Moira Browne, IHS Academic Manager, at the IFM Conference in Colorado

As part of our commitment to ensuring that all IHS course material is kept up to date with the latest research, Moira Browne – IHS Academic Manager – has just returned from Colorado in the USA where she completed the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Advanced Practice Module (APM) in Detoxification. Continue reading…


Warning, water does not ease dehydration

I know. I was astonished too. As a healthcare professional for over 10 years I feel terrible. There I was inadvertently lying to my clients for all these years only to find that according to the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) water cannot reduce dehydration after all and if anyone claims it can they could be slapped with a hefty fine, or in some European countries even a prison sentence. I am not quite sure what else I am going to suggest for a dehydrated individual yet but am waiting with bated breath to find out whether oxygen is in fact required for breathing or whether food contains any calories or nutrients after all! Continue reading…


Functional Sports Nutrition Course with Dr Fionnula McHale

IHS brings the very latest theories in sports nutrition to Dublin this June. Join Dr Fionnula McHale for our Functional Sports Nutrition CPD course, which applies the Functional Medicine model to the Sports Nutrition arena, creating a new and more effective way of working with sports enthusiasts.

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Ask a silly question

In a rather melodramatic editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine titled ‘Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements’, the authors claim that multivitamin supplements show no evidence of a beneficial effect on all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or cognitive performance (1). They also re-issued outdated studies that appear to demonstrate that beta-carotene, vitamin E, and possibly high doses of vitamin A supplements increase mortality.

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Ask a silly Question…..

In a rather melodramatic editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine titled ‘Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements’, the authors claim  that multivitamin supplements show no evidence of a beneficial effect on all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or cognitive performance (1). They also re-issued outdated studies that appear to demonstrate that beta-carotene, vitamin E, and possibly high doses of vitamin A supplements increase mortality.

It’s difficult to prove anything when asking such a silly question. Neither their Continue reading…


Why Christmas Dinner Isn’t Such a Guilty Pleasure. By Suzanne Laurie, IHS Director

Parties, presents and plenty of food – overindulgence is part and parcel of the festive period. With this in mind many of us become even more obsessed than usual on how not to gain weight – but is Christmas the time to worry about this? And what if I told you that whilst many of the foods you will be eating over the festive season may be a little high on the calorie scale, many of them do contain plenty of nutrients? Perhaps you don’t need to feel so guilty after all! Continue reading…


Launch your healthy career in 2014 with the IHS e-Learning Certificate in Dietary Counselling

  • Then fast track onto year 2 of our industry leading Diplomas in Diet, Health & Wellness Coaching or Nutritional Therapy* in September 2014 if you would like to carry on training
  • Enrol before 31st January for only €1995 and attend an IHS cooking demonstration for free!
  • Ideal as both an add-on qualification for current healthcare professionals or for those looking to start a new career in this rapidly growing field

During the course you are taught how to analyse a client’s individual dietary needs and how to use food, supplements and lifestyle advice to help them achieve optimum health and counteract the health problems associated with modern living. Continue reading…


Upcoming IHS CPD Courses

IHS offer a number of certificate courses that are ideal for healthcare practitioners to continue their education and professional development. Our courses are suitable for all healthcare professionals wishing to advance their clinical skills or knowledge of nutrition or coaching or adding a nutrition or coaching dimension to their practitioner skills. Please contact the office on 076 603 0746 or info@instituteofhealthsciences.com for further details. Continue reading…