Welcome to Nutritional Healing
Welcome to the site of clinical nutritionist Blake Graham, director of Nutritional Healing in Perth, Western Australia. Nutritional Healing specializes in nutritional/environmental therapies for chronic medical conditions. For more information about Nutritional Healing, including an extensive listing of medical conditions addressed, see the About section.
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The human body has an amazing capacity to heal itself when provided with the right conditions. The concepts described within this site are based on a number of different health principles which when combined address the true underlying causes of disease.
Nutritional medicine (a branch of alternative medicine/complementary medicine) employs the principle that nutrition plays an important role in virtually every medical condition. Addressing any existing nutritional imbalances and adopting a healthy diet are of great importance, although nutrients and diet have considerably more medical applications than simply correcting nutrient imbalances. Nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, glyconutrients) and non-nutrient bioactive compounds (e.g. probiotics, herbs, enzymes, hydrochloric acid, etc.) can also be used therapeutically to assist in the correction the many underlying physical factors which are contributing to disease states. For example, nutrients and non-nutrient bioactive compounds can increase or decrease the levels of important chemicals in the body, reduce inflammation, influence hormonal balance, reduce levels of toxic elements/chemicals, improve immune function, reduce oxidative stress, alter genetic expression and reduce the coagulability of the blood.
Environmental medicine (a branch of alternative medicine/complementary medicine) is founded on the notion that environmental factors contribute to disease. Environmental factors include a poor diet, exposure to toxic elements and chemicals, dietary and chemical sensitivities, psychological stress, micro-organisms and drugs.
Biochemical individuality is the concept that all humans are unique in terms of biochemistry, metabolism, anatomy and genetics. As a result, we differ in the way we process foods and have a unique set of chemical tendencies and nutrient needs.
Living an optimally healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, sleep, etc.) provides the best conditions for the body to both prevent and heal from disease states. I believe that the optimum pathway to recovery from illness takes into account all of these issues. Individual chemical, environmental, lifestyle and psychological factors should be addressed. Treatment is different for every individual as they have a different set of contributing factors. Even in the case of genetic disorders, such as Down Syndrome, health can often be greatly improved by addressing some of the common manifestations of this chromosomal abnormality such as electric unicycle hypothyroidism, gluten intolerance and low zinc levels.
Blake Graham, BSc (Honours)
Perth, Western Australia