday 5th September 2017 (TODAY!)

… don’t go yet – if you have any recipes, reviews, book recommendations or comments , or there’s something you’d like to see, please send it to [email protected] or post it on our LinkedIn page (BANT Student Network). Or don’t forget twitter (@BANTonline) and our Facebook account (BANT Members Group). We’d love to hear from you!

Cochrane Systematic Reviews Finds Insufficient Evidence to Recommend Consumption of Whole Grains to Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease – BANT Comments

A new systematic review published by the Cochrane Collaboration has found that there is insufficient evidence from randomised controlled trials to date to recommend consumption of whole grain diets to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood cholesterol or blood pressure. Cochrane Systematic Reviews are recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas welcomed the publication of this review as it confirms the conclusion arrived at by the WHOLEheart research project, a randomised controlled trial funded by the UK Foods Standards Agency and published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2010 (link here).

Toribio-Mateas continues: Public Health England (PHE) published a blog entitled “Healthy eating advice must be based on the best evidence” on the “Public Health Matters” website by PHE n May 2016. I posted a question for Dr Louis Levy if he’d be so kind to explain what would be wrong with replacing at least some of the starchy carbohydrate – mostly from wholegrains – with carbohydrate in green leafy and other vegetables (leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots). The question is still showing as “pending moderation”. Surely Dr Levy was aware of the WHOLEheart study results? Why then has PHE allowed cereal product producers to continue to display “heart friendly” logos on packs of cereal, bread, etc. where there is no evidence that these foods protect from cardiovascular disease, lower cholesterol or blood pressure? The UK Government’s Eatwell Guide says that “fibre is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. It may help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers, but most importantly it helps digestive health.” Given there’s no evidence to support the “heart health” claim, if wholegrains are included in the Eatwell Guide merely for their fibre content, why can’t someone increase their vegetable intake instead, e.g. 7 a day instead of 5 and reduce the amounts of wholegrains based on personal preference or, indeed, tolerance to starchy carbohydrate.

BANT and its members do not advocate for the removal of wholegrains from anyone’s diet. BANT members are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority to support their clients’ health with individualised, evidenced-based nutrition advice. Whilst guidelines can be useful as a starting point, promoting a one-size-fits-all dietary model such as “the Eatwell Guide” as a “healthy balanced diet” for everyone, is a concept that is losing the support of healthcare professionals across the board.”

BANT members are uniquely trained to individualise their nutrition advice so that it tackles the need of the person they’re working with, instead of following a handout generated by a computer programme.”

The most common reasons people seek nutritional advice is to address weight loss and/ or for general health and wellbeing. These issues are addressed by BANT with the following guidelines, which BANT members use as a starting point to individualise their recommendations according to their client’s needs:

The, clear, concise format of the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines enables people to see easily what food choices they should be making.  More detailed information is also given to guide people in how to make these choices and which other lifestyle factors they should be addressing.

Key advice provided by the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines includes the following:

  • Weight Loss or General Health and Wellbeing: Everyone is unique but whatever your goal similar nutritional principles and health and wellbeing guidelines will apply.
  • Eat a Rainbow: a varied diet of 7 differently coloured fruit and vegetables per day.
  • Stay hydrated with water, herbal teas, green and black teas. Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks and too much caffeine
  • Ensure protein is lean: fish, poultry, eggs and vegetable sources. Limit red and processed meat.
  • Include healthy fats: avocados, nuts, olive oil. Cook with healthy saturated fats: olive oil and butter.
  • Choose root vegetables and whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates and grains: Eat sparingly.
  • For Weight Loss: include exercise, limit portion sizes, don’t eat between meals. Avoid: Sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol and refined carbohydrates.
  • Include the right supplements: vitamin D, in particular, for most people and probiotics as advised by your Registered Nutritional Therapist
  • Sleep and Exercise are an important aspect in overall Health and Wellbeing and Weight Management.

Click here to download the PDF version of this response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

 Daniel O’Shaughnessy

[email protected]

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.