Natura's vision

Together, clinical PNI and nutritional medicine provide a unique way to effectively guide each individual patient toward good health. This powerful combination leads to a medical methodology in which the client holds a central position. The Natura Foundation wants to share this knowledge with you through their training courses and seminars, as well as through their website and newsletters.

Clinical psychoneuroimmunology and nutritional medicine

Our philosophy is that clinical PNI is a part of regenerative medicine. It is a science that considers diet, exercise and nutritional supplements to be of major clinical importance. By regulating biochemical communication mechanisms (PNI), natural interventions can positively influence the (epi)genetic process. We view stress as much more than merely psychological overload – it also encompasses an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, as well as many other (ecological) factors. Therefore, we speak of ‘clinical’ psychoneuroimmunology.


Food as medicine

Our food contains many thousands of active compounds, in particular micronutrients and other phytochemicals. In isolation, a type of food or a certain nutrient can never be sufficient to achieve a desired result within the human body. By properly combining into a recipe nutrients with ingredients that are similar and/or have synergistic activity, it is possible to create supplements and diets that act as preventative treatments and/or healing therapies. Nutritional medicine is only effective when a basic diet is taken as a starting point and any added supplements and phytotherapeutics are allowed to work synergistically with the diet. All forms of food have a number of specific effects in the body, including effects on metabolism. Physical exercise has very different effects. Together, they form one of the most potent combinations for the treatment of many commonly occurring ailments.

The Paleo Diet as a nutritional foundation

The human diet has changed rapidly and substantially during the past few centuries. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, we lived as hunter-gatherers in the African savanna. Our genes still appear to be tuned to the human diet of those times. This traditional human diet is referred to as a paleolithic diet or Paleo Diet. Professor Loren Cordain is a research scientist and leading expert on ancestral diets and their health implications for modern man (see also www.thepaleodiet.com). Although the different ancestral groups naturally did not eat exactly the same diet, their diets are clearly similar and all very different from the current human diet. Dr. Cordain concludes that the ideal human diet has an energy distribution relatively high in animal protein and low in carbohydrates. A diet low in carbohydrates is achieved by avoiding sugar and grains and focusing on the unrefined carbohydrates found in fruit, vegetables and roots. The entire nutritional medicine programme at the Natura Foundation begins with, and builds upon, the concepts of ‘food as medicine’ and the paleolithic diet as the nutritional foundation. During the training days, students receive a lunch that meets these principles – a delicious paleo-lunch.

Is supplementation a necessity?

Modern western life puts great demands on our body. To keep functioning well, it requires many essential nutrients. However, due to intensive agriculture, the quality of our food has seriously deteriorated over the past decades. Even when a healthy diet is followed our bodies do not obtain sufficient nutrition from it. Therefore, supplementation with phytotherapeutics and nutritional supplements is necessary for good health and to prevent and treat common ailments.