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Take the leap in to nutrition

Thursday, 31st January, 2019 8:44am

Paula McMeel is a graduate of the College of Naturopathic Medicine, she spoke to the Cork Independent about becoming a nutritionist and her experience at the college:

“I’ve always been passionate about nutrition and I wanted an accredited qualification that would allow me to practise as a recognised practitioner. So when I came across the Nutritional Therapy course at College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), I decided to attend an open day. I signed up to study as I was amazed at the comprehensive content and the holistic approach to health. I was also drawn to the 200 clinical hours as part of the course.

As the course is science based and therapeutic, I loved researching for the assignments and how different foods can help with different conditions. The course has been a huge benefit to my own health and has completely changed the way I think about health. I love CNM’s approach to treating the body as a whole as opposed to treating a condition.

As my background is in nursing (women's health and midwifery), I have seen women struggling to get pregnant due to being overweight, hormonal conditions such as PCOS, thyroid conditions and endometriosis. Also women with ill-health have increased risk of potentially life-threatening conditions for both mum and baby, such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. Postnatally, the body needs meals to rebuild energy, replenish lost nutrients, and help to produce breast milk.

I want to give women the knowledge to have better health without resorting to medication and crash diets.

Attending CNM gave me the confidence and know-how to set up my own practice as a naturopathic nutritional therapist.

I am especially interested in empowering women to be the best version of themselves so as a practitioner I am focusing on nutrition for women’s health, fertility, pregnancy and post-partum.”


To find out more about training with CNM for a career in natural health call 01-8788060 or visit

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