My name is Leanne Scott and I am a certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTA), Integrative Health Coach (IIN) and a Certified Gluten Practitioner trained by Dr. Tom O'Bryan. I am based in Queensland where I run a busy practice - Pure Core Nourishment Pty Ltd.
My story and my family's story is now an increasingly common one but with perhaps a few unique differences Id like to share with you. I am now 47 years old and the only member of my family who has not developed an autoimmune condition. I am not adopted. The only difference has been my diet.
Since I was a child I have always been aware that many modern foods made me sick. Instinctively I avoided these foods and by my late teens I realized there was a pattern. I discovered I was a complete grain intolerant and was also unable to consume many starches – potatoes and legumes. By my 30's I discovered I was extremely intolerant to casein. Naturally as I avoided these foods I craved others - animal proteins, fats, nuts and vegetables. Growing up this way in the late 80's/90's was difficult - everyone including my family thought my diet was abnormal and I was destined for a heart attack due to my consumption of fats. However I also never had to concern myself with my weight, meal portions or worrying about my next meal as I was never hungry between meals. Everyone use to say "Leanne you never eat!" But it was actually that I did not need to snack every two hours like everyone else.
By my mid 30's my family’s health began to unravel. Autoimmune disease began to spread like wildfire..Hashimoto's, Lupus, Celiac disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis. This inspired me to begin my own research into the link between diet and disease as it was the only factor in my life that was different from my family’s. During my research I happened across a little book that changed my life: “Primal Body Primal Mind” by Nora Gedgaudas. I actually thought it was the story of my life. It seemed to explain every physical and health experience my family and I were undergoing. So inspired, I reached out to Nora, writing her a letter to simply thank her for her book and the profound impact it had in my life. Quite unexpectedly she wrote back and we began to correspond. One day she said to me that since I was spending so much time researching this, I ought to put it all to good use and with that she recommended my educational pathway into nutrition, which I've followed to this day.
Nora had recommended the Nutritional Therapy Associations' Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program (NTP). It was one of the first foundational educational programs she undertook and she now sits on their Advisory Board. Although other programs such as IIN sparked my passion for nutrition, it was the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA) which truly unravelled the science of nutrition and human physiology and the under workings of dysfunction as a result of the modern Western diet. Based on the teachings of Dr. Weston A. Price, Dr. Francis Pottenger and a philosophy based on Ancestral Health, it was such a profound experience for me, that thanks to Nora's guidance and inspiration, I committed myself to bringing the program here to Australia. As of March 2015 we launched our first inaugural class, bringing a new paradigm of Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioners to Australia.
As an organization, the NTA's philosophy is:
We believe in restoring properly prepared, nutrient-dense whole foods to the human diet through education.
A fundamental belief in bio-individuality; our genetic and environmental makeup can determine our unique nutritional needs. We also believe that our bodies have an innate intelligence that will tell us what our body needs.
Nutritional Therapy Practitioners identify and restore physiological dysfunction by connecting with that innate intelligence through functional based lingual-neural evaluation of body systems to address the nutritional needs of their clients, assess their biochemical individuality and make tailored diet and lifestyle recommendations.
NTA has now trained over 3000 practitioners worldwide from a variety of backgrounds - physicians, naturopaths, chiropractors, dieticians, and anyone with a passion for nutrition. Our organisation has spawned many authors as well as Nora Gedgaudas, such as Mickey Trescott -bestselling author of Autoimmune Paleo, Margaret Floyd author of Eat Naked and Tosca Reno bestselling author of Eat Clean Diet. Our practitioners, clients and aligned organisations all support a philosophy of Ancestral Health and many in our population have been consuming this diet for many years. We are working very closely with committed groups such as Chris Armstrong, founder of www.primaldocs.com and http://coeliachandbook.com who is dedicated to connecting those in need with practitioners purely focused on this approach to rebuilding health.