Nutritionhelp Statistics

Over the last few months, Robin White, husband of Erica, co-founder and senior director of Nutritionhelp, has been pulling together statistics for the Nutritionhelp online report system. We cannot use these statistics to make any claims, but we think that you will find viewing them to be very interesting. Over the next few weeks I hope to summarise some of the statistics, particularly covering key factors that many Nutritionhelp clients mention within the questionnaire.

First of all it is important to mention what our records contain and how they were collected. Robin White explains:

Symptoms are assessed by the client on a scale of 0-3 on the initial questionnaire and on subsequent reviews.
The initial questionnaire was compared with the second review.
An improvement of two points or more (i.e. 3 to 1, 3 to 0, 2 to 0) is designated ‘considerable’. An improvement of 1 point is considered ‘slight’.
The client is solely responsible for assessing the points assigned to each symptom.
For the purpose of this study we are only considering clients who recorded symptom scores of 2 or 3, and then went on to complete a further two review questionnaires.

Further comments on the gathering of our data are at the end of this post, but now let’s turn our attention to one of the symptoms we have assessed. To begin with I want to consider the subject of Pre Menstrual Syndrome.

The NHS website lists symptoms of PMS as:

Physical PMS symptoms
fluid retention and feeling bloated
pain and discomfort in your abdomen (tummy)
changes to your skin and hair
muscle and joint pain
breast tenderness
insomnia (trouble sleeping)
weight gain (up to 1kg)

Psychological PMS symptoms
mood swings
feeling upset or emotional
feeling irritable or angry
depressed mood
crying and tearfulness
difficulty concentrating
confusion and forgetfulness
decreased self-esteem

Behavioural PMS symptoms
loss of libido (loss of interest in sex)
appetite changes or food cravings

Any chronic (long-term) illnesses, such as asthma or migraine, may get worse.

This list really doesn’t make for pleasant reading, and yet many women are struggling with combinations of these symptoms month by month. However, nutritionally there is much support that can be offered in order to encourage correct hormone function. Firstly, it is important to ensure that the diet contains sufficient nutrients to benefit the hormonal system. A tailor-made Nutritionhelp programme will include the important vitamins and minerals for this area of health, whilst also recommending omega 6 oil, in the form of Gamma-linoleic Acid, which has been found to encourage hormonal health.

Another vital consideration in PMS is gut ecology. It is documented that Candida albicans produces over 79 toxins, and some of these waste products mimic oestrogen, which tricks the body into thinking it has produced adequate levels, leading to a reduction of its own oestrogen production. Since it is thought to be the decline in oestrogen and rise in progesterone (for up to two weeks before the period starts) which causes PMS, we can see that the interference of these yeast toxins are far from helpful. Addressing gut ecology by encouraging a reduction of yeasts and an increase of friendly bacteria is vital therefore in addressing symptoms of PMS. This, of course, is included within Nutritionhelp’s recommendations.

So what are our unbiased statistics for working with PMS, within the time between an initial Nutritionhelp report and two reviews?

For pre-menstrual bloating, 87% of clients saw some improvement, with 66% seeing considerable improvement.

For pre-menstrual depression, 87% of clients saw some improvement, with 60% seeing considerable improvement.

For premenstrual headaches, 92% of clients saw some improvement, with 58% seeing considerable improvement.

For premenstrual tiredness, 82% of clients saw some improvement, with 56% seeing considerable improvement.

For premenstrual breast tenderness, 88% of clients saw some improvement, with 56% seeing considerable improvement.

For premenstrual irritability, 87% of clients saw some improvement, with 48% seeing considerable improvement.

These figures can speak for themselves, but it is helpful to remember that in dealing with yeast, as it dies it produces even more toxins. This means that with symptoms that might be effected by Candida toxins, such as oestrogen levels, as yeast is being brought under control it may continue to have an influence, although slightly reduced, until gut ecology is more balanced.

Health practitioners are, quite properly, not allowed to make unsubstantiated claims, so please consider the following points regarding the use of our statistics:

These figures embrace all our clients and have not been ‘massaged’ for advertising purposes.

We have no way of checking the accuracy or truth of clients’ self-assessments and we have to assume that they are at least consistent in their scoring between initial and subsequent questionnaires.

We do not know if, or to what extent, a client has kept to the recommendations within his or her report.

We may not know if the client is trying to follow other advice at the same time as the advice within our report.

These records are just that; records in the past of other people that may or may not be relevant now.

We cannot claim that advice within a Nutritionhelp report will ‘make you better’.

In coming weeks I will review other health areas and how they are represented within Nutritionhelp statistics.


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