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Why did I become a vegan naturopath and can a plant-based diet be healthy?

Vegan naturopath

My Vegan Journey

My vegan journey has been a long one; I had an inclination about the potential health benefits of a vegan diet long before I learned about the abhorrent treatment of animals in the meat, dairy and egg industries, and even before I really made any connection between the lump of meat I was eating and the once living, breathing and feeling being it came from.

I started making the connection between the food I was eating and animals only after I got a dog at 24 years old- until then I really hadn’t thought about it.  Suddenly I was head over heels in love with this beautiful, vulnerable creature who I would have done anything to protect, and I was busy eating other animals twice or even three times a day. It didn’t take me long see the hypocrisy and to cut out meat at this point, but I was still blind to the suffering and death inherent in other vegetarian products, such as eggs and dairy, which is far more hidden from us.  It was only after I watched an early screening of Cowspiracy, and I fully comprehended both the environmental and ethical consequences of consuming non-vegan products that I made the switch over.

I also had the fortune of experiencing incredible health improvements after I went vegan: my chronic arthritic pain disappeared, my energy levels increased exponentially, I stopped feeling like I had to worry about my weight, my digestion and immunity improved drastically, my hair, skin and nails got better, and I experienced a kind of inner peace and sense of gratitude that is hard to articulate, but many vegans try to. I knew that this had to mean incredible transformations were happening in my body, and unsurprisingly the science was there to back up this notion.

Veganism and Naturopathy

During my health science degree in Naturopathy there was a staggering amount of misinformation about vegan diets, with the vast majority of lecturers and students believing them to be unhealthy; opinions based not on science but on hear-say, and likely personal attachment to these products.  After all, if we acknowledge that a vegan diet can be both nutritionally adequate and healthful, then we have to take full personal responsibility for our personal choice to continue eating animals.  There was so much anti-vegetarian and anti-vegan dogma in my educational institution, that even some long term vegetarians ended up reverting to eating meat, so convinced they were in the veracity of unsubstantiated claims or personal anecdotes lecturers were saying.

There are really only a handful of vegan naturopaths around, and whilst we also had to complete a rigorous training in biosciences, herbal medicine and nutrition, we additionally had to do our own personal education in plant-based nutrition, as it certainly wasn’t anywhere on the curriculum.  Accordingly, most naturopaths who are not themselves vegan or vegetarian, have the bare minimum knowledge in what constitutes a healthful plant-based diet, nor the healthfulness of such a diet when appropriately planned.  I have unfortunately also heard so many stories of naturopaths and nutritionists who instead of admitting, and filling in their absence of knowledge, coerce their clients into going against their ethical choices and reintroducing animal products, citing such nonsense such as “The Blood Type Diet” as justification.  For all of these reasons, I highly recommend if you are following a plant-based diet, or are keen to move in that direction, that you seek out advice from somebody who follows that diet themselves.

In clinical practice I see vegans, vegetarians and people who wish to move in that direction themselves.  Sometimes the diets they are following are not adequately nutritious, and why would we expect them to be?  I don’t know about your school but the last thing we were taught was how to prepare a nutritionally complete meal, and certainly not how to meet our nutritional needs from the plant kingdom.  Can you think of any meat eaters you know who aren’t eating “properly”?  I’ll give you a moment.. or two.. 

I also see vegans and vegetarians who are eating very optimal diets, but for a wide range of other reasons (which can include underlying health conditions, lifestyle, emotional and genetic factors) are not thriving.  In this case I work with them in a way that is respectful to their ethical beliefs, further optimising their diet and lifestyle, providing ethically-appropriate and evidence-focused natural medicines, often in collaboration with other work their doctor is doing.

My mission is to assist current vegans and vegetarians to thrive long term, and also to help those who are keen to transition to this way of living to do so.  Every single day I am grateful for living this way, and I truly believe everybody deserves to feel the peace that comes when our actions and our values line up, and all the other personal rewards to our health and happiness that can accompany it.

I work from my 100% vegan naturopathy and nutrition clinic in Mullumbimby (part of the Byron Bay shire), but I also see patients online from around Australia and the world.  Click here for more information on my services, the conditions I work with, or to read more blogs specific both to plant-based nutrition, and to a variety of health conditions.

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Matt Gussin
Matt Gussin
16:41 22 May 21
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Sophie Smith
02:36 22 May 21
I would without a doubt recommend Camilla to anyone looking for a naturopath. She is so warm, caring, knowledgable and... helpful. I sought Camilla’s help to work on my severe PMS, heavy and painful periods and PTSD and mental health. From the moment I saw her she went above and beyond and is always there to help whenever I have any questions or concerns. I have just started my treatment plan and feel confident that I will see an improvement with my concerns.Thank you so much Camila xread more
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Laura Harper
02:59 07 Apr 21
I have been working with Camilla for a couple of months now with the aim of treating and managing hair loss, stress,... and anxiety. Camilla's process is incredibly thorough and informative and it has been amazing to not only feel better, but learn SO much in the process. My treatment plan has been very manageable, and Camilla has always made sure I understand why we are doing things rather than just telling me. This ​has really helped me to feel more in control and kept me committed to the lifestyle changes. Prior to working with Camilla, I felt a pretty overwhelmed with information, none of which I could be certain was true or even relevant to my symptoms whereas Camilla's process is so personal, and completely tailored to the individual.Camilla has been so kind, and understanding and has made the whole experience as comfortable and easy as possible. I have been shocked by how quickly I began to feel positive changes, and cant wait to see them continue!read more
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Millie Guest
02:45 04 Mar 21
Camilla is an incredible naturopath. I was recommended by a friend. I was struggling with my energy levels and needed... help to figure out why. The consults were thorough and in-depth and camilla made me feel super comfortable the whole way through.I had bloods done which confirmed i was low on iron as she had predicted. She wrote me an amazing in depth treatment plan, which included when and how to take my supplements with loads of tips & tricks on how to get the most out of them and include more into my diet. She also gave me loads of great recipes to cook to help with my iron intake.It has been over a month into treatment and i feel super energetic and full of life again. It was exactly what i needed to help get back to myself.I couldn’t recommend her enough. If you’re struggling with anything her in-depth knowledge in her field will help you.Thankyou more
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03:42 29 Dec 20
Camilla is very knowledgeable, helpful and has a wonderful nature. She’s caring and goes above and beyond to help. I... can’t recommend her enough. Thank you!read more
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Highly recommend. Camilla is a delight, very passionate and committed to getting clients back to their best!
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09:03 28 Oct 20
I’m so grateful for the treatment that I received from Camilla. My results improved within a month!! She is very... attentive, knowledgeable and caring. I highly recommend her for everyone!!read more
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Chloe Compton
10:20 24 Sep 20
I had several online consultations with Camilla. She was a pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable. Her treatment... plan has really helped me and improved my skin condition. Highly more
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Lilla Magyari
11:16 01 Sep 20
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