The Burghwood Clinic was founded by Dr John Mansfield
and originally opened its doors in May 1982, since when it has been involved
in both research and the practical applications of the rapidly evolving fields
of Allergy, Environmental and Nutritional medicine.
MB BS BSc MRCP (UK) PhD CMT
Dr Shideh Pouria is the Medical Director/ Registered Provider at The Burghwood Clinic.
She has worked in numerous clinical and academic posts within the NHS
since qualifying in 1991 and most recently she held a consultant post
in Renal Medicine at Guy’s Hospital. She has extensive experience in
general and specialist medicine as well as in medical research in the
field of immunology. It was through her PhD project in immunology
that she became interested in the role of environmental factors in
health and disease. She embarked on her training with the British
Society for Ecological Medicine in 2006 and then attended the Burghwood
Clinic where she jointly managed patients with Dr Mansfield until she
took over the clinic in January 2008. More recently she has been
certified by the International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology to
practice chelation therapy in patients where toxic metals have led to
the development of poor health or disease. She is dedicated to creating
a system of individualized holistic health care for her patients based
on sound scientific and clinical research and evidence.
Dr Michael Tettenborn (Paediatric Consultant)
MB ChB DCH DRCOG FRCPCH
Dr Michael Tettenborn is available for paediatric consultations every
Tuesday at The Burghwood Clinic.
He recently retired as a Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Director
for Paediatrics at Frimley Park Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal
College of Paediatrics and remains an Examiner for the College.
During his career he has developed a special interest in allergies and
intolerances. He has also acquired and maintained skills in the assessment
of Attention Deficit, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
As a result of these parallel interests he is able to assist with the diagnosis
of these conditions and provide advice on both conventional and possible nutritional
management of these conditions as well as other health problems in children. We have
a specialist chronic fatigue nurse who works closely with Dr Tettenborn. She has vast
experience in supporting children with chronic fatigue syndrome and autism spectrum
disorders, both at home and at school.
Dr Apelles Econs (Allergy Specialist)
Dr Apelles Econs studied Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London,
where he graduated in 1976. After working in a number of hospital posts, he entered
NHS general practice, where he spent 22 years as a principal, also operating as a
part-time allergy specialist since 1992. During this time, he found that simple
dietary changes and safe methods of desensitisation were both more clinically and
cost effective than medications used for common conditions such as fatigue, irritable
bowel, arthritis, eczema, asthma and many others. His main clinic is based in Weybridge,
Surrey, and he also offers consultation in Oxford and Keighley, West Yorkshire. He has
a wide ranging experience with management of dietary problems, the treatment of intestinal
parasites, the use of oral and intravenous nutrition, dealing with chemically sensitive
people and the use of all the modern methods of immunotherapy including the Enzyme
Potentiated method (EPD), the Low-dose method (LDI) and the more "conventional" sub-lingual
immunotherapy (SLIT). He has been a guest allergy specialist in some radio and TV programmes.
Dr Econs will be available for consultations initially on Wednesdays and alternate Mondays
and will be pleased to offer additional support, on other occasions, as needed.
Drs Pouria, Tettenborn and Econs are recognised for private fee reimbursement
by a number of health insurance companies, including BUPA, Standard Life, Cigna, PruHealth,
WPA, BCWA, Aviva Health, Groupama, SimplyHealth and HSA. Although we are a private
clinic, we are also able to see patients under the National Health Service who are specifically
referred to us via a Health Authority under an Extra Contractual Referral.
Dr John Mansfield gained his medical degree at
Guy's Hospital, London, and has worked in both the UK and the USA. He
has been working in this subject since 1976 when he was one of the
three original British pioneers. In 1978 he was a founder member of the
British Society for Allergy and Environmental Medicine and became
President of that society from 1992 - 1995.
In 1986 his book 'The Migraine Revolution'
was published. This was available for about ten years and was
printed in four other languages, but is currently out of print.
In October 1997 'The Asthma Epidemic'
by Dr Mansfield was published, and is available from the clinic
In 1986 we completed two separate clinical trials in
conjunction with the Department of Rheumatology at Epsom District
Hospital. In these studies the relationship of food sensitivity to
classical rheumatoid arthritis was explored. The results of the second
trial were published in the Lancet on the 1st February 1986 entitled 'Placebo
Controlled Blind Study of Dietary Manipulation Therapy in Rheumatoid
study showed that 33 out of 44 patients with rheumatoid arthritis
improved dramatically with the simple expedient of an elimination diet.
In December 1998 we had a study published in the Journal of Nutritional
and Environmental Medicine entitled 'Treatment of Equine
Allergic Diseases with Allergy Neutralization - A Field Study'.
This was the first major study anywhere in the world of neutralization
in an animal model, useful as it is difficult to imagine a placebo
response in a horse. It showed very major improvements, often a
complete recovery, in 92% of 13 horses with urticaria and 87% of 23
horses with COPD (equine asthma).