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BANT Secures Database Deal for its Members

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BANT has secured a deal worth thousands of pounds for its members – giving them access to two of the biggest evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine databases in the world for FREE.

BANT has secured fully licensed access to both the Natural Standard and the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. For the first time BANT members will have access to both of these databases for free.

The two databases, run by Therapeutic Research, will be merging in 2014 and members will continue to have free access to the new super database thanks to the deal BANT has negotiated with the company.

The merged database will preserve content from both resources and users will gain access to over 300 additional ingredient articles and more than 100 continuing education modules for all healthcare disciplines will be incorporated.

The new resource will also include the following:

  • Extensive natural product library that was developed in conjunction with the NIH/ODS Natural Medicines Dietary Supplement Label Database project.
  • Interactions severity ratings (red, yellow, green) will be applied to Natural Standard’s rigorous systematic evidence-based ingredient reviews.
  • Natural Standard comparative efficacy charts and more than 500 medical conditions monographs covering 3000 plus indications will be maintained as resources for achieving optimal health and wellness outcomes.
  • Consensus statements on complementary and alternative modalities, special diets, exercise and other prevention techniques will continue to be available.
  • NaturalMedWatch and Fixed Combination products content will be maintained in the updated product as well.

BANT members can use this link to access the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database –

BANT members can use this link to access the Natural Standard Database –



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BANT Works in Collaboration with CAM Conferences 2014


We are delighted to announce that we are working in collaboration with CAM Conferences for a series of five CAM Conferences in 2014.

The CAM Conferences are a series of high-quality, high-end education events for practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine. Inviting only the best, internationally-renowned speakers on each featured topic; the CAM Conferences differ from other free seminars by giving you a full day of education that’s unique and personal to you. What’s more, all of our conferences are CPD accredited. BANT will be recognising each event for 4 hours of Active CPD.

CAM Conferences are working closely with us to help bring nutritional therapists across the UK a total of 5 days of unique and innovative education not just exclusive for our members, but for the whole nutritional therapy community. You choose if you book for one, two, three, four or all five. There is a discount for booking more than one.

To book your place today use this link:

  • Saturday March 15 2014: BANT AGM 09.30 – 11.30 (FREE FOR BANT MEMBERS)
  • Saturday, March 15 2014: Cardiovascular Health 11.30 – 17.15
  • Saturday, May 10 2014: Anti-Ageing
  • Saturday, June 7 2014: Detoxification
  • Saturday, September 13 2014: Auto-Immunity
  • Saturday, November 8 2014: Gut/Brain Axis

For more information about the venue, click here.

If you are a BANT member, you are also eligible to attend our AGM taking place before the first CAM Conference on 15th March 2014.  BANT has secured a 15% discount for its members.

To book your place today use this link:

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BANT Announces New Vice Chair

BANT has appointed current director Catharine Trustram Eve as its new vice chair.

Catharine, who has been on the BANT Council for more than a year as the director overseeing its programme to raise awareness of nutritional therapy among GPs, will take up the post immediately.

Mother of two, Catharine, who is a practising nutritional therapist with a focus on poor cognitive function and fatigue, replaces Niki Gratrix who stepped down in April.

Catharine, whose background is in market planning and strategy and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, is also a health analyst – computerising cognitive function tests for screening for mild cognitive impairment – and is about to be published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said: “Catharine has brought strong strategic planning, market research, modelling and analysis skills to the BANT Council, which have been invaluable in changing the way BANT works for its members in recent months.

“Working with Catharine for the last 14 months has been very exciting. I value her ability to think outside the box and to see the bigger picture whilst keeping her feet on the ground. I can honestly say that I couldn’t have done my job as Chair without her, which is why I am really looking forward to working more closely with her.”

Catharine said: “The healthcare environment in the UK is very exciting at the moment; we have a growing degenerative and chronic disease burden, substantial scientific evidence supporting the role of nutrition in health and increasing awareness of the role of nutrition amongst both the public and clinicians.  BANT has established a good position to respond to these opportunities and I am honoured to continue to contribute from within our vibrant and committed council.”


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BANT Makes Continued Professional Development (CPD) Mandatory in 2013

Why is CPD Important?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is important for the individual Nutritional Therapist and for the profession as a whole. BANT is working to achieve the recognition the profession deserves. With an ever increasing amount of research being conducted in the field, BANT members can help this process by committing to updating their knowledge on a regular and structured basis, thereby making CPD part of best practice of nutritional therapy.

BANT CPD is now mandatory for all full members, including non- practising members, and all CPD will need to be entered onto the online BANT CPD Logging System. From January 2014 full members will not be able to renew their membership unless they have entered their CPD on the online BANT CPD Logging system.  Members must enter a minimum of 30 hours CPD of which a minimum of 8 of these hours must be Active CPD.

BANT launched its online CPD Logging System in 2011 and this excellent system makes it easy for members to log their CPD hours.


To understand more about how to complete your CPD and why it is now mandatory go to the link here:


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Quantum Biology Video

Selected videos at the cutting edge of science. Genetic diversity reflects evolutionary pressures from environmental changes, principally climate and diet. These drivers explain why populations and individuals vary and why one-size-fits-all dietary guidelines and public health nutrition approaches derive from out-of-date reductionist science. Nutritional therapy is person-centred, recognising individuality and the complex network of environmental factors which influence health status.

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Quantum Biology

1) Quantum Life – Prof. Seth Lloyd

Seth Lloyd is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

Prof. Lloyd is interested in information and the role it plays in physical systems, particularly systems in the quantum regime. Specific questions are: How do physical systems register information and move it about? How is information transformed and processed? And, most importantly, how do the ways in which a system transfers and transforms information determine its behavior?

He has worked on the definition of complexity using insights gained from the work of Rolf Landauer on physics of information processing and of Charles Bennett on computational measures of complexity. The definition of complexity he developed is related to the amount of thermodynamic resources required to perform a given task. Subsequently, he became a collector of measures of complexity: despite the proliferation of apparently disparate methods for quantifying the complex, he has been able to show that most such measures are closely related to each other. The definitions measure either information — the difficulty of describing a thing; or effort — the difficulty of accomplishing a task; or both.

The realization that information processing and physics are intimately related lie at the heart of Prof. Lloyd’s current work on quantum computation. Quantum computers are in essence complex quantum systems. In collaboration with Murray Gell-Mann he is working on a theory of quantum complexity. He hopes to use quantum mechanical computers to test methods by which the highly detailed, complex world that we see around us arose out of a highly symmetric, simple quantum world in the early universe.

As part of learning his current job as a professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, he has discovered the importance of work on complex systems for society as a whole. When the operation of a new car relies on the proper functioning of twenty microprocessors, when fear of a computer glitch inspires a global apocalyptic movement, when electronic devices from VCRs to toasters act as if they had minds of their own, it’s clear that our future welfare depends crucially on understanding how complex systems get information, and what they do with it.

1) The Nature of the Sense of Smell – Dr Luca Turin

Turin earned his Ph.D. in physiology at University College London. From 1982 until 1988, he worked in France as a researcher for the CNRS at the Villefranche Marine Station near Nice. He was then employed at the Pasteur Institute from 1988 until 1990.

After leaving the CNRS, Turin first held a visiting research position at the National Institutes of Health in North Carolina before moving back to London, where he became a lecturer in biophysics at University College London.

As of 2010, Turin is currently at MIT, working on a project to develop an electronic nose based in part on his theories, financed by DARPA. From April 2011 on, he will be working at the Fleming Biomedical Sciences Research Centre in Vari, Greece.

Turin is the author of the book The Secret of Scent (2006), which details the history and science of his theory of olfaction, and an acclaimed critical guide to perfume, Parfums: Le Guide, with two editions published in French in 1992 and 1994. He is also the subject of the 2002 book The Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr, as well as of the 1995 BBC Horizon documentary “A Code in the Nose.”


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The Human Microbiome Project

Selected videos at the cutting edge of science. Genetic diversity reflects evolutionary pressures from environmental changes, principally climate and diet. These drivers explain why populations and individuals vary and why one-size-fits-all dietary guidelines and public health nutrition approaches derive from out-of-date reductionist science. Nutritional therapy is person-centred, recognising individuality and the complex network of environmental factors which influence health status.

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Please watch the videos in the order they appear starting at number 1.

The Human Microbiome Project

The year 2008 saw the launch of the Human Microbiome Project, sponsored by the National institute for Health in the United States, a project with the goal of identifying the microorganisms in the human gut. See

Seen as a natural extension of the Human Genome Project, the Human Microbiome project was launched as a result of the understanding that the health of our gut microflora profoundly influences the human immune system and is linked with inflammation, which is associated with most of the major chronic complex diseases today.

This understanding has lead the worlds leading science journals to start to recognise the profound importance of nutrition and how it may interact with the human microbiome and health.

An example is the paper in Nature in 2011, called “Human nutrition, the gut microbiome and immune system: envisioning the future” the authors state: systematic changes in overall dietary consumption patterns across a population might lead to changes in the microbiota/microbiome with consequences for host nutritional status and immune responses.”

Click on the highlighted title above to read the full paper.

1) GoldLab Symposium 2012 – Professor Jeremy Nicholson

Jeremy Nicholson a Professor of chemistry and systems biology and is head of the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London.

Even as a young biochemist in the 1980s, Prof. Jeremy Nicholson brimmed with new ideas. In a decade when molecular biology and the human genome project had riveted the attention of the scientific community, Prof. Nicholson was one of the first to embrace the importance of metabolic profiling, and is now Head of one of the largest clinical academic departments in the world.

For his work, Nicholson has received numerous honors, including The Royal Society of Chemistry Gold Medal for Analytical Chemistry, the Pfizer Global Chemistry Prize for Chemical Biology and the Semmelweis University – Budapest Prize in Biomedicine.  Professor Jeremy Nicholson was also a guest speaker at the 2010 BANT AGM.

2) Human Gut Microbes – Dr Jeff Gordon

Dr Gorden is the Professor and Director, Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology at the University of Washington.

Human Gut Microbes

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BANT Continues to Raise Professional Standards for the Nutritional Therapy profession

Last month, BANT issued an update on key aspects of the new five-year strategic plan for the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).  This month we take a look at the work going on in the area of “clinical governance” and “professional practice” both of which support and promote the standards of the profession.

Part of this work has involved BANT researching aspects of clinical governance in many other professional bodies to ensure that our procedures match, or are “ahead of the pack”, with reference to our peer groups.  These included the British Dietetic Association, the Association for Nutrition, The General Osteopathic Council, the Health Professions Council, the Royal College of Midwives and numerous other associations for complementary and alternative medicine.

Clinical Governance – Overseen by BANT Director, Jane Nodder

The Department of Health defines clinical governance as: ‘a framework through which NHS organisations are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish’. (A First Class Service, Department of Health, July 1998).

From BANT’s perspective, clinical governance includes at least six workstreams that have, in some cases more than one project attached to them. The diagram below summarises the key areas of focus:

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Some of the projects within these work streams include:

Clinical Supervision Project (Project Leader – Jane Nodder, BANT Director):  This project will define and implement a system of clinical supervision for the nutritional therapy profession in the UK as part of BANT’s ongoing commitment to improve standards of practice and patient care across the profession, and to meet standards of best practice that exist in other healthcare professions with differing regulatory bodies.  So far, the project team has defined a detailed proposal for a possible approach to clinical supervision.  The next step is recruit a Project Manager to take the project into an implementation phase starting with a ‘pilot’.

Jane Nodder says: ‘as a professional body it is vital that BANT provides the tools, processes and procedures practitioners need to deliver the highest quality of care to their patients.  In addition, we absolutely need to focus on continually improving standards of clinical governance for the longer-term future of our profession’.

CPD Audit of Logged CPD (Project Leader – Elisabeth Foot, Chair of BANT CPD Committee):  This project is developing processes to ensure that all BANT members meet the mandatory requirement to complete an annual quota of CPD from January 2013.  The project will also define action(s) that can be taken with any members who do not meet the requirement.

Practitioner Website Audit (Project Leader – Louise Carder, BANT Director and Head of BANT Communications):  This project will develop and implement an approach for auditing the websites of BANT members to ensure they are compliant with the relevant EU Rules and Regulations, CAP code/ ASA rules, the BANT Code of Professional Practice and BANT guidelines.  The project will also define action(s) that will be taken with any members whose websites are ‘non-compliant’.

Another aspect of this project is to consider ways to improve members’ understanding of the complexities of the CAP code/ASA rules and foster a greater appreciation of the importance of compliance in general to reduce the risk of the nutritional therapy profession becoming a target for criticism.

Practice Standards The Practice Standards workstream covers three projects: Fitness to Practice, Return to Practice and Scope of Practice.  One of these is discussed below:

Fitness to Practice (Project Leader Deborah Colson, BANT Director):  This project is considering measures to ensure that all current, and future, BANT members are fit to practice.  Fitness to Practice means that BANT members:

  • are of good character
  • do not have a health condition that would affect their ability to practise
  • adhere to standards of professional conduct, performance and ethics
  • meet standards of proficiency
  • maintain (and record) required levels of appropriate CPD.

Professional Practice – Overseen by Project Leader Catherine Honeywell, Chair of the PPC Committee)

Working closely with the projects in the Clinical Governance workstream, the Professional Practice Committee (PPC) sets standards for nutritional therapists in the BANT Code of Professional Practice and monitors their implementation to help members practise safely, effectively and legally.   The PPC also maintains a clear focus on all aspects of professional practice including essential links with BANT’s other core objectives relating to training, education and research.  Its overall strategy covers:

  • advising members, where there is uncertainty, on how to apply the Code.
  • investigating complaints against BANT members by another BANT member or from members of the public against members who are registered with CNHC where the complaint falls outside the scope of CNHC.
  • investigating all complaints from members of the public against BANT members who are not registered with CNHC.
  • liaising with BANT Council to make sure that all projects tie in with the Code.
  • raising awareness amongst BANT members of the professional standards required for all NT consultations.
  • ensuring that the Code remains relevant and reflects advances in professional practice

Catherine Honeywell, says ‘BANT needs to improve transparency within the nutritional therapy profession and provide the public with a better understanding of the high standards of professional conduct and proficiency they can expect when they consult a BANT member practitioner’.

As you can see, BANT is continuing to champion the nutritional therapy profession as a primary healthcare option for the future. If you are a nutritional therapist and are committed to the future success of your profession, we urge you to show your support and join BANT if you have not already done so.

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See the profiles of Jane Nodder and Catherine Honeywell who are responsible for Clinical Governance and Professional Standards


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Epigenetic Videos

Selected videos at the cutting edge of science. Genetic diversity reflects evolutionary pressures from environmental changes, principally climate and diet. These drivers explain why populations and individuals vary and why one-size-fits-all dietary guidelines and public health nutrition approaches derive from out-of-date reductionist science. Nutritional therapy is person-centred, recognising individuality and the complex network of environmental factors which influence health status.

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Please watch the videos in the order they appear starting at number 1.

1) Epigenetics: How Genes and Environment Interact – Randy Jirtle, PhD

Professor Randy L. Jirtle heads the epigenetics and imprinting laboratory at Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Jirtle’s research interests are in epigenetics, genomic imprinting, and the fetal origins of disease susceptibility. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles, and was a featured scientist on the NOVA television program on epigenetics entitled Ghost in Your Genes. He was invited to speak at the 2004 Nobel Symposium on Epigenetics. He was honored in 2006 with the Distinguished Achievement Award from the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2007, Dr. Jirtle received an Esther B. O’Keeffe Charitable Foundation Award and was nominated for Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” He was the inaugural recipient of the Epigenetic Medicine Award in 2008, and received the STARS Lecture Award in Nutrition and Cancer from the National Cancer Institute in 2009.


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A Message from BANT Chair

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BANT Launches Its Five Year Strategic Plan

Since its inauguration 14 years ago, BANT has evolved to become the primary representative association for the nutritional therapy profession in the UK. In this time BANT has worked on behalf of members to raise standards in the profession as well as continually seeking to improve its own standards too. Developing the National Occupational Standards, working with the NTC, implementing CPD and working with the CNHC for voluntary self-regulation are amongst some of its notable achievements to date.

In 2012 our professional standards were challenged by the Which? Report and with the appointment of an almost entirely new Council shortly after, a more cohesive strategy has been created. Through the new mission and vision we bring together the needs of individual members with the support they need from their membership organization. This strategy focuses on the needs of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners, such as increasing consultations, and supporting practitioners so this can be done safely and effectively, but also on how BANT can ultimately develop into a Centre of Excellence in order to secure the future success of our profession.

The task of BANT Council’s inaugural Strategy Team was therefore to set about developing BANT’s vision for the future, learning from the past (including from other similar therapies such as osteopathy and chiropractic), researching the wider environment and then producing a robust 5 year plan to deliver the vision in this complex and dynamic environment.

The Strategic Plan is intended to provide direction and clarity, ensure commitment
and confident decision-making and also transparency to members on how BANT will deliver on its promises and put future membership fees to best use.

How will BANT deliver its Mission and Vision to Members?

These 4 critical success factors are the basic elements we must achieve as a profession in order to accomplish the new mission. The 11 strategic objectives below specify how BANT will deliver on these 4 basic elements including timescales and metrics for the next 5 years. Operational plans have been produced by each team detailing how they will deliver their part of the strategic objectives.

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