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Student Bulletin

The future looks bright with complimentary health practitioners gaining government recognition and we as students soon to join the ranks.  To help with the transition into practice checkout the social media webinar.  Also there’s an interesting video from Dr Rhonda Patrick and you may have noticed that we’re going monthly!

Nutritional Practitioners an Untapped Resource:

A public health report has suggested complimentary healthcare practitioners, such as nutritional therapist, could be better utilised to improve public health.  This could contribute to improved visibility amongst other healthcare professionals and the public!

The report recognised the untapped resource of accredited, Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) registered practitioner.  A requirement of practising as a BANT nutritional therapist is registration with CNHC.  The Professional Standards Authority (PSA), a government body that oversees the CNHC, and the Royal Society for Public health (RSPH) jointly published a report exploring ways complimentary healthcare professionals, including nutritional therapists, on accredited registers could contribute to promoting public health.  It was suggested that because practitioners build trust with their clients, coupled with the relatively long appointments, that they are well placed to promote healthy lifestyle practices and are currently an underutilised public health resource.  Read the full report here

Obviously, this is what we as future nutritional therapists will do and it’s great that a government body such as PSA and RSPH has recognised the contribution we could and do make.  Read the response of BANT chairman, Miguel Toribio Mateas here

Social Media Webinar:

Did you see the social media webinar with May Simpkin?  It was incredibly helpful for those thinking of launching a nutritional therapy business.  There were some insightful tips and tricks gleaned from her experiences.  In case you missed it, watch the recording here.

Time Restricted Eating for Health:

You may have heard that restricting our eating window to 12 hours or less can have benefit to health such as reduced inflammation and insulin resistance.  In this detailed interview nutritional researcher Rhonda Patrick PhD talks to Dr. Satchidananda Panda of the Salk Institute on time restricted eating research that has been done and that is currently ongoing , watch it here

The exciting research study that is currently ongoing is called myCircadianClock which anyone can join.  Ideally, they are looking for people who don’t already follow a time restricted eating so they can assess a before and after pattern.  Although data from every participant will contribute to a bigger picture so be part of science and sign up 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!

Student Bulletin

In this edition we’ve got a FINAL reminder for the BANT student webinar today at lunchtime!  A free seminar on gut health at various dates around the country and a healthy Halloween recipe.

BANT Student Webinar: Moving forward once you’ve qualified; exploring social media and digital marketing will begin TODAY!

Mon, Oct 30, 2017 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT

If you’re looking to run your own business in nutrition once you’ve qualified, digital marketing will be an important tool to increase your exposure and ultimately bring in new clients. This webinar will guide you and discuss May’s strategy and approach since she qualified with her MSc in 2014 from CNELM.
About May Simpkin
May is a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist with a Masters Science degree in Personalized Nutrition. She is an experienced clinician, practicing functional medicine from an evidence base, providing the latest research into nutrition. She is also Chair of the Continual Professional Committee at BANT, a role that allows her to stay up to date with the latest training providers.

She sees clients on a 121 basis in London/Surrey and runs cooking workshops from her home as well as a yoga health retreat in France twice a year. She has a website which she regularly updates with blogs, recipes and events and has built a mailing list of around 800, mainly clients or those subscribing for a free eBook. She has amassed over 16K Instagram followers in 2 years and is also active on Twitter and Facebook.

Instagram: maysimpkinnutrition
Twitter: @MaySimpkin
Facebook: May Simpkin Nutrition
To ask May any questions prior to the webinar, please go to www.linkedin.com/groups/BANT-Student-Members-Group-4061266 and add your questions to the webinar post.

BioCare: Gut Adaptation – with Alessandro Ferretti – FREE Seminar

Our biggest interface with our environment is our gut, and, even more interestingly, it hosts a huge biological community with which we have evolved and which plays a critical, co-operative part in facilitating health adaptation. In this seminar we will explore the key roles of digestion, motility, integrity and the microbiome and how they interact with all body systems. Join us for free, high quality education and the opportunity to network with your local colleagues!

This seminar is completely free!

The next couple of dates are:

Tues 7 Nov 10am-4.00pm The Hub, Coldean Lane, University of Brighton Sussex
Tues 14 Nov 10am-4.00pm Kings Manor, University of York York

Details on other dates around the country  can be found HERE

To book your place at one of BioCare UK seminars CLICK HERE, email Jacqui at [email protected] or call 0121 433 8774.

Beetroot Brownie Bugs

This recipe was developed by recent ION graduate, Catherine Pohl. Catherine loves to make healthy snacks for her children, and has shared this one that sneaks beetroot into their brownies!  Beetroot is a great source of B vitamins, particularly folate (B9) and many minerals such as manganese, potassium, iron and magnesium which are all essential for good energy production. It also contains a good dose of vitamin C too, to supercharge the immune systems.  The recipe does include a reasonable portion of sugar, but not nearly as much as commercial bought cakes and combining it with the fibre in vegetables should slow down its release into the bloodstream and help avoid sharp spikes in blood sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 125ml coconut oil, melted
  • 150g sugar (I used coconut palm sugar, you could use any brown sugar such as demerara)
  • 1 egg
  • 100-200mls milk (I used almond milk, but any type is fine)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 250g wholemeal flour (I used spelt for extra nutrients, gluten free flour would also work well)
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 250g grated root veg or veg pulp* (I used beetroot and carrot)
  • *optional* 100g dark chocolate chips

*I used left over veg pulp from my juice here, but you could just grate the whole vegetables, in which case reduce the milk to 100 mls

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease (with a little oil) and line a 20x30cm baking tin or prepare trays for 12 cupcake cases.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla until well blended. At home I use my mixer to speed up the process, but when working with the children mixing by hand is fine (and significantly less stressful!)
  3. In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  4. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry mixture until well combined, then add the veggies and chocolate chips (if using).
  5. Portion the mixture out into the cupcake cases or spread evenly into the prepared tin.
  6. Bake for approximately 25 minutes for the cupcakes, 30 minutes for the tin, until the cakes spring back when gently touched. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.

I’ll be honest, I decorated these ones with some not-so-healthy buttercream, but the kids were only too happy to devour many of them straight from the baking rack before I had a chance to get to the icing stage!

More details can be found on Catherine’s Real Food Nutrition blog 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!

Student Bulletin

This issue looks at life after studying through the webinar on the use of social media once you qualified.  There’s also a conference review and resulting stress alleviating smoothie recipe.

BANT Student Network Free Webinar with May Simpkin: Moving forward once you’ve qualified; exploring social media and digital marketing

Monday 30th of October from 11am-12pm

The webinar is free and exclusive to BANT student members!

Click here to book your place or e-mail Alma at [email protected] by Friday 27th October 2017.

If you’re looking to run your own business in nutrition once you’ve qualified, digital marketing will be an important tool to increase your exposure and ultimately bring in new clients. There will be so much to consider from the outset. Creating a website, engaging on the various social media platforms and writing digital content are all key in effectively doing your own PR and if you don’t have experience, this can be a difficult place to start. This webinar will guide you and discuss May’s strategy and approach since she qualified with her MSc in 2014 from CNELM.

About May Simpkin

May is a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist with a Masters Science degree in Personalized Nutrition. She is an experienced clinician, practicing functional medicine from an evidence base, providing the latest research into nutrition. She is also Chair of the Continual Professional Committee at BANT, a role that allows her to stay up to date with the latest training providers.

She sees clients on a 121 basis in London/Surrey and runs cooking workshops from her home as well as a yoga health retreat in France twice a year. She has a website which she regularly updates with blogs, recipes and events and has built a mailing list of around 800, mainly clients or those subscribing for a free eBook. She has amassed over 16K Instagram followers in 2 years and is also active on Twitter and Facebook.

Instagram: maysimpkinnutrition
Twitter: @MaySimpkin
Facebook: May Simpkin Nutrition

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

 

Review of Cytoplan: Making the best of stress

Last weekend I went to the London County Hall for the Cytoplan conference on stress. The day started well as I was greeted with my choice of gluten-free, dairy free breakfasts in the beautiful venue. There were a couple of fellow students from CNELM there as well as practitioners from other fields such as the 2 physiotherapist at the table. The morning presenter was Dr John Briffa, conventionally trained medical doctor who’s practice holistic medicine for the last 20 years and was a funny and engaging speaker. He focused primarily on the HPA axis, addressing areas such as sleep, diet and breathing as ways to improve symptoms of ‘adrenal fatigue’. Personally, I would have been happier if he’d discuss it as HPA axis dysregulation, but the outcomes are likely to be the same. He touched on supplementation with adaptogens including withania sommnifera (ashwagandha), vitamins including C and B-complex, minerals including magnesium and other nutrients.

Lunch was several delicious gluten-free options served with a variety of vegetable and salad options, collected in stylish bento boxes.

The afternoon speaker was BANT chairman Miguel Toribio-Mateas who focused on the pillars of brain health, which included quality sleep, a healthy diet, regular exercise and stress management. Another excellent, engaging speaker he was able to draw on his experience as a yoga teacher, experimentation with various diets, clinical experience and current research to substantiate his presentation and provide anecdotal examples. He also touched on supplementation with adaptogens including ashwagandha and the nootropic bacopa monnieri (brahmi), key nutrients for mitochondrial function (including vitamin C, magnesium, folate, vitamins B6 and B12) ideally from dietary sources and the importance of a wide variety of vegetables to provide fibre for optimal functioning of the gut-brain axis.  Both presenters discussed possible tests that could be used with pros and cons so plenty of food for thought for the future.

Overall it was a great day, full of excellent information and a fantastic opportunity to connect with other nutritional therapists that I’d previously met at BANT Local Network meetings and Functional Forum Meetups. One thing that was slightly annoying was that the presenter’s slides didn’t match delegate packs, but we were sent soft copies of the slides after. Also it would have been nice to have received a video recording of the event, as is provided after IHCAN conferences, there was so much information that I wasn’t able to note down. Having said that it was great value for money and thoroughly enjoyable so I’ll definitely be looking out for future Cytoplan conferences!

 

Stress Resilience Smoothie

Based on nuggets gleaned from the conference, what I had to hand and the fact it was national chocolate week last week I created the following creamy, chocolatey, minty, stress busting delicious smoothie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have every day this week.

  • ½ an avocado – a source of folate and vitamin B6, may help reduce neurotoxic homocysteine levels, protect mitochondrial function, provide cofactors for serotonin synthesis and improve nutrient absorption
  • 2 prunes – for fibre to feed your microbiota
  • ¼ tsp brahmi – nootrophic, super antioxidant and detoxifier
  • (optional) ½ tsp ashwagandha – adaptogen and brain protector
  • 1 tsp turmeric with a grind of black pepper to aid absorption – may help protect brain against stress through its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-apoptosis mechanisms
  • 1 tbsp maca – adaptogen (although not one mentioned in the presentations), rich in nutrients including some B vitamins, may help regulate adrenal health and boost energy
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder – flavonoid rich, may help buffer adrenal stress by inhibiting cortisol biosynthesis, rich in mitochondrial supportive magnesium and may increase beneficial gut bacteria
  • Handful of fresh mint – rich in antioxidant β-carotene, contains vitamin C which may help support adrenal function, rich in iron and B vitamins which could help support energy production
  • 200ml milk of your choice

Blitz until smooth

For more of a meal and increased nutrient density add a handful of green leaves such as kale or a pak choi to the mix and serve with a couple of tablespoons of yoghurt of your choice and berries.

 

 

… 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!

Student Bulletin

The focus of this issue is thinking, something we probably spend our time doing as students!  Here we review a critical appraisal course, look at an option within BANT where we could practice our critical appraisal of research, touch on Alzheimer’s disease, the loss of thinking ability, there’s the option to listen again to Laura’s thought-provoking discussion of SIBO and some other nuggets.

RSM’s research methods and critical appraisal course

Last week one of the BANT student team and 2 other students went to the Royal society of mediçine for a day of learning how to critically appraise research, useful for keeping up to date with current research and finding strong evidence to support our future recommendations. Initially it was slightly intimidating being in a room full of doctors, registrars and medical students but nobody look down on us, we were all there to learn. We learnt a reliable approach to the evaluation and appraisal of published clinical research papers and to consider the principles that underlie randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and realise how they could be subverted by poor design and execution.

Everyone I spoke to found it and extremely useful day, definitely something that will be extremely useful for hr dissertations and future practice or whatever nutritional career we choose to go into. The next one is running Friday 24th November, details can be found here.

And while we’re  at the RSM,  did you see the functional forum that was broadcast from there on Tuesday? If not you can watch the recording here

BANT indexer opportunities

One thing that came up in the critical appraisal day was that the best way to hone your critical appraisal skills is to practice. B ant have volunteering opportunities available for indexers within the centre of excellence where you will contribute towards the nutritional evidence database. Volunteers will be required to  critically appraise reliability, accuracy and validity of research papers. More details and how to apply can be found here.

Nutrition, lifestyle and Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease, an inexorable decline of cognition, is an incurable condition of old age that many fear. However, you may have heard Dr Dale Bredesen talking about his research on Alzheimer’s disease. It has identified metabolic factors that may be imbalanced in Alzheimer’s disease and has developed a proven program of nutrition and lifestyle elements that could be followed with the help of a healthcare professional ( i e nutritional therapist) to improve cognitive health. A short interview can be seen with Dr Dale Bredesen here.

The ReCode program is outlined in his book, The end of Alzheimer’s. Post your thoughts, comments or reviews on the Dr Dale Bredesen thread on our LinkedIn page.

Catch up! BANT Student Network Webinar: ‘SIBO and Breath Testing’

If you’ve missed the student webinar this week it’s well worth a watch full stop Laura sterling gave a thought provoking insight based on current evidence and her clinical experience with small intestine bacterial overgrowth and the testing  options, interpretation guidelines and therapeutic options. You can view it here

Last chance! Cytoplan Conference: Making the Best of Stress

Saturday 7th October 2017 | 10am – 5pm

Riverside Building, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB

Students get a 20% discount off the normal price (£50), £40 for students.

Join one of the student network team to learn about stress resilience, a requirement for studying! In this conference on Saturday 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!

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!

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!

Student News Bulletin

In this week’s news we sign off for the academic year by suggesting a few books for summer reading, a link to Tom O’Bryan’s compelling series on autoimmunity on YouTube, and, to spur you on, our volunteer Harriet Bindloss gives you an idea of what it’s like to finish studying and start planning for the future as a registered Nutritional Therapist.

Book recommendations

Nutrition texts could be the last thing you want to pick up now that term has finished. Perhaps not – you may want to use this time to get ahead with some constructive reading. If you adhere to the latter, this section is for you…

The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got it All Wrong and How Eating More Might Save Your Life’ by Dr James Dinicolantonio is an attention-grabbing book that is making a few waves in the nutrition world.  A stimulating, extensively researched read about salt consumption, or the lack thereof, and its implication for health and ill health that may well turn a few pre-conceived ideas on their heads. As students, now and as we continue to learn once our formal eduction is over, it is important to remember that we should challenge all ideas, young and old – this book will do just that. It costs from £11.19.

The Four Pillars of Healing: How the New Integrated Medicine – the Best of Conventional and Alternative Approaches – Can Cure You’ by Leo Galland. We may not get away with a title that makes such bold promises, but as one of the founding fathers of Functional Medicine, perhaps we can forgive the author that. It’s a fascinating account Leo Galland’s frustrations with the limitations of conventional medicine, and how, by addressing four key elements of lifestyle and focussing on the patient, not the disease, he could return his patients to long-term good health. A must read, and though it is out of print, there are many second hand copies available.

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges’ by Amy Cuddy. If you have watched Amy’s motivating TED talk about power poses, you may want to dash straight to the nearest bookshop to get your hands on this book. A Harvard professor and social psychologist, Amy reveals, using the latest research plus stories from her own experience, how we can let go of the fears and doubts that prevent us from feeling confident, and thereby how to become our best. From £8.99.

Tom O’Bryan’s ‘Betrayal’ series is available on YouTube

Inspired by his funny, charismatic and motivating talk at the IHCAN Conference on 6th May, we wanted to make sure you had the link to series of films Tom O’Bryan made on the subject of autoimmunity. ‘Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You’ includes interviews with Functional Medicine doctors, autoimmune specialists and patients, plus scientists and researchers that include Jeffrey Bland, Aristo Vojdani, Isabella Wentz, Kelly Brogan, Terry Wahls, Mark Hyman, Sara Gottfried, Ben Brown, Miguel Toribio-Mateas, Mark Ash, Christine Bailey, Anthony Haynes and many more. Divided into seven episodes, the series covers the reasons why autoimmunity develops and the steps necessary to protect our (future) clients from it. Do take the time to watch it when you can – it’s a great resource. Click here to watch the first episode.

On finishing the last few academic hurdles at ION

‘Just over two weeks ago, the ION final year students and I sat our final academic challenge to qualify for our Nutritional Therapy diploma – the VIVA. Already we managed to hand in six written assignments alongside seeing four clients seen in the training clinic (totalling eight consultations), plus observations. It has been an intense experience; all year I felt as if have been hurtling permanently at 100 mph, with little respite and no let up at the end. Even during our final week I lost two night’s sleep and two precious working days to ‘life’ (children) happening, so come the VIVA I was utterly spent.

The VIVA itself was a curious mixture of exam fear and, unexpectedly, excitement, and it passed, as promised, without too much drama (except an initial crisis because of a lack of key to the ION building). An oral exam, it was divided, essentially, into two parts. In the first were questions about a client case study that we had two weeks to prepare for (with notes allowed), and in the second were questions testing our understanding of how to practice ethically and according to BANT and CNHC professional standards. It was deeply frustrating that I was so tired because I did not answer my exams as well as I could, but I passed and did not dwell on it too much, helped, I believe, by regular meditation practice.

Now, we’ve had a chance to celebrate and rest; some of us have been on holiday, others have had to continue day jobs. With children in primary school, I’m using this time before the summer holidays to work on my website and make the arrangements I need to be able to start seeing clients once school resumes in September. We are an extremely lucky year group that, largely, shares a strong bond. Aside from the VIVA day, we haven’t met for a while, so there are plans to meet up, and we will continue to do so regularly over the coming months and, hopefully, years. So there is still focus to this time, but there’s a delicious sense of calm and peace – that tense, unsettled feeling of needing to meet a deadline has finally gone. Replacing it is a feeling of building excitement (again) and fear – not a bad fear, but the kind you get when you know something good is going to happen because it’s what you’ve wanted and strived for, but at the same time it’s going to push your comfort zone to strange new places.’

… 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!

Student News Bulletin

This fortnight, an update from our volunteer, Sharon Peck, following the BANT Volunteer of the Year day held last week, we introduce Kal Ratcliffe, one of our new college reps, and a recipe for a smoothie breakfast from Nutri Advanced to power you through the end-of-year exams, for which we wish you all the best luck!

BANT Volunteer Of The Year (VOTY) Day 2017

On Friday this week was the first ever VOTY Day, which was held at a wonderful venue, The Willow in Kingston upon Thames. BANT plans for VOTY to become an annual event to help recognise and reward the army of volunteers behind the organisation, from directors to operations, including our own Student Network Team. Three of the team were able to make it to enjoy the day. The volunteer of the year, who the volunteers had voted for beforehand, was presented with an award that included a voucher for a Lifecode Gx test and other goodies.

The Willow seeks to empower people to live better lives as a community space and a full-service ‘Food As Medicine’ styled restaurant. It serves ‘naturally enriching’ food, is 100% gluten-free and caters to many different eating plans from vegan through to low-carb and primal. It’s an inspiring place, which was very appropriate as initially we had an inspirational, motivational speaker, Amanda Brown from The Leading Ladies Company. Amanda led a interactive session during which time we had the opportunity to talk with other experienced nutritional therapists and hear their future aims and goals which was also inspirational.

Lunch was amazing! We were treated to an extensive tasting menu which included salmon with seaweed tagliatelle, a rainbow salad made up of 5 different phytonutrient colours, sweet potato gnocchi and my favourite, a selection of raw vegan cheesecakes. I’d like to say a massive thank you to BANT and everyone involved in organising the day, that included a goodie bag for each volunteer. So, hopefully that’s inspired you to volunteer! If you’d like to, or want to find out more, current volunteering vacancies can be seen here.

Introducing our new college student rep, Kal Ratcliffe

Kal is studying for a BSc in Nutritional Therapy at the University of West of London, and will be graduating in 2018. Previously, she was involved in IT training in the Service sector, following a BA in Business Studies. She is particularly interested in female health, family nutrition and nutrition for autoimmunity. She says:

‘For as long as I can remember, food has always been my passion. My interest in nutrition was first sparked when exploring the power of healthy eating and reproductive health for optimizing my chances of fertility.  My personal experience of changing both my diet and lifestyle have shown me how it can have a significant influence on my health and wellbeing.  It was this experience that convinced me to combine my love for food with a growing interest in its healing properties and undertake my Nutritional Therapy course. Having experienced corporate life and seeing the detrimental aspects of it, I then decided to build on my experience and undertake my studies to be able to share my learning.
BANT provides us all with access to valuable resources and a strong community of like-minded people.  As a student representative for UWL, I am very excited to be part of the Student Network Team helping to promote the services of BANT across our student network.’
We would love more students to become College Reps. If you are keen, or want to find out a little more about what is involved, please email Catherine: [email protected] We are especially keen to hear from ION and CNELM students.

Brain-Boosting Berry Smoothie from Nutri Advanced

Pre exam nerves can leave you feeling more nauseous than hungry, yet it’s crucial you have at least something for breakfast on exam day to provide a gentle energy release for your brain to access throughout the morning.  If like many however, the thought of sitting down to a hearty breakfast is just too much to stomach, why not try this simple smoothie instead, packed with brain-boosting ingredients.  Smoothies are a great pre-exam breakfast; because they’re blended, they’re easy to drink and easy to digest too, and usually tolerated by even the most anxious gut.

Ingredients

75g frozen mixed blueberries, raspberries & blackberries

2 tablespoons natural full fat live yoghurt

10g (heaped dessertspoon) protein powder (e.g. whey / rice / pea protein)

1 tablespoon rolled porridge oats (uncooked)

200ml milk (you can use semi-skimmed dairy or non-dairy such as almond / rice / soy milk)

1 tsp flaxseed oil

1 tsp ground mixed sunflower / pumpkin & flaxseeds

Small handful ice cubes

Optional:

½ teaspoon honey or agave nectar

½ tsp lecithin granules

Choose organic ingredients where possible

Method

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender, blitz until smooth.  You can add more milk if you prefer a runnier smoothie.  Enjoy and good luck!

… 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!

Student News Bulletin

In this issue we touch on the exciting new Functional Medicine project that’s kicking off in the UK, a one day event for students gearing up to launch their practice and we welcome our newest volunteer to the BANT Student Network Team.

Journey To 100, 30th June 2017 

“Journey To 100” is a world-exclusive conference that will explore options for a sustainable approach to healthcare and longevity and begin Guernsey’s quest to have a life expectancy of 100.

Join an international audience to hear the latest positive ageing research and learn from global health experts to understand how we can live healthier lives for longer.

The event will bring together 20 international speakers to share the research, ideas and strategies on a wide range of factors that impact healthy ageing. The event will be held in Guernsey on June 30, 2017, you can join for FREE web streaming here.

It’s co-curated by the Dandelion Foundation and James Maskell, founder of Evolution of Medicine and, hosted by Dr Rangan Chatterjee, the BBC’s Doctor in the House.

 

ION: How To Use Social Media To Grow Your List

When:  Friday 14th July 2017, 10.00 – 16.30

Where: Richmond-Upon-Thames

Cost:      £140 (£20 discount for students)

Many successful practitioners agree that email is one of the most effective ways to stay in touch with people who have expressed interest in your service, and to promote new services to existing clients.

But how do you go about getting a list of email subscribers? In this course, Gwen Warren introduces key concepts and principles of using Social Media to grow the email list, and shares some tips and personal experience. The day will focus on:

  • Choosing the social media platform
  • Top tips for creating content that helps to grow your client list
  • How to use video on social media, with a practical session
  • And much more!

For more information and to book click here.

 

Berta (University of Worcester), our new student college rep

Berta previously studied Pharmacy at the University of Barcelona along with a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She is currently studying for an MSc in Nutritional Therapy at the University of Worcester and is due to graduate in June 2018. She is particularly interested in the gut-brain axis, but finds every aspect of nutrition fascinating!

Berta says,

“I am a pharmacist that has always been very interested in the world of nutrition and how nutrients and other food components influence the function of the body, protect against disease and restore health. This interest in nutrition also helped me to realize during my internship in a hospital pharmacy how much, from my point of view, should to be done in terms of patient’s diets. It was not the first time that I was surprised about the food that was given to patients since diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases. I believe that studying Nutritional Therapy is going to give me the knowledge on how to help those around me.

I am very excited about becoming a part of the BANT Student Network Team and I look forward to talk and share ideas between Nutritional Therapy students from all institutions.”

We would love more students to become College Reps. If you are keen, or want to find out a little more about what is involved, please email Catherine: [email protected] We are especially keen to hear from ION and CNELM students.

…and 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! cheap nike air max 90 mens

Student News Bulletin

In your news this fortnight we’re thrilled to introduce you to Nicky, a new BANT student rep from CNM. Also a call for final year students to grab places on the online supervision groups, the next BANT student webinar on 25th May, and a worthwhile video series by Tom O’Bryan and other experts on autoimmunity…

 

Our new BANT College Student Representative for CNM – Nicky Rapley

We’re delighted to welcome Nicky as the latest BANT College Student Representative to join our growing Student Network Team. She joins the other reps, Berta and Kal, who have also joined recently and who provide a key point of contact within in year group and college for receiving feedback and offering advice, and guiding student members to BANT resources. Nicky has written an inspiring bio, appearing in the BANT newsletter soon, is studying at CNM and is due to graduate in 2017. We would love more students to become College Reps. If you are keen, or want to find out a little more about what is involved, please email Catherine: [email protected] We are especially keen to hear from ION and CNELM students. Meanwhile, anyone at CNM who would like get in touch with Nicky, email her here: [email protected]

 

Online Supervision Groups in June and July

BANT are running a series of free workshops to give students an experience of being in a supervision group, and to support you getting ready for practice – a great BANT Member benefit for final year students. There are just a few spaces left in the two online groups. The free sessions are on either Saturday 17th June between 10-12pm or Tuesday 11th July between 11-1pm. Please contact Supervision Manager, Helen Monk at [email protected] if you would like to sign up for one of these places.

 

Tune in to the next BANT Student Webinar next week – Alessandro Ferretti on Thursday 25th May

 Join us from 10-11am on Thursday 25th May for the Free BANT Student webinar by Alessandro Ferretti, ‘The effect of the environment and lifestyle choices on patient’s physiology’. He will be going through clinical applications of his research projects and papers highlighting the importance of an individual approach to patients. Using simple tracking methods – not labs – he explains how it’s possible to see the connections between circadian rhythms, sleep, blood glucose, cortisol and heart rate variability. Click here to book your place or e-mail Alma at [email protected]

 

Tom O’Bryan’s ‘Betrayal’ series is available on YouTube

 Inspired by his funny, charismatic and motivating talk at the IHCAN Conference on 6th May, we wanted to make sure you had the link to series of films Tom O’Bryan made on the subject of autoimmunity. ‘Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You’ includes interviews with Functional Medicine doctors, autoimmune specialists, scientists, researchers and autoimmune patients that include Jeffrey Bland, Aristo Vojdani, Isabella Wentz, Kelly Brogan, Terry Wahls, Mark Hyman, Sara Gottfried, Ben Brown, Miguel Toribio-Mateas, Mark Ash, Christine Bailey, Anthony Haynes and many more. Divided into seven episodes, the series covers the reasons why autoimmunity develops and the steps necessary to protect our (future) clients from it. Tom O’Bryan is a Functional Medicine clinician and researcher who is dedicated to… Do take the time to watch it when you can – it’s a great resource. Click here to watch the first episode.

 

…and 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!