About Nutricentric

I’ve worked in the Irish healthcare system and in the pharmaceutical industry in mainland Europe and several AsianPeter Conry talking about how lifestyle factors fill up and overflow the body's homeostatic mechanisms countries and regions. My pharmaceutical studies did not prepare me for the variety of health environments I encountered in countries as diverse as Ireland, Austria, Korea and China. There are some genetic differences, but what I've learned most from my friends, colleagues and mentors in different places is that what we eat and do has the most profound effect on our health. 

NutriCentric is my attempt to join the dots between the many factors that contribute to or take from full health. I'm not knocking conventional medicine - I'm on the inside of the tent. But I can't accept that exercise, lifestyle and nutrition are frequently viewed as 'alternative' fields of therapy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

When most health professionals are clear that lifestyle factors are the main contributor to our health costs, why do our medical and pharmaceutical universities spend so little time teaching their students about nutrition? And if the university horse has bolted, why do the professional bodies not ensure that the annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) education credit system corrects this imbalance? 

I have met many have well-trained nutritional therapists, exercise therapists and naturopaths, but why are they so peripheral to most of our medical system, particularly for health problems that are strongly linked to food and exercise?

We know, for example, that Type II Diabetes can be reversed. It's challenging, but how often are patients given the option of trying? System-think can often blind us to obvious, low-risk and effective treatments that can give many people and patients more control over their health.  

There is nothing better than a system based on the scientific method, evidence-based protocols and trained professionals. I'm in favour. But anyone in the medical/pharmaceutical field is aware that patents are what permits the huge investment into hugely expensive and time-consuming double-blind clinical trials. So a non-patentable intervention can never attract the level of investment of a patented drug. Quite apart from the impossibility of imposing double-blind conditions on something as tactile and fluid as diet. So we have to rely on more affordable, real-life trial methods to examine nutritional and lifestyle treatments. These don't generally give us clean, one-off answers but the different pieces still allow us to gradually assemble an equally clear picture, like a jigsaw. Unfortunately, failing absolute proofs, it requires more trust in the therapist, and more rigour on their part to earn that trust.  

My understanding of food and health was forced upon me. It was living and working in different cultures - and food cultures - that made me acutely aware of the role of food and other environmental factors in health. 

From my present standpoint, I believe healthcare should primarily be about prevention, self-management and reversal than about treatment. Food and lifestyle are the biggest and ultimately cheapest tools at our disposal. 

There is no shortage of medical expertise, or nutritional expertise, but practitioners in the different disciplines seem strangely shy of each other. I would be happy if Nutricentric could help act as a bridge. While there is a Nutricentric shop and distribution, I make my living entirely from my daily job in the Irish healthcare system. 

Most of what I offer and recommend is guided by copious scientific publications and studies but some is necessarily based on clinical practice.

If there is a guiding theme, it is inflammation and avoidance of inflammation in the body as a key factor in optimizing how our body copes with the stresses of life, diet or advancing years.

Products - Food Detective

Nutritional therapy looks at optimizing health through working on food and nutrient intake. Some links to practitioners can be found on this site, arranged by county.

When I returned to Ireland from China, I began trialling dietary interventions with patients (and colleagues). Initially, I worked with the York Test, which showed me that there are ways to design protocols for improving diet that are based on an objectively verifiable technology. I then started using the Food Detective to do this, and was able to greatly expand the scale of my work. Ultimately, I became the distributor for this and a range of other related diagnostics - all of which I initially trialled on a small scale before offering to others. 

Of these, the Food Detective range is now the most popular. Many know that they react to foods, and may even suspect that they know the culprits. But it's hard to summon the dedication to follow a strict 12-week Elimination-Rechallenge Diet. The blood test makes this process more transparent. 

The test identifies foods to which the body is developing high levels of IgG antibodies.

IgG antibodies in themselves are a good thing (they defend against bacterial and viral infection). But they can become a problem if two conditions are met, namely that the body makes IgG against our food proteins and secondly that they are present in large enough numbers to trigger immune-complex reactions that cause symptoms.  

Our immune system can clear immune complexes, just as it can inactivate a certain amount of bacteria or of digestive toxins. However, a point is reached where the body’s capacity is exceeded. This point comes earlier when other inflammatory factors are present.

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