By Laurence Fourdrignier DO, ND Host microbiota interactions are essential for the development of the immune system. Unfortunately, major changes in lifestyles, environments...
Lectins have 2 roles, an immune role and a food storage role.They are specific carbohydrate binding proteins known for their ability to agglutinate erythrocytes (red blood cells)...
It is the wild garlic season! The best time to pick it is before the flowers come out. Wild garlic is unmissable thanks to its very distinctive garlic smell that fills the air...
Fermented wild garlic: Wild garlic loves damp shady woodland areas near rivers. Pick the garlic before the flowers are out to get a maximum of flavour in the leaves. A very large...
Lactofermentation is a safe way to preserve plant-based foods. It is eco and budget friendly. It allows you to make the most of all your vegetables when you have a glut of them,...
Lactofermentation is an age-old method of preservation that offers many health benefits. The process of lactofermentation relies on lactic acid forming bacteria to digest the...
29 June 2024 Laurence will be exploring the nutritional advantages of fermentation, in addition to sharing her extensive knowledge of the processes that enable produce to be used...
17 June 2023 - One Day Course at The School of Artisan Food Join Laurence to delve more deeply into the benefits of fermentation. Exploring why we ferment, the economic...
Come and join us on the 21.08.22 for a fantastic fermentation larder course. Loads to make and take home. get all the details and book online...
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Osteopathy & Nutrition
Initial consultation in osteopathy consists of a full case history taken, physical examination of the patient and physical treatment based on the diagnosis reached after examination. Following your initial consultation, it is also possible to book for a nutritional consultation
|Osteopathy new patient consultation
Treatments can be focussed on just mechanics, however, osteopathy can be used to support the body’s physiology in all its aspects, digestion, fertility etc…
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Following prior osteopathic examination, a dietary approach can then be tailored to the patient to specifically support the organs in need.
Osteopathy came from Dr Andrew Taylor Still, over a hundred years ago. He was a medical doctor and his vision of Osteopathy was based on working with physiology via manual therapy.
Visceral osteopathy is one of the tools of the osteopath. We look, assess and treat the whole body: the musculoskeletal system, the visceral system (all the internal organs), the fascial system, the cranial system, the fluid system (arteries and veins), the neurological system, looking at the physical biomechanical and neurological interactions.
The integration of all these systems is key. The body relies on pressure differentials in the various body cavities combined with the action of large fluid pumps such as the diaphragms to function. Combined with the various spinal curves, the whole system is designed as an efficient shock absorption system.
The body is a self healing mechanism, the osteopath puts the information in the body by affecting mobility of structures, stimulating neurology… the body alone does the healing. For example all your abdominal organs hang from the inside of your back, they are either suspended from it or stuck to it. Any congestion or mobility restriction of an organ will have a direct effect on the mobility of your back. This could then progress to a back injury, say if you tried to lift something heavy, simply because your back would be lacking the suppleness and flexibly on the side of the organ dysfunction.
Organs have a different pain innervation to your muscles. They do not give pain locally to the organ initially, instead they send the pain messages in other areas that have better pain innervation and that share the same nerve supply in terms of the spinal level, hence a Gallbladder problem is often initially felt as a right shoulder pain. If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you most certainly have low back ache, particularly more so after long standing and towards the end of the day, and this will be worse in relation to the amount of bloating experienced.
To stay healthy, the body needs freedom in all movements. Just like a car engine, if the parts start to stick together, your car will start to break down. And just like for the car, an MOT once or twice a year is a worthwhile investment.
From working with the mechanics of the organs, it then becomes important to also look at the nutrition of the organ in order to improve function and mainly to sustain improvement. This is where diet and nutrition becomes important, as is physical and psychological environment too: mind, body and spirit…
The recent developments on the microbiome have equally now clearly demonstrated what is known as the Gut-Brain Axis, the link between your gut microbiome and your mental health. none of the concepts are new but the science is finally catching up and proving the old theories. We therefore now understand better the damage we have done and are still doing through drugs, foods and environment. This is where lactofermentation becomes an important healing tool for the gut microbiome and for the whole body.
Ferment Your Own
Hi, I’m Laurence
I came to England, from France, 30 years ago to train in osteopathy and then in naturopathy.
I teach Osteopathy at Post-graduate and Masters Level to Physiotherapists, Doctors and Osteopaths. I also run educational fermentation workshops.
Being French, I love food! After years of sharing recipes with my patients, friends and family I have finally compiled my favourite recipes along with some simple explanations of the microbiome and fermentation.
These are recipes that I use every day, they are all gluten-free, mostly dairy free, heavily plant-based, full of pre and pro-biotics!
I am currently teaching on several internationally acclaimed programmes:
Visceral Lecturer: WSO, Vienna, Frankfurt – Undergraduate and Masters program.
Visceral and Nutrition Lecturer: UK, France, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland
Naturopathic approach: Visceral Osteopathy, Nutrition and the Microbiome – International Post-graduate courses – Europe, UK.
Naturopathy/Nutrition course leader: at the CBO, Brussels
Lacto-fermentation workshop: Welbeck School of Artisan Food, Welbeck, and in the community
Laurence often delivers locally run fermentation workshops and educational talks on health and the microbiome.