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When people are recovering from a catastrophic injury, they have the highest nutritional needs of virtually any other time in their life.  However, this is often the time when these clients find themselves struggling to prepare healthy food because they are fatigued, have multiple physical challenges around mobility or arm function and/or have impaired executive […]
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  Do you have clients who are regularly experiencing one or more of the following symptoms? burning sensation or pain in their stomach, chest or throat nausea or vomiting burping bloating a sour or bitter taste in their mouth chronic cough, throat clearing or hiccups difficulty swallowing or feeling like there is a lump in […]
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The number one question that I get asked when I tell people what I do is, “What does nutrition have to do with brain injuries?”   That is usually followed closely by the question, “do people with a brain injury need a special diet?” Based on current evidence, almost everyone in the population should be striving […]
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  Do you have any clients with epilepsy who continue to have seizures in spite of taking anti-epileptic medication?  Have you asked the neurologist about trialling them on a ketogenic diet?   What is a ketogenic diet? Ketogenic diets contain very high amounts of fat, adequate amounts of protein, and extremely low amounts of carbohydrates.  […]
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  A LOT of people with brain injuries and spinal cord injuries take laxatives — one…two…or even three laxatives a day, EVERYday for years.  My question is always, why?  If someone needs laxatives every day, that usually means there is another problem going on which needs further investigation.  It’s also worth remembering that some laxatives […]
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31 May 2019
  Over 80% of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will go on to become overweight or obese (with the majority becoming obese).1  People with PTSD also have higher rates of developing other physical health problems, including: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/dyslipidemia, increased risk of blood clots, systemic […]
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After a spinal cord injury, people are 2.5x more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to people who have not experienced a spinal cord injury.1 I was unable to find any similar research on rates of type 2 diabetes after a brain injury or traumatic amputation. However, many of the physical and metabolic changes […]
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Who do you need? Dietitian vs. a Speech & Language Therapist for dysphagia   Speech and Language Therapists: Speech and Language Therapists tend to specialise in communication and/or dysphagia.  If you suspect a client may have issues with their swallowing, a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) should be your first port of call.  These professionals […]
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As of the 1st April 2019, all texture-modified diets in the United Kingdom must follow the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) which gives world-wide consistency to the terms used to describe texture modified diets. The IDDSI descriptors have been phased in over the last two years, so you may have already seen Speech and […]
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Do you know the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?   Dietitians In the UK, the word “dietitian” (sometimes spelled “dietician”) is a protected title.  This means you cannot call yourself a dietitian unless you have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition (along with the required practical placements).  Dietitians must also be registered […]
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