Founded by Catherine Prichard, who has had a lifelong interest in the environmental and nutritional causes of disease, the Centre for Less Conventional Medicine was conceived during a year-long sabbatical from her complementary health practice to support her husband after he received a terminal lung cancer diagnosis.
Initially trained as a Microbiologist at London University, and after a spell as an information scientist for a biotechnology company, Catherine spent several years in a high-powered corporate environment before succumbing to “Yuppie’Flu”.
For more than 10 years, Catherine has managed her ME using a combination of conventional, nutritional and alternative therapies, whilst gaining qualifications in Counselling, Food Intolerance Testing, Nutritional Deficiency Determination and PolarityTherapy.
Her passion to communicate that there are multiple factors contributing to a diseases progression, and there are numerous approaches to managing its outcome have caused her to design and deliver lectures and courses for both the public and private sector. She trained with the Mind Gym to deliver their workouts to change the way people think and behave in a corporate environment. She is a volunteer tutor on the Expert Patient Programme, a Chronic Diseases Self-Management Course. She has recently become a parent/carer member on the Medicines for Children Research Network on the Allergy, Immunity and Infection Clinical Studies Group.
When Catherine resumed work, she wanted to empower her clients to take back some responsibility for their health. Transferring skills she used to help her husband negotiate the minefield of integrating conventional and alternative medicine during his illness, her work has shifted from that of therapist to one of Health Consultant and Patient Advocate. She now assists her clients to find the best route to health after an injury, surgery or a diagnosis of a chronic or degenerative disease.