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What makes our practitioners tick?

Posted on 15/07/2014 by Health Wise

We asked our practitioner team three questions.  You may gain some little gems from their answers.

David McLeod 

Modalities: Acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal medicine

What motivates you as a practitioner?

Seeing patients make changes in their lives that improve long term health outcomes, gives great job satisfaction. Trying to improve health is a lifestyle choice. If you are not happy with your health, its time to start making changes and better choices.

What single piece of general advice would you give for good health?

The three essential elements for health are good diet, good sleep and exercise, you cannot be healthy if you don't address all three of these, all three are required on a daily basis, if you don't have enough time for any or all of them, it's because they are not important enough to you, prioritise all three in your life. 

What makes you tick when you are not at the clinic?

Gardening and spending time in nature, seeing the interaction of wild life and what nurtures plants and what conditions harm them, carries many lessons for life and healing. Being in nature makes me appreciate that we are individually a part of the whole. Trying to be healthy in an unhealthy environment is very difficult.

Other Interests are reading and learning a language (Hindi).

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Zam Martin

Modalities: Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Counselling 

What motivates you as a practitioner?

Assisting clients achieve health outcomes and knowing that their life has improved by realising the essential truth of the importance of health, physical, mental and emotional.

I have always been fascinated by the power contained within plants, both as a food and as a medicine, and the magnificence of the function and energy within the human body.  I still see that power in practice when a simple herb, a dietary change or a physical or mental change sets in motion a cascade of balancing effects.

What single piece of general advice would you give for good health?

Develop a healthy routine that you stick to 80-90% of the time.  In our busy lives it's eating well and exercising that usually give way to other commitments. Plan time for regular, if not daily, exercise.  Incorporate time for shopping and cooking healthy meals.  You may find that making a list, diary notes, using reminders or a timetable system help you to plan and stick to your healthy living routine. 

What makes you tick when you are not at the clinic?

Training to be an Iyengar yoga teacher fills my time with classes and home practice which allows a more heartfelt experience of life. I have an extensive vegetable garden which gives me a great sense of connection to the elements and nature and the joy of providing healthy organic food to my family (and friends & neighbours when I have a glut).

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