Meet The Founders
Nutritional Therapist and
a Psycho-neuro-immunology Clinician
Fleur Borrelli is the UK’s first psycho-neuro-immunology clinician. Psycho-neuro-immunology is a multi-layered approach to medicine, which looks at the pathways to ill health and provides regenerative interventions. It is based on the latest developments in the fields of psychology, neurology, endocrinology, immunology, evolutionary biology and epigenetics – and is underpinned by Nutritional Medicine
Fleur is also a health writer, appearing in many popular magazines. She regularly writes for Nutrition iMag, a magazine for healthcare professionals, and for Bite The Sun, a new health initiative set up by The Alliance for Natural Health. Fleur is also a regular contributor to Glynis’ Ageless website.
Actress and co-author of
The In-Sync Diet
Glynis Barber is a well-known British actress both on stage and television. Best known for her role in Dempsey and Makepeace, she has also starred in numerous other TV series including Blake’s 7, Night & Day, Emmerdale, The Royal and most recently Eastenders.
As well as acting, Glynis is passionate about all aspects of health, nutrition and exercise. Her hugely successful Yoga Secrets Anti-Ageing DVD quickly sold out on QVC, and she also founded her lifestyle/anti-ageing website www.agelessbyglynisbarber.com.
2015 saw the successful launch of The In-Sync Diet which reached no.1 in category on Amazon and the top 10 in all categories. Glynis is currently a columnist for Natural Heath Magazine.
I come from a small village in Wiltshire, on the edge of the Marlborough Downs. My father is the person with the greatest influence on the choices I have made. As a doctor, he ran his own practice and his surgery was next door to our family home. Our lives were intertwined with the practice – everyone from patients to practitioners knew my sister and me. Often, we would go with my father on his home visits and loved chatting to his patients. Whenever we are ill, we are taken down to the dispensary and given some medication. There is a pill for everything and life feels very safe in his hands.
My own In-Sync journey begins in London in my late teens. I arrive in London fresh from an idyllic childhood running around outdoors in Africa and go straight into drama school and the acting business. Always either on the go doing 8 shows a week, or out of work and short of cash, I think nothing of eating a large slice of cake for lunch and since I don’t really know how to cook, I might even have cake for dinner too. In fact, 80% of my diet probably consists of bread, fruit, cake and sweets with the odd egg thrown in to make me feel like I’ve eaten proper food. I eat appallingly without giving it a second thought!
Everything changes age 15 when I unexpectedly lose my father; our whole family is devastated and the world I know up to this point falls apart. The ensuing years are fairly chaotic because my mother is not in a good place. I come to the realisation that medicine cannot mend everything and not even a doctor can fix himself. I make a very firm decision that I am not going to go down the same route as my parents. Seeing their over-reliance on conventional medicine, I know I need to take responsibility for my own health. Keen to travel after university, I pack my bags up and find myself teaching English in Brazil. There I discover the incredible diversity of fresh produce and a sharp interest in natural medicine which is a deep part of Brazil’s heritage.
On my return, I take a degree in nutritional medicine and soon after begin to see patients myself. But after a while it becomes very clear to me that whilst I can make an impact on some people’s lives by working on their diet, this is not happening with everybody. There is an important piece missing to my practice – I am not getting to the root of why people become obese or ill in the first place. I am not seeing how life experiences as well as lifestyle choices are impacting on my patients’ health.
So I research further and discover one of the leading lights in the field, Dr Leo Pruimboom, Scientific Director of the Natura Foundation in Holland. Leo is one of today’s most prominent figures in the clinical psycho-neuro-immunology movement establishing it on the world stage as a solid scientific discipline with a cutting-edge approach to healthcare. I know I have found what I have been looking for – the opportunity to really make a difference to people’s lives. I quickly sign up to do my Post Graduate Diploma in Psycho-neuro-immunology and feel the benefits with my patients straightaway. I listen to their story, unravel the pathway to illness and integrate diet and exercise with Psychology to help them move forwards and to bring recovery of health. Contrary to what we think, health is not necessarily sticking rigidly to the same healthy foods. Nor is it having a set routine where you do the same things every day at the same time.
So, what really is health? Health is flexibility. Health is metabolic flexibility, being able to use different energy systems in the body according to need, especially fat. Metabolic flexibility creates more energy which in turn promotes immunological flexibility – your body’s ability to produce a wide spectrum of immune cells to protect you against every eventuality. And health is about psychological flexibility, not getting stuck in negative patterns of thought. And this is what we hope to transfer to you on our In-Sync Diet Online Programme.
Fleur Borrelli PG Dip cPNI, BSc Nut Med, psycho-neuro-immunologist and nutritional therapist is one of the UK’s first psycho-neuro-immunology clinicians. She is currently studying for her Masters in clinical psycho-neuro-immunology (cPNI). cPNI is a multi-layered approach to natural medicine looking at recovering the (biochemical, immunological, emotional, etc…) pathways to optimal health. It is based on the latest developments in the fields of psychology, neurology, endocrinology, immunology, evolutionary biology and epigenetics – all underpinned by nutritional medicine, exercise as medicine and psychosocial techniques.
Fleur is also a health writer and has appeared in many popular magazines and complementary healthcare journals. She is also a regular contributor to Glynis’ Ageless website.
Fleur’s website is ww.fleurborrelli.com
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