Sean Allison has more than 10 years experience within the health and wellness industry. Sean has combined his extensive science background and ongoing post-graduate training in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine to bring a modern, evidence-based approach to his practice. You can find Sean most at home in his clinic, Bodyweb, in Sydney.
Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…
My immersion in Chinese culture and medicine began 13 years ago when I started training in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. I had used Chinese medicine on and off before that though and continued to do so over the years for health problems that conventional medicine could not help me with. These experiences revealed to me that there is much more to health and disease than what we are often taught. I made the decision to leave my established career in Environmental Science and study Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine. And I never looked back!
What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?
Get out there and meet and learn from experienced practitioners. In the old days in China, one would study and practice under a master. So in modern times, it’s important to find mentors and more experienced practitioners to guide you. Most of all, practice, practice, practice and never give up. Perseverance in any discipline is the key. Building networks and relationships with other health professionals is also essential.
How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?
Lately (with all the heat!) I’ve been heading down to the beach for a late afternoon swim. I am enjoying trying new things at the moment and have been doing a salsa beginners course. Let’s just say my steps need some work!
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Practising a form of medicine that has so much to offer but is often overlooked because it’s not yet mainstream in Australia can be a challenge. I think this is changing for the better and will continue to do so as the evidence for acupuncture becomes more universally accepted. Until then, it’s hard for some people to believe that acupuncture and herbal medicine is not pseudo-science. All I ask is for people to read the overwhelming evidence presented in quality clinical studies and supported by organisations including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
Tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…
Observant, caring, committed, passionate and calm.
What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
The opportunity to understand human health and treat disease using a system of medicine that has been validated and refined over thousands of years. There is something very satisfying when you can offer help to people who have exhausted all their other options and find real and sustained relief with what you have to offer.
Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?
I know from my clinical and life experience that everything is about balance. There is way too much sugar in the modern diet, which is tipping our bodies out of balance. Every day I am witnessing the effect this is having on us, usually without us even being aware of it. I Quit Sugar is about promoting awareness and understanding, factors I feel are very important when it comes to addressing the issue of excess sugar in our diet.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?
The whole team coming for dinner!? I’m feeling the pressure! I love South-East Asian cuisine so I would probably make a fish or chicken curry with a whole lot of delicious herbs and spices like chilli, ginger, garlic, lemongrass and coriander.
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