|Katarina Tothova, MSc, dipCNM(NT), mANP|
- Diploma in Nutrition Therapy from the The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM)
- CNM holds accreditation from the Nutrition Therapy Council and is in line with the latest EU directives and regulations
- registered member of The Association of Naturopathic Practitioners
- Course in Biological/Biomedical Sciences and Higher Advanced Chemistry from the Stevenson College (now part of Edinburgh College)
- BHOS P401 certificate in Asbestos identification by polarised microscopy
- Reiki II. certificate
- Masters degree in Geography, Mathematics and Education from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University Bratislava
After a difficult year in my life struggling with fatigue, bouts of complete exhaustion and various pains, I learned there was no appropriate therapy available within existing health services. There was no complex testing or consultation offered and I was left without much help, hardly able to walk or even sit. For a science-orientated person with analytical mind still ticking with no harm, this was no acceptable option. Instead of giving up I evaluated my life choices and alternatives and enrolled in naturopathic medicine college.
During this time of demanding study, my health unfortunately deteriorated even more and it became obvious I had to give up my previous career completely. The study was possible thanks to its flexible schedule and I also had the best motivation in the world - to learn how to get better! But for me, the real study and research started only after the graduation - when my energy and stamina improved to such extent I could fully tackle this very complex subject of health and medicine. By taking on a limited number of clients I still spend large part of my time researching and taking part in continuous professional education.
Sometime people ask me, how can I help my clients if my own health is not perfect? On which I usually answer that there is no person who has more passion and also experience in restoring the health than the one who have already lost it.
My passion for getting and staying healthy and returning to previous activities reflects in constant research of both science and traditional wisdom, finding the best ways and tricks nutrition has to offer to sort various issues. I continue diving deep into functional medicine, which is bridging traditional medicine, nutrition, modern testing and alternative therapies. Last but not least, my own constant need to keep myself functioning is helping me to have strong understanding, compassion and empathy for other people with health problems and for those healthy ones who wish to stay that way for as long as possible.
As a part of my life changing activities and saving money on organic vegetable I set up a small garden. This was my first ever crop of Swiss chard, carrots, parsley and courgette on the way to kitchen - grown at about 1000m above the sea level!
After this first garden experiment we could not get enough of our new favorite food - crispy dark Italian kale and chard chips, covered in salt and garlic powder. In Slovakia, the Winter was too cold to keep the kale growing the next season, but in the UK this hardy plant can be grown throughout the whole year much easier.