About Dr Sarah Brewer

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.’ Jim Davis

If you’ve got this far then, like me, you’re probably passionate about food, healthy eating and how these relate to Nutritional Medicine. The good news is that wine, coffee and dark chocolate are allowed – even beneficial. Cupcakes? Not so much, except as an occasional treat when no-one’s looking.

My Qualifications

I am a registered medical doctor, a registered nutritionist, a registered nutritional therapist and the author of over 70 popular health books which you can see here.

I am Cornish and grew up in Padstow and St Austell in Cornwall. I qualified from Selwyn College, Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences (B.Sc. Hons.) and went on to study at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine to qualify in Medicine (M.B.) and Surgery (B.Chir).

I then spent a further three years qualifying as a GP at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, and have worked as a:

  • Full-time GP Principal in Plymouth for 6 years
  • Clinical Assistant in Orthopaedics at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
  • Sexual Health Physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

While working as a GP and hospital doctor, I recognised that many illnesses are linked to diet and lifestyle choices.

I therefore spent six years studying for a Master’s degree in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey (M.Sc. Nutr. Med.) to learn more about maintaining health and preventing illness through diet rather than treatment with drugs.

I’ve set up this website to help share some of the amazing things I’ve learned about how food, supplements and herbal medicines can help to support health and improve many common symptoms.

I hope you find the information useful.

If you have a health problem that might respond to nutritional approaches, look under the Diet & Health tab where I’m adding new pages as quickly as my other work permits.

If the health problem, food or supplement you’re interested in hasn’t featured, let me know in the comments box below and I’ll bump it to the top of my To-Do list.

If you’d like to ask a Nutritional Medicine question, visit my Ask A Question page and I’ll do my best to post a response in a couple of days.

Please note, I am not currently taking on new patients. If you have any symptoms that concern you, please consult your own doctor sooner rather than later.

Dr Sarah Brewer MSc (Nutr Med), MA(Cantab), MB, BChir, RNutr, MBANT, CNHC


Curriculum Vitae: CV Dr Sarah Brewer


  • MSc Nutritional Medicine                    University of Surrey                                                          2010
  • MA (Master of Arts)                             University of Cambridge                                                   1984
  • MB (Bachelor of Medicine)                 University of Cambridge                                                    1984
  • BChir (Bachelor of Surgery)                University of Cambridge                                                   1983
  • BA (Hons) Natural Sciences                University of Cambridge                                                   1980


  • Certificate of General Practice            JCPTGP                                                                             1988
  • Diploma in Phytotherapy                      A. Vogel Institute                                                             1998
  • RNutr (Registered Nutritionist)           Association for Nutrition UKVRN                                   2008
  • MBANT                                                   Member British Association Nutritional Therapists      2008


  • Merit, MSC Nutritional Medicine, 2010
  • Health Journalist Of The Year,   2002
  • Distinction, Diploma in Phytotherapy, 1998
  • Distinction, Higher Cert. Wine (WSET), 1994
  • 1st Prize PMS Help GP Essay, 1993
  • 1st Prize Flora National Heart Essay, 1983




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Nothing in this blog should be construed as personal medical advice or instruction. Do not do anything, or stop doing anything, as a result of anything you read here. Always seek individual advice from your own doctor, dietician or nutritionist on all matters relating to your health and well-being. While I make every effort to ensure all posts are accurate, and include links to abstracts or papers so you can check the facts yourself, no information here is intended as the ‘final word’ on any topic – nutritional medicine is a fast-evolving field and something which is accepted as a fact today may be considered totally wrong in the not-too-distant future. I cannot be held responsible for any information that is missing from this site, or for any incorrect information found by following a link on this site. My posts and opinions are all provided in good faith.

Please note, I can only give general nutritional advice. If you have a health problem that worries you, please see your own doctor as soon as possible. Your health and well-being are important. If you have a diagnosed health condition or are taking any prescribed medicines or over-the-counter remedies, always seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist before taking any supplements or making any drastic dietary changes.

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