Fleur – Naturopath and Nutritionist
What drives someone to become a natural medicine practitioner?
Well, for Fleur it began with her own health scare.
Tell us about your journey Fleur – what was your driving force to becoming a natural medicine practitioner?
At 18 years old I was studying law at Uni while working part-time in a NZ health food store. It was here my interest in the areas of natural medicine began to grow. I was interested to learn about anything ‘natural’ from nutrition, to herbs, to flower essences, homeopathy and more!
Soon after I was faced with a serious lung condition – a lung tumour – and I required major surgery. It was a profound moment in my young life facing the possibility of cancer.
Fortunately, it turned out to be a benign lung tumour and I felt in many ways I’d been given a second chance at life. After the surgery and recovery it got me to thinking how does this happen at such a young age?
From here it became my passion to learn all I could about looking after myself – minimising my chances of serious illness in the future and living an energy filled life! From clean eating, exercise and stress management and how to deal with nutritional deficiencies; all helpful in living a positive and health filled life!
Years later I had the opportunity to study Naturopathy, Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicine and I haven’t looked back. It is a privilege and honour to help people help themselves in preventing illness and take responsibility for their health to live a healthy and happy life.
Many practitioners have a favourite area in which they practice. Is there something specific that you love treating?
I am passionate about treating children that are having perceived ‘behavioural difficulties’ – this may present as multiple daily melt downs or difficulty focusing, concentrating or learning in class as well as ongoing anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that ‘pyrrole’ disorder exists in up to 10 % of children in a typical Australian classroom.
It’s a disorder with a genetic basis that can cause severe deficiencies in zinc, vitamin B6, essential fatty acids and magnesium, all leading to changes in behaviour. Over the years it has been an inspiration to see the changes in children and their families once they are treated using nutritional therapy to address these specific deficiencies.
Food trends come and go – over the years what has been one ‘trend’ that you wish everyone would take up?
For years the low-carb diet has been viewed as a healthy option but in more recent years we now understand the fact that carbs can be both good and bad – the idea that not all carbs are created equal. Whole carbs are unprocessed and contain fibre found naturally in the food while refined carbs have been processed and had the natural fibre stripped out. The key message or healthy trend here is to eat more whole carbs such as vegetables, whole fruit, legumes, and whole grains in your day-to-day diet- follow this and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you!
On the other hand aim to avoid refined carbs like sugary soft drinks, fruit juices, pastries, white bread, white pasta and white rice.
If you could share one health message with the world, what would it be?
Always listen to your gut instincts when it comes to your health, follow your heart and surround yourself with positive people to help you on your journey.
To Book in with Fleur: Call our Indooroopilly store on 07 33788698 or simply send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have been seeing Fleur for approximately 5 years. During this time Fleur established I had an underactive thyroid and is currently treating me for Hashimoto’s. I am feeling much better than I did when I first started seeing Fleur.
Fleur is always willing to go the extra mile for her patients. Often she has researched something relevant to my treatment and is ready to offer new and updated treatment information to assist me.
As a result of her research, Fleur has started treating my 11 year old daughter for pyrrole disorder. The turnaround in my daughter’s behaviour has been amazing, all thanks to Fleur’s commitment to her patient’s care.
Fleur is a very gentle, caring person and is willing to work with her patients for their best outcome. As a result I thoroughly recommend Fleur as a Naturopath to help you achieve complete wellness”.