Dr Emma Sandford | Practitioner of Natural Ophthalmology
MBChB 1992 (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery U.K.)
FRCOphth 1998 (Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists U.K.)
Emma did her medical and junior specialist training in the U.K. She came to New Zealand nearly two decades ago now with her Kiwi husband, Jason. They bought a lifestyle block, built a house or two, started a business and have been home schooling their two children from the moment they were born. The farmlet bears fruit, veges, honey, meat and eggs and Jason and Emma are aiming for a more sustainable and self sufficient living.
Emma has gained insights through the “Nourishing Traditions” way of understanding, preparing and eating food and has integrated a great deal of this wisdom into her practice. Emma is of the firm belief that Hippocrates knew what he was talking about when he said “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine by thy food”. She continues to learn in this arena and substantially uses dietary advice to affect patient health.
She realised that there was a need within the field to add these elements to the already large body of modern biomedical knowledge and expertise. Patients responded eagerly to the prospect of being able to affect their own disease course and to do whatever they could to maximise their general and ocular health. She was invited to speak at a Retina NZ meeting and subsequently was asked to write a series of articles for their magazine.
Emma has embarked upon a degree course in Natural Medicine which she will complete in 2020, to gain knowledge and insight into both ancient Western and Eastern health knowledge and healing wisdom. The course has a sound scientific base which marries well with Emma's existing knowledge and understanding, but it also contains a great deal of tradition, including Rongoa Maori, and wise woman traditional understanding. The view that “art is long and life is short”, “Ars longa, vita brevis” is the Motto of Sheffield Medical School, where Emma first entered the halls of medicine.
There is a lifetime of learning and knowledge and wisdom to attain and Emma is ready to share what she has learned.