Dr Jenny Goodman

Dr Jenny Goodman qualified at Leeds University Medical School in 1982, and worked as a junior doctor in General Medicine, Surgery and A&E.  Profoundly disillusioned with conventional medicine’s inability to actually heal sick people, and its failure to enquire about the causes of illness or to do preventive healthcare, she left.  She then lectured extensively, both on medical sciences to practitioners of alternative medicine, and on topics such as women’s health and the politics of health to the general public in adult education classes. She also did a Master’s degree in psychotherapy and counselling, and worked as a therapist at the Hammersmith Hospital, thinking her days as a medic were finally over.

However: in the 1990s she was lucky enough to discover what is now the British Society for Ecological Medicine, a group of doctors and other practitioners who practise nutritional and environmental medicine. (It was then called the BSAENM, British Society for Allergy, Environmental and Nutritional Medicine). They were asking the same questions that had gone unanswered for her throughout medical school. And they were finding answers, helping their patients to dramatically better health through changes in diet, nutrition and detoxification.

Jenny trained with the BSEM’s post-grad course, and qualified in Ecological Medicine, learning in depth about the nutritional and environmental factors that affect our physical and mental health, and passing this information on to patients. She has been practising Ecological Medicine for 22 years now, with a special interest in fertility, pre-conception care and working with children. For 10 years she ran a case-discussion group, where medical and naturopathic/nutritional practitioners share knowledge and clinical experience. She is the author of “Staying Alive in Toxic Times: A Seasonal Guide to Lifelong Health”, published in Jan 2020 by the Yellow Kite imprint of Hodder & Stoughton.

Dr Goodman will give a talk titled ‘Health and Longevity: Let’s start at the very Beginning’.

If we want people to have long and healthy lives, we need to start from scratch. This includes enabling parents to become really well-nourished and detoxed before they conceive, to have all the knowledge in place to support a safe and natural birth and long-term breastfeeding, and learning how to feed kids healthy food that they will really enjoy. The talk will cover:

  • Pre-Conception Care and happy birth and breastfeeding. Avoiding antibiotics etc!
  • Teaching kids to cook, and to grow veg even if you haven’t got a garden, from an early age.
  • Empowering parents to feel that eating and living healthily are perfectly possible – and enjoyable – on a permanent basis.


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