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Helen Cooke












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I have worked as a nurse/complementary health practitioner for over 25 years and have a considerable amount of experience in nutritional therapy, complementary/integrated health, mind-body medicine and related research. I am currently Nutrition Lead for the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine.

My clinical background (nurse training and degree in Nutritional Medicine) enables me to have a solid understanding of your health-related issues. I will ensure all advice can be safely followed alongside any medication or treatment you may be undergoing.

I specialise in supporting people with digestive health issues and have a deep interest in how improving digestive health (including the microbiome - gut bacteria etc.) can support a myriad of different health conditions from irritable bowel disease, chronic fatigue, obesity to depression.

My other are of special interest is working with people with stress/anxiety, depression and eating disorders. I often suggest functional testing which can assess vitamin deficiencies/neurotransmitter (stress hormone) imbalances etc., so we can devise an individualised supplement programme to complement your personalised dietary recommendations. I may recommed mind-body approaches are incorporated into the work we do together.

I have worked in leading complementary/mind-body health initiatives for  25 years, both as a therapist and in key managerial positions. I was the Director of Therapy for over 5 year at Penny Brohn Cancer Care (formerly the Bristol Cancer Help Centre). I was also Head of Information and Research at the same charity for 3 years. During my time there I revised and updated their book, “The Bristol Approach To Living with Cancer” for people with cancer and their families.  

I presently research and write for a number of national and international complementary/self-care health information projects alongside academics and doctors. This helps to ensure my recommendations to you are based not only on my extensive clinical experience, but also underpinned by the latest scientific thinking.

I regularly give lectures and teach on the subject of nutrition to a wide range of health care professionals including medical students. In June 2016 I gave a presentation at the Royal Society of Medicine’s ‘Food: The Forgotten Medicine’ conference. Other speakers included Professor Tim Spector (Kings College, London) and the CEO of Public Health England.

I love cooking and healthy food, but I am not a purist. I enjoy taking a light-hearted yet balanced approach to life!

Helen Cooke MA (Complementary Health Studies), BSc (Nutritional Medicine).

I am registered with:

  • The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC)
  • The British Association of Nutritional Therapy and Applied Nutrition (BANT).

I am an Affliiate with Map My Gut - an organisation at the forefront of microbial and gut health

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