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

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I am a medical nutritionist, nutritional therapist and the author of over 60 popular health books.

I qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. While working as a hospital doctor and GP, I soon realised 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 to learn more about prevention 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 VitaeCV Dr Sarah Brewer

 




Disclaimer

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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6 thoughts on “About Dr Sarah Brewer

  • Nathan Weston - Edwards

    Hello, i have had medical problems for all of my life.One in particular is undescended testicles from a few months after birth, the surgeons saved my right testicle about 3 and a half years ago ( i was about 28 or 29 years old at the time ) and the left is thin.I am also on a testosterone gel too because both won’t function properly without it.Now i know this is a long shot, but is there anything you can do with dietary food to help.I am also prone to gout too.I can’t eat oranges, strawberries, nuts and tomatoes.I also had bad anxiety too.If you can help me out that would be great.I won’t stop my medication until there is a massive significant difference, in my overall health etc from any food advice that you give me.Kind regards Nathan.

    • DrSarahBrewer Post author

      Hi, Diet can support testosterone replacement therapy, but is unlikely to replace it. It’s important to ensure your T levels remain within the normal range as low levels lead to a range of symptoms, including lack of energy, decreased strenth/endurance, low mood, low libido, and a general slowing down of performance in all areas of life. In the long term, untreated testosterone deficiency also increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and osteoporosis so do keep using the testosterone gel unless your doctor advises otherwise. Avoid excess alcohol which can suppress testicular function. There is some evidence that monounsaturated (eg olive oil) and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (eg fish oil) can improve blood levels of testosterone, while trans fats and omega-6 fatty acids (eg safflower, sunflower or corn oils) may reduce testicular volume. Men who are overweight can improve testosterone balance by losing weight with a high protein diet. While supplements are unlikely to have a magical effect, some vitamins and minerals are needed for testosterone production: zinc, magnesium and vitamin A, for healthy sperm, additional antioxidants are needed (vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium) plus folic acid and B vitamins for cell division so a good multivitmain and mineral will act as a nutritional safety net. Although supplements aimed at body builders often suggest they can boost testosterone levels, there is little evidence that they are effective and some contain ingredients that are best avoided. Your best bet is to follow a Mediterranean style DASH diet that is beneficial for the heart, blood pressure, circulation and general health. Hope that helps, best wishes, Sarah B

  • Jocelyn Yates

    I have ben prescribed Tolteradine Tartrate after a complicated hysterectomy. Can I still take the following: probiotics super pro 20, turmeric vitamin D and CQ10?

    • DrSarahBrewer Post author

      Hi Jocelyn, I’ve checked the Natural Medicines interaction database, which advises caution with tolterodine plus turmeric, as this contains curcumin which might, theoretically, reduce metabolism of the medication so blood levels rise to cause side effects. No known interactions are cited between tolterodine and probiotics, vitamin D or CoQ10. It’s best to check with your own doctor or pharmacist, too. Thanks, Sarah B

  • Lucy Wildman, UK-based researcher for Reader's Digest International Editions

    Dear Dr Brewer,

    I came acrosss your name as a GP who is likely to recommend alternative treatments to patients and I hope you won’t mind me getting in touch.

    Reader’s Digest International Editions are currently researching an article about alternative remedies and we’re looking for case histories of patients who’ve been prescribed such treatments by their GPs. I wonder if you might have successfully used any of the treatments listed below recently?

    If so, might you be prepared to be interviewed by the author of the piece?

    Thanks and kind regards,

    Lucy Wildman

    UK-based researcher for Reader’s Digest International Editions