Patrick Holford is a leading spokesperson on nutrition and health and has been a pioneer in the development of nutritional therapy. He is the author of over 30 books, translated into over 20 languages, selling several million copies worldwide.
Patrick started his academic career in the field of psychology. He then became a student of two of the leading pioneers in orthomolecular medicine and psychiatry – the late Dr Car Pfeiffer and Dr Abram Hoffer.
Optimum Nutrition and ION
In 1984 he founded the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION). ION has been researching and helping to define what it means to be optimally nourished for over 30 years and is one of the most respected educational establishments for training nutritional therapists. Patrick was one of the first promoters of the importance of zinc, antioxidants, essential fats, low-GL diets and homocysteine-lowering B vitamins and their importance in mental health and Alzheimer’s disease prevention.
Clinic and Non-Clinic Career
Patrick was a practising nutritionist for many years practicing in London, but is now retired. In the 1990’s he was approached to design a range of supplements in South Africa. He jumped at the chance to create formulas that make the building blocks of everything you need to help people get back to health or maintain health. They took off in South Africa and he went on to develop his own range in the UK. Rather than basing them on the ineffective RDA requirements he developed them in line with his optimum nutrition philosophy. He also helped a number of other companies develop better products.
The GL Diet and Nutrition for the Mind
Patrick is a proponent of the GL Diet – the key, he believes, to good health in terms of diet, and the healthiest diet to use for weight loss. He has written a range of GL Diet nutrition and cookery books. He also founded the Food for the Brain Foundation which specialises in helping those with mental issues and has written a range of books about nutrition for the mind.
Nutrition and Health Education
A gifted speaker, Patrick has become an all-round ambassador for natural health and wellbeing, making the science of nutrition accessible to everyone. He challenges the perception of what it means to be healthy in the West and offers an alternative definition which taking into account research into the causes of many of the serious diseases society struggles with today. He speaks at events nationwide and internationally, in the hope that the knowledge he has amassed will help individuals to take control and lead healthier lives.