Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy:
What’s the Difference?


Nutritionists typically work for public bodies, industry or for the government, some also work privately with clients. They generally advise on matters of health and nutrition and formulate information for the public or for employers.

Nutritionists can only work with acutely ill or hospitalised patients if they are supervised by a regulated healthcare professional such as UKVRN (UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists)

Nutritionists are not permitted to issue or alter medical prescriptions; however, they may recommend certain nutritional supplements. Those  nutritionists who are UKVRN registered will only suggest NHS approved supplements.

While nutritionists without dietetic training are unable to offer dietary advice to those with medical conditions, they can make recommendations about food and healthy eating to help prevent or alleviate certain ailments.

Nutritional Therapists

Applying their knowledge of nutrition science, nutritional therapists are able to work with clients to help prevent disease, or they may work with an individual to help minimise their symptoms and optimise their health. They also often employ various testing methods such as blood tests, DNA testing and stool tests in order to derive information about what’s causing a particular condition.

A nutritional therapist’s job is to establish what improvements or changes an individual can make to their diet to improve their overall health and well-being. They  may also suggest taking specific nutritional supplements to help correct any nutrient deficiencies and to support the immune system.

Nutritional therapy involves analysing what is going on in the whole of your body and not just the symptoms. It can enable prevention of ailments as well as aid recovery.

What Are CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapists?

Members who register with the CNHC refer to themselves as ‘CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapists’. To be eligible for registration, they must have undertaken training that meets the minimum national standards of practice – as set by the Nutritional Therapy National Occupational Standards and the Nutritional Therapy Core Curriculum.

How could Nutritional Therapy help me?

Conditions commonly helped include:

  • Digestive complaints such as IBS, constipation, bloating and indigestion
  • Cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Hormonal imbalances including PMS, infertility and painful periods
  • Weight management using lifestyle and dietary changes in order to eradicate the need for dieting.
  • Nervous system disorder including depression, insomnia, panic attacks and anxiety
  • Skin problems including eczema in adults and children, acne and psoriasis
  • Allergies including hay fever and food allergies/intolerances

Nutritional therapy can also help you maintain health with:

  • Increasing energy levels
  • Dealing with everyday stress
  • Optimising your diet for a healthy pregnancy
  • Selecting the correct foods for your children
  • Improving your resistance against chronic illnesses, both now and later in life

What will your consultation involve?

Your initial consultation with me will involve a thorough investigation into your medical history, past and present diet, family medical history, and of course, your present state of health – with complete confidentiality throughout. This first consultation may take around 90 minutes to complete. By the end of this time, I will have amassed enough information in order to formulate a therapeutic nutritional programme for your individual needs.

You will receive this programme, which may also include recommendations for a number of nutritional supplements, at your next consultation. At this time I will fully explain what is involved in following your programme and will answer any questions that you may have. Subsequent consultations may then ensue, the purpose of which is to monitor and guide you through the healing process, and to make any dietary and supplement adjustments as deemed necessary. These adjustments will be initiated according to your healing reactions once you have started the programme.

What can I expect?

Nutritional practitioners generally agree that disease is usually the end result of a build-up of toxicity within the body, and/or nutritional imbalances and deficiencies. If these are corrected, the body is often capable of healing itself.

The nutritional programme is designed to achieve this objective. The expectation is for there to be a gradual improvement in your health which will naturally lead to an enhanced overall state of well-being. By adopting a more holistic approach than conventional drug related medicine, your body is able to adapt at its own rate and maintain itself over the long term.


“Since suffering from a heart problem I was anxious to do everything I could in order to hasten my recovery and increase my resistance to further problems in the future. I sought advice from Dave, and he certainly lived up to his nickname, the ‘food detective’. After analysing my diet he devised a programme for me that has helped to aid my recovery. I have now re-joined my local gym, where I am also following a recovery programme. The combination of good nutrition and exercise has helped me a lot.

Tony Kippen, East Sussex

“Dear Dave, thanks for all of your help with my back, it was very good of you to come out of your way to give me your laser treatment.

After nearly 2 years of constant pain it’s such a relief to start to feel normal again. As you know, the prognosis from the back specialist wasn’t good as they’d diagnosed my condition as a degenerative disc and I’m amazed that after just 3 laser treatments I was 95% better and free of pain except for a slight twinge, which completely disappeared after a final treatment”

Tony, Crowborough, East Sussex

How to Book

NutritionDavid Reavely is a fully registered Nutritional Therapist (Diploma in Nutritional Medicine) and member the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (mBANT). David will therefore be able to use his extensive knowledge to advise you on the results of your health screening and an appropriate protocol for bringing your health back into balance.

David is also available for telephone consultations and email/telephone support for those people on exclusion diets.

To Make an appointment he can be contacted by email.