Registered Nutritionist, Nurse, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist. educating and empowering people to have a healthier, happier lifestyle. Certified Professional Supervisor.
Sharon Erdrich (MHSc) is one of New Zealand's leading natural healthcare professionals. With over 30 years experience, she offers health and nutritional expertise to students of nutrition & naturopathy, health professionals, and to private clients. She runs a unique, cutting edge digestive diagnostic service in Auckland, offering hope for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive disorders.
Sharon is a New Zealand registered nurse, registered naturopath, registered nutritionist & medical herbalist. She has a Master of Health Science, specialising in nutrition. Her thesis was a dietary study, investigating the role of nutrition in men with prostate cancer, from which two papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals:
1. An Investigation into the Association between DNA Damage and Dietary Fatty Acid in Men with Prostate Cancer
2. A pilot study to investigate if New Zealand men with prostate cancer benefit from a Mediterranean-style diet
She also developed a collection of recipes for promoting dietary change for men with prostate cancer, which is available as a free resource from the University of Auckland's website.
In addition to her busy natural health clinic in Mt Albert, she is a lead tutor at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in Auckland, where she teaches in both the Bachelor of Naturopathic & Herbal Medicine and the Diploma of Nutrition.
With an abundance of naturopathic and nutritional knowledge, accumulated over the years of working in both alternative and conventional medical systems and an enquiring mind, Sharon is able to support people with an extremely wide range of health conditions including gut imbalances, stress, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, problems associated with mood and sleep, as well as weight management - particularly for the benefit in preventing diabetes and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and much more.
How Sharon works
Sharon uses a personalised approach to your health concern. Her preferred modes of working with clients to support the return to good health, and the maintenance thereof, are Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Therapy. Where necessary, she may recommend advanced pathology testing to identify abnormal function and imbalance and give direction to your treatment including functional nutritional screening, hydrogen-methane breath testing, salivary/urinary hormones, Allergy , Mineral and/or Toxin testing - these are examples of Functional Testing, which provide the backing of science in addressing your health challenges. These tests can aid in establishing underlying imbalances and thus enable more accurate targeting of appropriate therapies for each individual.
Sharon's journey into natural medicine began in 1979, when as a student nurse she realised that sick people, treated with conventional medicine, didn't really get better. They just got well enough to function, or be discharged from hospital - until the next health crisis. A driving desire to help people correct the underlying causes of their ill-health fueled her quest for an in-depth understanding of many aspects of natural health care.
Her career as a Registered Nurse was very broad - gaining experience in Cardiology, Intensive Care, Paediatrics, Oncology, District Nursing, General Practice, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Medicine and Surgery. Together, this has given her a diverse and deep understanding of a large range of health challenges that people face. Sharon has held nursing positions in Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom as well as in New Zealand, where she also held a position teaching on the Bachelor of Nursing. In an interval between health-orientated pursuits, Sharon studied with the RNZHS - achieving papers (with distinction) in the National Diploma in Horticulture, testimony to her love of plants.
Sharon is an accomplished presenter with a number of public speaking engagements and is an experience lecturer. She has taught at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in Auckland since 2003, inspiring students in a range of topics and taught on the Bachelor of Nursing at Unitec for 3 years. In 2009 the New Zealand College of Massage engaged her to develop and deliver courses for the Bachelor of Health Studies program.
Rich Earth is her own range of carefully selected organic and wild Essential Oils and hand-made natural skin care products.
Professional memberships include: NZ Association of Medical Herbalists, the NZ Society of Naturopaths, of which she is the vice-president, the NZ Register of Holistic Aromatherapists, Registered Nutritionist with Nutrition Society of NZ. She also maintains a current nursing practising certificate.
Public engagements have included:
2015: Guest speaker, NZ Society of Naturopaths
2014: Poster presentation NZ Society for Oncology Conference
2010: National Hepatitis Conference in Whakatane: "Complementary Therapies for Hepatitis C"
2009: NZ AIMA Conference Auckland: "The Metabolic Syndrome"
2008: NZ Register of Aromatherapists Annual Conference 2008, "Stress & Aromatherapy",
2009: (Sept) Breakfast TV, discussing The Science of Smell.
2008: Invited speaker at The Gluten Free Food & Allergy Expo - " The implications of food allergies for long-term health "
2008: Nutrition advisor to the TV Program "What's Really in our Food"
Sharon loves researching and writing about health. Two publications ensuing from her thesis are available in peer-reviewed journals:
Other articles available include: