When Natasha Draycott, a CNM nutritional therapy graduate, discovered what a difference nutrition could make to her PCOS, she was determined to help others like her…

It was my health struggles that led me to studying at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). From aged 16, I suffered from painful stomach cramps and amenorrhoea.

I was referred to a specialist who diagnosed me with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and prescribed me Metformin, a Type 2 diabetes drug, and birth control pills. I was also offered surgery to remove the cysts and a series of laser hair removal sessions.

But living on medication and birth control wasn’t the long-term solution I wanted. However, as I was very young, nothing changed until after I returned to the UK from living abroad

Healing my body naturally

While living abroad, I developed an unhealthy lifestyle of binge drinking and poor eating habits, which made me put on weight. I developed painful cysts, but the medical professionals were hesitant to do further surgery, so I had to figure out a way of coping with PCOS without medical assistance.

I returned to the UK aged 23 and enrolled at CNM. During my studies, I began to sort out my diet, supplement with specific nutrients and exercise regularly. Within a few years, my periods came back and my cycle is now regular.

After healing myself naturally, I became fascinated by the impact food has on the body and the science behind nutrition. I loved learning about biomedicine in the first year of my course, as it helped me understand what is happening in the body and why. The emphasis on science and evidence-based nutrition was fascinating.

CNM is a wonderful place to study. My whole outlook on food and illness has changed completely. Without CNM, I wouldn’t have the knowledge and experience I do now to support my own health condition. Implementing what I’ve learned at CNM has transformed my health.

Nutrition Courses School

CNM offers a wide range of courses in naturopathic medicine.

Finding a rewarding career with CNM

Since graduating, I’ve set up my own clinical practice. I also offer virtual consultations, so I can help clients around the world. What I enjoy most is getting to the root cause of a client’s health issue. The moment my clients start to see a change is so rewarding.

I truly believe that the more nutritionists there are with the knowledge taught by CNM, the more it could change the way our world sees health, food and medicine.

CNM has a 22-year track record training successful natural health practitioners, in class and online, with colleges across the Uk and Ireland. To find out more, visit cnmcourses.com.

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