JAN DE VRIES - (1937-2015)
Jan de Vries was born in Holland in 1937 and grew up during the Second World War. It was these difficult years of his childhood that instilled in him a strong desire to dedicate his life to helping other people. He graduated in the field of pharmacy in 1958 and two years later together with the famous Swiss naturopath, Alfred Vogel, started the very first naturopathic clinic in Holland.
Jan’s desire to study and learn more about his field led him to travel to many parts of the world. During these travels he came in contact with many practitioners of complementary and traditional medicines. Jan truly became an expert in his field and this enabled him to help the many people who sought his care and advice.
In 1971, Jan moved his family to the UK to set up a clinic in Troon, Ayrshire. The clinic flourished and he soon had to move to larger premises, Auchenkyle, where he continued his work. Jan opened a number of other clinics as well as health food stores across Britain and Ireland, all of which he visited regularly to consult with patients.
Throughout his life Jan put a great deal of work into several projects which brought alternative and orthodox medicine together. He believed that a combination of these two, known as ‘complementary medicine’, was the correct approach for many people suffering ill health.
He was a man who loved to share his knowledge and teach others, and was in constant demand as a popular and insightful lecturer. He was full of love, passion and an unrelenting need to help others. There are many whose lives were enhanced by his positive and uplifting spirit.
Jan’s love for helping others to improve their health and well-being will continue through the carefully chosen practitioners and staff in his shops and affiliated clinics; his legacy will live on in all that he taught and wrote.
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