The Reason That I do What I do…..
Achieving clients’ health goals is fundamental to my clinical practice. It is all about ‘you’ the client. It never ceases to inspire me, how once given the scientific rationale and the mindset to change, clients not only take back control of their health but have the knowledge and ability to continue to look after themselves (and their loved ones) from then on. Below are a handful of examples of my clients’ feedback and the conditions that a functional approach utilising nutritional and lifestyle techniques have helped improve.
Condition: Colon Cancer
On the 24th April 2017 I started 5 weeks of Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy to shrink a cancerous tumour I had in my lower bowel.
My hope was the tumour would shrink enough to allow surgery to remove it, the procedure would involve removal of the entire lower bowel resulting in a permanent stoma.
By the end of the 4th week of treatment I had lost control of my bowel movements, unable to retain any food. Within minutes of eating it would be pass straight through me. I was prescribed codeine which did work but it meant every time I ate I would have to take the codeine to help control my bowel movement. I was told by my oncologist to eat foods such as white bread, pasta and white rice and to stop eating fruit and vegetables but I found myself getting progressively weaker.
I contacted Mark after five weeks of treatment believing I would not regain the proper use of my bowels. Mark went through my history to construct a specific program targeting my dietary needs, the results were amazing within days. Over the following weeks I had regained control of my bowels and was feeling so much better.
I was rescanned 10 weeks later with amazing results; the tumour had all but gone. This was an unbelievable result. I believe so much of this was down to Mark and the programme he put me on.
For this I thank Mark for taking me on and understanding my needs. I would strongly recommend anyone with bowel cancer to address their diet with a nutritional therapist as soon as possible. I have found Mark to be understanding, professional and very knowledgeable. I firmly believe that I would not have got the result I did without him.
Thank you again.
Condition: ME and Candida
Mark Bennett is an incredibly knowledgeable and supportive Nutritional Practitioner. After battling with M.E. and a range of systemic health problems for 3 years, Mark has played a pivotal role in helping me return to a state of health. By managing my condition through diet and lifestyle, this has changed my life as well as my family’s. Mark has done an incredible amount of research for myself and my family in terms of our health journey. He is thorough, precise and provides educational insight into why he makes specific recommendations to his clients. Because of his rigour, he has 100% earned my trust, as I can now make lifelong changes to my diet that I know are scientifically explained and critically appraised. Anybody under his care is in good hands.
Condition: Chronic constipation, sinus pain, joint pain and brain fog
I have suffered over very many years with digestive problems, mostly chronic constipation, bloating and general fatigue and a few years ago I reached a bit of a ‘crisis point’ when my GP told me that this “was just the way I was”! I was not prepared to accept this diagnosis, which had pretty much condemned me to a life of sub-optimal health & chronic discomfort. So I did a lot of my own research, changed my diet significantly and by adhering to a gluten free & grain free diet consisting of fresh unprocessed food I cured the constipation virtually overnight. My digestion improved significantly as did many of the other symptoms. However, I still wasn’t in optimal health: I still had joint and sinus pain, and occasionally the constipation and brain fog returned, my hormones were a bit ‘out of kilter’ and I wasn’t sleeping very well. I had got a long way by myself, but I needed guidance from a professional to ensure I was getting balanced and optimal nutrition. It was very important to me that I really understood what I was doing and why – which is why I went to see Mark.
Mark is extremely knowledgeable. His advice is backed up by a sound understanding of the latest research and science behind good nutrition. I could talk to him for hours!! He is interesting, understanding, helpful and – most importantly – very thorough and effective. He has access to a wide range of diagnostic tests that are not available through the GP – tests that provide a lot of valuable information, which in turn inform the correct interventions. I now know that, among other things, I don’t have IBS (as diagnosed by a different GP), I don’t have parasites and I don’t have candida! I now know why I’ve been getting symptoms and I know what to do about it. Mark’s personalised and structured advice has enabled me to take control over my health – and that is most empowering!
Condition: Coeliac Disease
I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease at the age of 53 after years of digestive and related health problems. Although the hospital staff were very caring, I felt bereft of detailed knowledge on how to restore my health.
There is a myriad of information relating to the condition and a very active charitable organisation to support people with the condition, but, as with many autoimmune conditions, the journey is a very personal one.
I was recommended to Mark by a friend who had heard him talk about the work he does.
I was nervous that I was doing the wrong thing and slightly disbelieving that seeing him would have any major impact on my life. How wrong was I.
Mark has a gentle and impartial scientific approach to all things digestive. He is also living testament to all he holds true.
The outcome of the information he provided and the tests that were done and consequently analysed, allowed me to change gently to a new way of managing my diet and lifestyle. At no point was there any pressure to change, just gentle informative encouragement.
I have slowly taken on board the advice, selected the supplements that work best for me and adapted to a regime that works with my life. If I stray, I pay the price. The key is that I now understand why things go wrong and, importantly, how to steer back on course.
I have no hesitation in recommending both Mark and the services he provides. From the restful environment of his office to the charming private phlebotomist he used, the experience was positive.
Thank you Mark.
Condition: Arthritis (knee)
I suffered extreme pain from an arthritic knee and was facing a long wait for a replacement, during which I was on a regime of pain relief from the doctor, which was making me feel ill and was not alleviating the pain significantly. I decided to stop taking the pain killers and asked Mark for his help with an open mind and a ‘can’t be any worse than my present medication’ attitude.
Thank goodness I did! Mark recommended dietary changes and a regime of supplements which have had an amazing effect. I feel much better in myself and I no longer have the constant sharp, debilitating, pain and now have many days without any real pain. I would definitely recommend Mark (and do!) as his intervention has improved my quality of life beyond anything I thought possible when I first approached him.
Condition: Fatigue and General Malaise
‘I approached Mark after he was recommend by BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy). My symptoms had been with me for a few years and consisted of fatigue, regular colds and illnesses, a generally weak immune system and Shingles. Through the vigorous testing, that identified a range of food sensitivities, intestinal hyperpermeability (leaky gut) and imbalances in the micro flora, changes to my diet and lifestyle were recommended by Mark. Within 3 months I felt a remarkable change in my health and after 6 months all my symptoms had completely disappeared. Mark identified the route cause of my health problems and has provided me with the knowledge to live a healthy and hopefully long life.’
Condition: Chronic Bloating and Reflux
‘After suffering with bloating and acid pains for 7 months, and with no help from my GP, I was recommended Mark. After my consultation, I was immediately given an action plan which I followed closely and after a month my stomach was back to normal. With further investigation Mark got to the root of the problem and now I understand the caused as well as having a plan in place to ensure I can go back to a normal lifestyle in the long run. For anyone experiencing stomach difficulties I would recommend Mark, not only has it helped my lifestyle now but I understand the impact it has on my health in the future.’
Condition: Chronic Hives and Rashes
‘For some years I had been suffering from hives and rashes and had been advised by the doctors to take antihistamine which had become routine to continue with normal life. However I always felt there must be some underlying problem, so when I read an article by Mark about histamine intolerance I decided to listen to him talk and was impressed with his scientific approach, so formally sort a consultation.
He recommended a series of tests then a sort of detox diet that looked a little extreme but I understood the logic of eliminating suspect foods and then reintroducing foods back in when the test results returned.
With Marks help I found the initial diet for 28 days interesting and an exciting challenge and it certainly opened my eyes to new foodstuffs and alternative ways to prepare existing produce. After 7 days I stopped using the antihistamine and by the end of the 28 days my other symptoms had disappeared as well. Plus I got other improvements I had not even raised with Mark. To cap it all I shed a stone in weight and never once went hungry.
I feel great and have reintroduced many foodstuffs, but more importantly I have a better understanding of how my previous lifestyle was affecting my health and have the tools to deal with matters going forward’.
Sabrina (mother of child with eczema)
After my daughter repeatedly became ill, then also developed eczema on her face and body and being told to use steroid cream by the Doctor I decided that this can not be good for my child.
Therefore I went to Mark and he straight away recommended that I remove all dairy from her diet and use coconut milk instead. Within days the red sore patches around her mouth had calmed down and now a month later it has completely cleared up all over her face and body. I am thrilled with the outcome and so is my daughter, she is happy and very healthy. I truly recommend Mark, he is extremely knowledgeable and has a real passion about nutrition and being able to help people.
Condition: Chronic Reflux and Anxiety
In January of 2016 I started to experience an uncomfortable, painful and unexplained sensation in my chest. After some time the pain starting running through my arms and stomach and, after many trips to the doctors, hospital and several tests later, it was suggested that I had acid reflux as a result of anxiety and an unhealthy lifestyle.
After six months of being prescribed many forms of medication, including antibiotics, it was clear that they were subsiding the pain but weren’t curing my problem. During this time I was scared as I didn’t understand why I was feeling like this, which in turn made my anxiety worse and of course my symptoms.
In the following August, a family member suggested I book an appointment with Mark as they had been to see him and had amazing outcomes as a result of his work. Within a few weeks I attended by first consultation with Mark, where I instantly felt a sense of relief and finally some hope in what I was being told was wrong with me. I could see that Mark is passionate about what he does and genuinely cared about making people better. Following being asked in-depth questions about my symptoms, family history and lifestyle he began to explain what he thought was the root of my illness. This was a thorough explanation where he made sure I understood everything he was saying so that I could come to terms with and finally start to understand how I could start to recover.
Within a week I received my first consultation summary and new lifestyle plan, which I started to follow instantly as my trust in Mark’s judgement and opinion had no doubt. Within a couple of weeks I could already see the difference this change was making and I haven’t looked back since. My symptoms diminished and eventually ceased as a result of Mark’s knowledge. Since my consultations Mark emails me to check up on how I am doing, which proves he cares about what he does. (Without sounding cliché) I can honestly say it has changed my life and would freely recommend him to anyone who is struggling with an illness, no matter how big or small. Mark – thank you for everything.
Condition: Severe Reflux and Digestive Issues
I first met Mark Bennett in mid June 2016, having read his monthly health column in Round & About magazine. His article sounded very convincing.
I have had two years of gut problems affecting my lower and upper bowel, as well as severe reflux problems, resulting in taking Lansoprazole tablets to help with stomach acidity. I had also had scans, X-rays and a colonoscopy so decided that I had nothing to lose by visiting Mark.
After completing a comprehensive questionnaire and having various tests as well as a thorough one and a half hour consultation, I returned home with a good idea of what sort of diet and lifestyle I should be following.
Another visit followed six weeks later when Mark was in receipt of my test results and then my diet was ‘tweaked’ to take into account particular food sensitivities.
I can honestly say that from my first visit, I have only taken one Lansoprazole tablet. I have been utterly amazed that all the pains and problems have vanished, unless of course I stray from the recommendations!
I cannot believe how well I feel and I would suggest anyone who suffers from the sort of problems I was experiencing would be well advised to visit Mark. I still find it hard to accept that a corrective eating plan could actually completely clear up my digestive problems of the last two years. I cannot praise and thank Mark enough.
Condition: Chronic Fatigue, Acne, IBS and Depression
Ann (mother of the client)
My daughter has been following a very carefully managed elimination protocol for 5 months now under the professional guidance of Mark. Her main symptoms had been lethargy, lack of stamina and a general feeling of poor health. She had been taking medication over many years for depression, IBS and acne. Now she has energy and vitality and has reduced her tablets considerably, hoping to do without medication completely in the next few weeks or months.
The elimination protocol is quite a challenge, the first month was not easy and we were afraid she would not stick to it. However, in view of the cost of consultation, new food items and important supplements, she persevered. Thank goodness she did because by the second month she was beginning to feel a lot brighter, more positive and started to see the benefits. Mark has been a great support throughout giving helpful guidance and his passion for health & nutrition has been a superb encouragement.
There are plenty of good recipes to follow that are suitable including ideas for snacks and drinks, even when eating out, so that bit by bit it has become a way of life and she feels so much better for it. It has truly changed her life round, so we are all very thankful for that!
Condition: Crohn’s Disease (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
I contacted Mark following a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. I was told by my consultant to accept this incurable, chronic condition and that diet would make no difference. The outlook was long term use of steroids and other medication. I hoped that there was an alternative to this, and Mark has proved this.
Mark is extremely knowledgable and has all of the latest research at his fingertips to support this knowledge. He is also very caring and thorough in his approach, really looking at the whole picture, not just the immediate symptoms.
Mark provided me with hope, and now through dietary and lifestyle recommendations has enabled me to cure my symptoms. During my first consultation I explained that my goal was for my health to be back where it used to be. The reality is that my health is now much better than it used to be, and many of the dietary changes that I have learned from Mark will stay with me long term.
In addition to this Mark is very efficient and responsive, a real breath of fresh air after struggling for answers in both the NHS and private sector!
I cannot recommend Mark highly enough.
Condition: Facial Eczema
Thank you for all the help you have given me in establishing the cause of the dreadfully itchy, painful and unsightly rash that has developed on my face.
After a thorough investigation, you concluded that the problem is that I am allergic to gluten and have a low tolerance of dairy products. I was then put on a strict diet to repair the gut damage. The damage took about 4 months to repair and since then I have only had one major outbreak which was caused by my own thoughtlessness.
I cannot recommend your services highly enough and am only too happy to endorse your work. You are extremely caring, thorough and professional. Thanks to your instruction I now have a much clearer knowledge of my allergy and have been able to accommodate new foods into everyday living without much difficulty. I have even got my husband to eat a few of the things I do!
Thank you again, Mark.
Condition: Prostate Cancer
“I was diagnosed with cancer in February 2015. I was recommended that I should visit Mark Bennett at Entire Wellbeing to see if there was anything I could do in addition to the long period of medication and treatment that was mapped out for me. I found his wisdom and support superb. He helped me with a number of tests and advice on Natural Therapy to see what my body was happy to ingest versus what it was not in order to improve my overall health and wellbeing. Following the results we discussed an intervention programme in order to ensure that my body was fighting fit to fight the disease. I feel so much better both psychologically and health wise and cannot thank Mark enough for his enduring support”
Condition: Chronic Constipation
I met with Mark after years of trouble with my digestion. I was looking for some support with getting to the root of the problem, which I thought was not based in Medicine, but in what I ate. Mark supported me by helping put together a plan to exclude foods that could be causing problem, and gave a great deal of support with meal plans, substitutes and suggestions! With the help of nutritional therapy I solved years of digestive difficulties much quicker than if I had attempted to do the same myself, and I feel like a better version of myself (with much more energy)!
I originally contacted Mark Bennett after seeing my GP for stress-related stomach problems. She decided I was suffering from IBS and prescribed a course of oral medication to be taken ‘when symptoms were present’. When I asked how long I was to take this medication, she replied, as long as I was suffering from IBS.
I was not happy with this solution and wanted to find a better, more holistic way of managing my reactions to stress and one which did not mean that I was to be taking medication for an unquantified time period. I had considered myself to be fit, running several times a week and going to yoga regularly, and I thought I had a healthy diet but I still did not feel great and suffered repeated injury. This was contributing to my overall lethargy which combined with the signs of IBS and lack of good sleep meant I was grumpy and tired much of the time.
At our initial consultation Mark Bennett and I discussed my life, my job and my diet. His thorough attention to the mundane details of my life meant that he had a very good idea of my day-to-day life and work schedule as well as what food and drink I had been putting in my body. He suggested a series of blood and stool tests be run and after those were done, I was put on a 28 day elimination diet which removes all foods that can trigger reaction (diary, gluten, processed food, alcohol…etc.). After one week, I started sleeping better and within the 28 days had dropped from over 11 stone down to 10 stone. My body felt lighter, I had far more energy and, a particular unexpected bonus, my hormones no longer seemed to be in the control of another, slightly-deranged person.
I have now begun to slowly reintroduce foods back into my diet with an emphasis on freshness and flavour and I feel that I have created the foundation to maintaining a far healthier lifestyle.
Mark impressed me with both his enthusiasm and the information he provided. His easy-going manner means consultations are relaxed but always professional. I am pleased I took the step to seeing him and would thoroughly recommend his help.
Condition: Excess Weight and General Malaise
After many years of suffering with digestive problems and not getting anywhere with my GP I was recommended to Mark.
After my initial consultation Mark supported me with changing my diet and recommended that I go gluten, wheat & dairy free.
I have found this to have helped change my lifestyle & I feel so much better in myself.
So many people have commented on how I have changed & I would truly recommend Mark’s service.
Thank you very much.