The Agenda

30 June 2018, co-located with the IHCAN Summit
Featuring Niki Gratrix, Deborah Colson and Anthony 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
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: Niki Gratrix

Niki is an award-winning internationally renowned registered nutritionist and health writer specializing in stress and mind-body medicine. In 2005 she co-founded one of the largest mind-body clinics in integrative medicine in the UK with patients in 35 countries where she worked as Director of Nutrition until 2010.

The clinic published a preliminary study in 2012 on its results with patients in the British Medical Journal Open. In August 2015 she hosted the largest ever free online health summit on overcoming fatigue interviewing 29 world leading experts on optimising energy with over 30,000 attendees.



‘The Impact of Emotional Stress on Mental Health Across a Lifetime and How to Rebuild Mental Health and Resilience’

67% of all adults report experiencing emotional trauma in childhood. A moderate level of emotional trauma in childhood leads to a 400% increased of developing depression, Alzheimer’s and a range of psychiatric disorders in adulthood. In this presentation Niki presents the stunning data on prevalence, the mechanisms of how emotional stress impacts the brain, and the steps we can take as naturopathic and nutrition-focused practitioners to support our clients back to optimum mental health by being aware of emotional aspects.

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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