Hello, I'm Elle
Welcome to my corner of the internet! It's here I like to talk about the world of health from a naturopathic and nutritional medicine perspective. I completed my degree in health science in naturopathy at the Endeavour College of Natural Health in Sydney.
I am a Kiwi, cheese lover, chronic tea drinker and just like you,
I have a story.
My introduction to complementary medicine began at an early age. At 11 years old, after a history of gut wrenching abdominal pain I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease which creates inflammation and ulceration of the mucosa in the large intestine. It's symptoms are characterised by lower abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fatigue and a host of other wonderful symptoms any pre-pubescent teenager would want. At the time of diagnosis, I was informed UC was an incurable, chronic disease that I would have to manage forever on drugs and could only hope for periods of remission.
After a two week stint in hospital, I was promptly put on high doses of steroids which offered up a myriad of side effects - I gained weight, developed the characteristic 'moon face' and insatiable appetite and quickly became one very sad little lady. More drugs and more side effects followed, until after much prayer, my mum decided to seek out the expertise of an integrative GP. Despite being told by the gastroenterologist there was no evidence to suggest diet influenced UC, the integrative GP immediately adjusted my diet and introduced supportive nutrient supplements he believed my body was lacking, due to malabsorption. From that point on began my much more hopeful, health journey. The road has certainly not been without some bumps. But I am extremely grateful to say that today, I am officially symptom free and take no pharmaceutical drugs. It has taken years of commitment to heal my body and face UC head on but it has been the most rewarding journey. Through it I have learnt how to listen to my body, to nourish it using food as medicine and to utilise the resources the earth has already so smartly provided, to heal and strengthen.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. - Thomas Alva Edison 1847 - 1931