The journey which led me to the foundation of Nutritious Minds has been a long one. Challenging and empowering, life-changing and life-affirming, it has made me realise how difficult it is for ordinary people to find understanding and support when dealing with conditions such as ADHD and Dyslexia.
I’ve described that journey in this real life story – one that took me from estate agency to academia and beyond. Now, reaping the benefits of experience and expertise, my mission is to give disadvantaged families the understanding and support they need.
My credibility as founder of this Trust rests on my various professional achievements and my status as a a Registered Nutritionist. You can find out lots more about my work, published papers and areas of expertise on my website Dr Rachel V. Gow.
But above and beyond the qualifications, I’m also a single mother to two wonderful children. They inspire and amaze me, and bring great joy, purpose and meaning into my life. And, if you followed that real life story link above, you’ll also see that the challenges faced by my son, diagnosed with ADHD at the age of nine, were there at the very beginning of my journey.
My Credentials – Scientist and Nutritionist
Between 2012 and 2016, I worked as a Guest Researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, United States. During this role, I co-designed and managed the worlds first clinical trial testing the role of omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids in reward-related processes using neuroimaging techniques in adults with ADHD. The results are currently being prepared for publication.
I am a Fellow of the Institute of Food, Brain and Behaviour, and an active member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids (ISSFAL). In addition, I am a Trustee for Professor Michael Crawford’s The Mother and Child Foundation, and work with other charities such as Food and Behaviour (FAB) Research.
I have worked as an adviser on the BBC TV show Trust Me, I’m a Doctor. I have previously given interviews for GMTV, Sky News and BBC radio on the subject of ADHD. I have also provided behind-the-scenes consultancy to Betty TV during an episode of the Food Hospital on Channel 4, London.
My new book on Smart Foods to Optimise Brain-Function is due to be published in 2020. Watch this space!