The Agenda

30 June 2018, co-located with the IHCAN Summit
Featuring Anne Pemberton, Deborah Colson and Antony Haynes.


‘Building Resilience in a Mental World – Supporting Neurological, Emotional and Brain Health’

8.45 – 9.15: Registration
9.15 – 9.45: NNA AGM
9.45 – 10.45: Deborah Colson MSc DipION mBANT rCNHC

Deborah Colson has been specialising in nutritional approaches to support psychiatric and neurological health since 2002. She trained at the University of Westminster (MSc Nutritional Therapy) and the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (DipION), in London.

Deborah lectures regularly to a variety of audiences including students, medical and other health professionals, corporate audiences and the general public. She authored Optimum Nutrition for Your Child and co-authored The Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan. Deborah is a full member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and is registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council).


‘Optimising nutritional status to support neurological, emotional and brain health’

Optimum neurological, emotional and brain health are affected by a multitude of environmental factors including our nutritional status – what we eat, drink and breathe, how we sleep, our gut flora and so on; and our psychological status – such as our home/work/life/family balance and support network. Optimising all of these elements is like finely tuning an orchestra – each instrument and section is important whether it plays a large or small role.

Deborah will bring together the latest scientific evidence combined with her extensive clinical experience to focus on practical protocols to optimise nutritional status to support neurological, emotional and brain health.

10.45 – 11.15: Refreshments
11.15 – 11.45: Deborah Colson Q&A


11.45 – 12.15: Practical Session with EFT practitioner, Aisling Hamilton

Aisling is an Advanced Energy practitioner who specializes in helping people reduce stress and anxiety so they can make good decisions, get more of what they want and experience more inner peace and joy. She has trained with many internationally-renowned teachers including EFT World Masters Sue Beer, Emma Roberts and Carol Look. Aisling suffered from stress and anxiety from an early age and these energy tools have given her the confidence and clarity to follow her heart’s desire and start her own therapy business , working one to one with clients, leading workshops and supporting on international transformational programmes.  Aisling is passionate about sharing the quickest, simplest and easiest techniques that can be used any time, any place so we can calm down our energy systems, clear our minds and move forward with more lightness and ease in any situation. She is here today to invite you to a taster session of three techniques which she uses every day and which she hopes will help you enjoy more ease, lightness and peace in your own daily lives.

12.15 – 13.00: Lunch
13.00 – 14.30: Antony Haynes

Antony has been in private practice for over 25 years and is one of the most experienced Registered Nutritional Therapists in the country, implementing the principles of Functional Medicine in the UK, since 1994.

Antony has been teaching for 25 years; lectures, seminars, webinars, workshops and courses on a wide variety of topics including cognitive resilience & the balance of neurotransmitters. In recent years, he has been focusing on the ability to improve stress tolerance with targeted nutritional therapy.

In 2011, he was honoured to receive the prestigious CAM Magazine Award for “Outstanding Practice” for his many years of educating, inspiring, motivating and helping practitioners and patients.


‘Biological Resilience with Targeted Nutrition’

How to optimise neurotransmitter balance with key nutrients

21st Century Living has brought with it many great advances but there is a down side. Modern living has brought ever-increasing sources of “stress” which can affect us all. This stimulus for the stress response can come from our personal relationships, or from our work, financial worries, lack of sleep, excess blue light, a lack of or excess of exercise, known and unknown threats, and many more besides, and all of which may be magnified by early childhood programming.

Antony will discuss the neurotransmitter response to stress and its consequence on resilience and brain function and identify specific nutritional means to improve resilience to the burden of stress.

14.30 – 15.00: Refreshments
15.00 – 16.30: Anne Pemberton

I started my career as an intensive care specialist nurse. I have been a sister on ITU in both the NHS and BUPA spanning almost 30 years. My sons were both ASD and diagnosed before Leeds-knew about ASDs so I undertook degrees in Psychology, teaching and Nutrition to help them.  My eldest son was written off age 12 as uneducable but he has recovered with grace due to integrative medicine.

I have been a functional medicine practitioner since 2006. I work alongside Dr Damien Downing, who’s York clinic I ran for 5 years until closure in 2013. I delivered IV therapies and nutrition therapy for DD. I have taught and ran masters degree programmes in Nutrition science and practice since 2008 also.

I practice more naturopathically now calling upon live blood analysis, NEShealth, Heartmath, food and Spirit coaching (encompasses Chinese and Ayurvedic practices), EFT and essential oils. I try to limit Functional testing so my clients aren’t bankrupting themselves to get well. I work alongside a Network Spinal Analysis chiropractor for most of my difficult cases. I don’t subscribe to standard diets because my experience tells me this is never the correct approach and the evidence is very poor. I work with the patient identifying their nutritional deficiencies and start with basic principles, adapting as we go. No diet is a diet for life so I teach my patients to be more mindful with their food choices and to listen to what their bodies tell them. I have a very busy international clinic in Leeds where I take NCA students for POVs and external support.

I also co-own Genesnippers, the only professionally accredited nutrigenomics course in the UK



‘Supporting a case of Autism Spectrum Disease with Chronic fatigue using a mind, body, spirit approach.’

Most of my work is supporting people with autism spectrum disorders and Chronic fatigue / M.E. In all of these cases addressing gut health is paramount to support mental health. However I have found simply addressing the biochemistry has not been enough for some of my complex patients. I have therefore added other modalities to my nutrition basis to aid my analysis of the case and to help me support and track progress. This is paramount when patients cant really tell you how they feel from one day to another. I have trained in and incorporated a number of these modalities into my clinical practice so I can reduce significant cost to my patients and also to give a more holistic approach to healing. To demonstrate this i will  I will be taking the audience through a complex case showing them how i used food and spirit coaching, nutrigenomics  NES health, Heartmath techniques live blood cell analysis and essential oil therapies alongside Network spinal analysis, to attain optimum health and mental function.

Co-located with the IHCAN Summit

This year’s Conference & AGM is co-located with the IHCAN Summit; giving you access to the 60+ exhibitors, a free three course lunch, plus all the downloads from the Summit – all included in the ticket price.

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