Leisa Ravenscroft – Bio
Leisa Ravenscroft, naturopath, health and healing mentor and raw food coach, is the founder and director of Embracing Health, a business dedicated to bringing you health information that can change your life.
Leisa knew from a very young age that her future was going to be in the healing profession, and her journey exploring the field of natural medicine in all its facets began in earnest as a teenager.
With personal excellence in all areas the ultimate goal (health, personal development, relationships and financial); a search began that encompassed learning in a variety of modalities and developed into a passion.
Diet and nutrition, physical fitness, emotional release work, hands-on healing, meditation, self-development, and metaphysics training ultimately lead Leisa to qualifications in naturopathy, herbal medicine, homoeopathy, electrotherapy and massage.
She achieved outstanding grades throughout her education and was awarded Student of the Year for earning the highest academic results among her peers. With a voracious appetite for reading and learning, the search continues as Leisa looks deeper into the healing process at not just a physical level, but at an emotional and spiritual level, with special interest in the mind / body connection in healing.
Leisa also has a diploma in freelance journalism and has written for numerous health magazines. She writes a popular blog www.EmbracingHealthBlog.com and offers a membership club www.EmbracingHealth.com.au/members for people wanting more detailed information on health, where she writes a monthly magazine and produces regular audio lectures and interviews. Leisa is also in the process of writing a book which will be completed in late 2011.
Leisa spent several years coaching people through an intensive detoxification program as the naturopath at one of Australia’s leading health retreats, and from there went on to develop her own retreat program – the Embracing Life! Six Day Detox, Healing and Raw Food Retreat which she takes to different venues around Australia.
Leisa has also produced her own DVD entitled “The Emotional Aspects of Healing” – an hour and twenty minute lecture covering the mind / body connection in healing, where Leisa shares some of her own powerful story in overcoming trauma to lead a successful, healthy life.
Leisa is currently developing her public speaking career, lecturing regularly to doctors and naturopaths as a speaker for Healthscope Pathology, and is a guest speaker on health, nutrition and superfoods for Universal Wealth Events. www.EmbracingHealth.com.au/events
As a naturopath Leisa specialises in thyroid, adrenal and hormonal issues and will be developing a lecture series around these topics in the near future. She currently speaks at local chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia support groups.
Leisa’s goal is to empower and inspire people with knowledge to make change in their lives so that they can experience better physical, emotional and spiritual health.
She enjoys mentoring people through their health challenges by educating them about raw food, food as medicine and the emotional aspects of healing.
Leisa can be contacted by email on leisa at embracinghealth.com.au
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Dear Lisa, i read your article on fibromyalgia, and it was indeed interesting. I’m an Assoc Prof in Medical Microbiolgy with a very great passion for nutrition and healing. I was always interested in naturotherapy and nutrition but we dont have such courses here in Malaysia. I’ll be glad if you could guide me on furthering my knowledge in the field i really interested.
Good day and God bless!!!
Keep up the good work!!
Dear Dr. Haresh,
Thank you for your positive feedback and it is wonderful to see such a well qualified doctor such as yourself interested in natural healing.
Australia offers some very good courses in naturopathy, some of which you can do by correspondence – so would be suitable for you being situated in Malaysia.
You might try:
Best of luck with it,
I was reading through the book “Take Control of Your Health” where your name was mentioned. Elaine also mentioned that you may do a phone consultation.
I have been having terrible spasms, from just under the ribs to top of my stomach. It is getting to a stage now, nothing at all helps releive them. It’s effecting my life, like you wouldn’t believe.
I had a appointment with a local gp this morning, but was unable to attend, because I was unable to drive do these spasms. I am getting frantic at what to do…
I was wondering if maybe I can have a chat to you over the phone, re my symptoms, and you may be able to share some light on it. I have had ultra sounds and blood tests. Everything seems normal enough. I ‘m thinking my next step is to book myself into a hospital, which I have been avoiding to do…I don’t know what else to do.
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I was so excited to read in your blog about getting off of thyroid meds. I have been on Levothyroxin for years and have really been wanting to get off of it. It isn’t helping anyway. I have been overweight (50 lbs.) for about 10 years now and I just cannot lose the weight. I thought it might be my thyroid but even with the meds I can’t lose weight. Now I see that it probably is that I need to detox. My poor liver is probably full of fat from eating incorrectly all of my life. I would like to know what to do first. I have such a terrible sweet tooth. I love sweets and breads. I don’t know if I could fast. I would really like to try. I have a challenge also because my boyfriend is overweight and really likes to eat. That’s all he thinks about. Now he is trying to lose weight also. With him, all he has to do is cut down on calorie intake and he can lose. I’m not that lucky. I know I really need to do something different than he does. I probably don’t even eat 1200 calories per day and still can’t lose weight so I know it must be something different that I need to do. Thank you!
Losing weight is very difficult when you have a thyroid disorder, and it sounds like you have had one for quite a long time. The medication you are on is one that is quite useless for many people that are unable to convert that inactive product you are taking, to it’s active form. In most cases, Natural Thyroid Replacement or Armour has a much more positive effect on helping with hypothyroid symptoms than Levothyroxin. That would probably be one of the first steps – to change medications to the more natural one under the supervision of your doctor – then as the body starts to function better – you usually gain some energy and feel better – so it is easier to start eating well and exercising more. Cravings for sweets and carbohydrates are normally a symptom of low energy in the body – so I would say that this is likely to be related to your poorly managed thyroid condition. I suggest you read a couple of books on thyroid to get some more information – such as “The Great Thyroid Scandal” by Barry Durrant-Peatfield, and “The Thyroid Solution” by Ridha Arem. Once you get the thyroid problem managed, the metabolism will kick back in and eating well and losing weight will be much easier. Find a doctor that is familiar with this area and make sure you get the help you need.
Regarding Jeffrey Bland, he is a biochemistry master but sadly still regards disease from the medical model standpoint: that we must fight it with “therapies”. I recall discussing vaccinations with him in 1986 & he was strongly in favor of them because of his medical fear & superstition. He thought germs caused disease then & still does. When he realises that all disease is really a reparatory & remedial process, he will start to see that such diseases really don’t need much “treatment”, because they are the treatment. The human body doesn’t resist disease, it produces it! It doesn’t need resistance, the disease IS the resistance! As Herbert Shelton said ” most naturopaths today (with all their “cures & remedies”) don’t heal any more people than medical doctors, they just kill less!” Healing is & always will be a biological process from inside out. It cannot be done by any thing or person from outside. The modern naturopath needs to understand basic natural hygiene philosophy, which is never taught in today’s colleges, because there is no money in it. Sadly, that is the truth!
I appreciate your points, but I don’t think you can judge the work Dr Bland is doing now, from his stance in 1986!! He spoke at the congress about how much his views have changed over the years and from my observations, biochemist or not, he was promoting a very holistic viewpoint, which I found very encouraging. I definitely agree that there are many naturopath’s today practicing what I term “medicalised naturopathy” and I find this disturbing. People walk in with an illness, and walk out with a bottle of pills, which, even though they may be less harmful than drugs, are not actually addressing the root cause of disease, as you pointed out. However, being a naturopath who understands that there are many people who are not going to change their lifestyle and do what it takes to heal at the fundamental level, I see a place for natural medicine which can help a person to manage their symptoms in a less harmful way than with drrugs, although we may know that long term it is not the ultimate solution.
I was incredibly frustrated when I studied to become a naturopath, at the attention given to supplements and bottles of pills, rather than food, cleansing, lifestyle etc – luckily for me I had a passion for healing which had spanned many years prior to doing my study, which has held me in good stead, but it is worrying to see naturopath’s who just took what they learnt at college and set up a practice. There’s a lot more to healing than that!
I’ve decided to go back to school to study naturopathy. I’ve been looking at various courses, including the ones you’ve mentioned above, and am having some trouble determining exactly what qualifications are necessary to become a practicing naturopath. I’ve been considering the two-year advanced diploma with SEEK Learning. I live in Melbourne but must work full-time while I study, so distance education seemed like a good idea. I already have a degree in another field, so would like to study this one is as short amount of time as possible, which is why the two-year course appealed to me. Is this enough to become a practicing naturopath? Will my career prospects be solid after completing this qualification?
Great that you are interested in studying Naturopathy! It’s a fascinating field and one where you never stop learning. In my opinion the courses offered in Naturopathy in Australia are reasonably limited in their content – they do cover essential subjects – but they also leave out some of the more in-depth approaches to holistic healing and rely on teaching about bottles of supplements. That was my experience anyway. So if you are passionate about natural medicine, the course will give you a basis, but then it is up to you to continue researching and studying to broaden your knowledge on what really works. I did three years of study full time to obtain an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy which is the qualification that allows you to practise and obtain insurance etc.
The three years full time was a huge workload, and even though I only worked part-time, it was a massive undertaking. I don’t know how you could possibly to that course in two years while working full-time – actually I don’t think it is possible!
There are many fields that you can enter into as a naturopath – consulting, research, writing, product development, sales rep for nutrition company etc – so your career prospects are fairly broad – many go into self-employment and set up their own clinic – so the sky is the limit.
I wish you well with your studies!
Lots of Online Courses are available in Australia for students who do not have much time to give their best in studies with job. Some provides Naturopathy and food processing diplomas at reasonable prices.
just wanted to hear your input about what u may think is wrong…ok so my 1 friend has a 2 yr old he is currently in sick kids hospital in Toronto, ON and they still have not figured it out but his fathers heart is broken..he doesnt know what to do and the doctors still say they dont know. So i can tell you they first suspected Marfans Syndrome which i can see why he does have kinda longer limbs and his teeth grew kinda funny..his fathers says he has no energy hes very skinny, his rib cage and his spine u can see every bone, he gets fevers too and like i said zero energy and his limbs are very brittle..what do u think he needs to do NATURALLY??? or if it isnt this Mafans syndrome what could it be???
P.S. i know i didnt give u a lot of details to go by but i just thought i would give you a try and see.
I’m sorry, it is really difficult to say anything about what the little one’s condition might be without a full evaluation. Being in Canada, I don’t have any contacts there, but you may want to start asking at the local health food stores about integrated medical practioners or doctors who are able to look at a more natural approach in conjunction with what is being done medically. You might want to read this story and contact them – the people involved may have some contacts for you. http://www.embracinghealth.com.au/news/bobbyscancer.pdf
Hoping you can help with a serious issue that my dad has. The doctors have described his stomach, intestines and bowl as extremely slow and there is nothing they can do but give him extreme laxitives. This is apparently due to scar tissue he had cut out a year ago that squashed his insides severely.
The food just sits in his stomach and guts for days to weeks and he gets extreme pain and bloating. His pancreas also isnt in good shape, from pancreatitis when he was younger.
I want to know if the gut muscles can heal itself and start up again somehow. Ive made him quit gluten, dairy and eat mainly vegies and liquids. I am wanting him to go to a health retreat asap but he can be quite stubborn. He also has emotional issues from my mum passing 8 years ago. Please help, he is only 55 and in very bad shape.
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Hi Leisa, I have suffered from thyroid problems all my life, at 13 I had a cyst on my enlarged right thyroid and with treatment at the time, the cyst disappeared but other problems continued like ovarian cysts, abnormal hair growth on my chin and face and weight problems, now I am 51 years of age and the cyst may have returned. I am going to have an ultrasound this week to confirm what I have suspected. I would prefer to not use any of the drugs, but can you tell me if they would help or not? Thanks Lisa Vesander
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