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Welcome to our April newsletter! 
This month with have a training video on how to use Google Forms to create digital questionnaires to help make it easier for your clients to fill out. We also have an interesting article on dealing with infections in autoimmune conditions.
Also the Event of the year is approaching - NTOI Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Full day conference. It will be brilliant opportunities to learn more what is NTOI doing, what is coming up and active project. You will also meet many of the members and finally put face to a name! The dates are 7th & 8th of June - Book your place and save the dates. There is a members dinner on 7th after the AGM which you should not miss - trust us! It was so so SO much fun last year!!
The following day 8th of June there are fantastic speakers, sponsors and exhibitors. 
Few weeks left for early bird tickets. You can book yours HERE! :) 
Google Forms
In NT college, most NTs learn about using paper based questionnaires to get details from their clients. These work very well, but they can be very time consuming for the client to fill out, and tedious for the NT to analyse. What if there was a better way that would not break the bank?

Well, there is, and it's called Google Forms. If you already have a Google account (e.g. a Gmail address) then you already have access to it. You can use it to create unlimited questionnaires, and email a link to your clients to get them to fill them in. Then you can review the responses online, and save them into a spreadsheet for further analysis. Your clients don't even need a Google account themselves to be able to fill in your forms. They just need an email address so you can send them the link.

Here Billy Crosbie has put together a 50 minute video training in how to use Google Forms to create a questionnaire (based on the original IHS paper based questionnaire), how to send it out and then review the responses when they come in.

There are several different types of questions supported, based on the type of responses you want to get.

Click the link to view the video and start creating your own Google Forms questionnaires!
Autoimmunity and Infections

This article appeared on the website of Dr Josh Axe ( on 4th April 2019. It's an adapted excerpt from "Beat Autoimmune, The 6 Keys to Reverse Your Condition and Reclaim Your Health", by Palmer Kippola with foreword by Mark Hyman, MD (Kensington Books).

Palmer is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach who reversed her MS by removing her inflammatory root causes and healing her gut. She has created a framework for healing and preventing autoimmune conditions called F.I.G.H.T.S.™ which represent the root cause categories we can control: Food, Infections, Gut health, Hormone balance, Toxins and Stress. This excerpt focuses on one of the six keys: Infections.

Many experts believe that if you have an autoimmune condition, you almost certainly have an infection, too. Growing scientific evidence indicates that chronic infections from bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi are a big contributing factor in the development and exacerbation of autoimmune conditions.

Whether an infection precedes your autoimmune diagnosis or autoimmunity opens the doors to infections, any infection can make a bad situation worse, stressing an already overworked immune system and exacerbating or perpetuating autoimmune conditions.

The Event of The Year and Why to Not Miss It!
In our earliest years, we’re confident, friendly, and quick to celebrate the smallest moments in life. As children, we don’t care who we’re with or what we’re doing as long as we get to play. It’s only later in life that we, unfortunately, start to question that free way of life. The older we get, the more likely it is that people will tear us down, challenge our opinions, and make us feel small.

Our community is encouraging. Life trips up each and every one of us sometimes, and when that happens we need people to remind us of our true potential. We each have a gift that we’re meant to share and finding people to remind us of that makes life a little easier. 

A community should challenge you to become a better person. Whether you need a new outlook on life, a new skill or hobby, or a support team to help you rise from a dark place. Sometimes we need tough love and raw honesty to show us that the biggest obstacle in life might just be ourselves.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of a community is the opportunity for you to give back. The self-fulfillment you feel when you give more than you receive is priceless. Helping and supporting others feeds your soul in a way that nothing else can. A community gives you reasons to celebrate the small things in life and people to be thankful for. And we all know we can never have too much gratitude in our lives.

No matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert, no matter if you’re a business owner or a stay-at-home dad, no matter if you live in a large city or a small town, you’ll appreciate the benefits of a community (or two) in your life. Those like-minded people can be an amazing gift you didn’t even know you were missing.

It’s at those moments that we need a community of people more than ever. Be part of your community and come to this years NTOI AGM. Find more HERE
Running a Successful Group Nutrition Program
Coaching clients one-on-one is rewarding, but it is also a lot of work. You may find that you eventually hit a ceiling when you’re trading time for money. This is where group programs come in. Taking on multiple clients at once allows you to help more people, increase your impact, and boost your income without draining your energy. Create a group program, get sign ups and guide participants through it as a unit. No customization of resources necessary!

But just the thought of running a group program can be super overwhelming. What should the topic be? What lessons should you cover? How do you put together the materials for participants? And what are the best tech tools to use?

I’m here to tell you that running a group program can be a lot more simple than you think! I’ve boiled everything down into an easy-to-follow six-step process that you can follow to get a group nutrition program off the ground in no time. Let’s get to work!

Step #1: Outline the Details
Step #2: Start Building Your Email List
Step #3: Create the Program
Step #4: Market Your Program
Step #5: Run the Program
Step #6: Get Feedback, Upsell & Repeat

Before you launch your first group program, it’s important to invest some time into outlining the details. This will help you get clarity, and make the rest of the process much easier. So before you jump in, here are a few questions you need to answer:

Who is your ideal participant, and what problem will this program solve for them?
The topic of your group program needs to be targeted towards your ideal client, and an actual problem that they have. If your program does not solve a specific pain-point, then people will not feel compelled to sign up. For example, let’s say your niche market is millenial moms in the postnatal phase. You would want to create a group program that solves a problem they have, such as getting back on track with healthy eating after the arrival of a newborn.
New Arrivals

A final reminder that  the NTOI event is on April 13th with Antony Haynes and Gillian Crowther.

Don’t miss this important event covering a topic that we have not really visited before: Viruses, their impact on overall health and importantly how to test for them.

NTOI are bringing Antony Haynes to Dublin to present on the fascinating and often overlooked topic of Viruses and how they can impact our health.

 Gillian Crowther, Director of Research at the Academy of Nutritional Medicine will be co presenting at this event. The topic of Gillian's talk will be: Which Tests for which Virus. She will refer to the Armin Lab tests for bacterial and viral infections. These tests are performed in Germany at the laboratory of Dr Armin Schwarzbach who has specialised in tick-borne infection for over two decades. 


Date: Saturday 13th April 2019.

Time:  9.30 am - 5pm.

Venue: The Green Isle Hotel Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

Cost: €60 Early Bird has been extended!

6 CPD Points.


As we have experienced continuous tech issues with the booking link, please email [email protected] if you wish to attend and we will send you a PayPal link to pay.

Invitation to attend VAT action update presentation at the IHTA AGM.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin 9, Wednesday April 17th, 11.00am to 1.00pm

You may be aware of our recent STOPTHISVAT campaign which succeeded in putting sufficient pressure on the Minister for Finance and indeed the Chair of Revenue that resulted in the deferral of the implementation of eBrief 218/18 which would have seen the imposition of 23% Vat on all food supplements March 1st.

We now need to fully take on the challenge to dismantle current Revenue practice under eBrief 70/11 which Revenue have interpreted as providing the basis to apply 23% Vat on food supplements other than on VMS & fish oils. Our industry sector cannot afford to stand by and watch Revenue administrative practice completely undermine the integrity of the industry.

I’d like to invite the NTOI to send one or two representatives along to hear more on the VAT on food supplements topic and how our industry body is responding to this issue.  

If your business is affected by Revenue’s eBrief 70/11 as applying to current and past sales or if your business will be affected by eBrief 34/19 should the government fail to provide an acceptable legislative solution by November 1st, you should attend the IHTA VAT action update on the 17th of April.

·         Our speakers will be providing an update on our dealings with Revenue and will provide commentary on issues that require an industry rebuttal following the recent open letter from Niall Cody, Chair of Revenue to Minister Paschal Donohoe dated February 26th 2019.

·         Discussion will also include an analysis on our initiating the 1st stage of a Judicial Review against the Decision of the Revenue Commissioners to impose VAT on Food Supplements on the 1st of March. (eBrief 218/18). 

The Judicial Revenue seeks;
(i)         To have the decision quashed and 
(ii)        A declaration that foodstuffs with nutritional and physiological effects … (as defined in the EU Directive) are considered foods for VAT purposes.

·         Submission to the Dept. of Finance Tax Strategy Group and relevant Oireachtas Committee. Discussion will identify the key arguments the IHTA proposes to present.

·         The need to keep alive our consumer and local political lobbying.


·         Q&As from the floor.



And finally don’t forget to book your place at our AGM & Conference this year!

All details and booking link can be found here

Have Any Question?
Feel free to e-mail Liz on [email protected]
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