Frequently Asked Questions
What is nutritional therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is an alternative holistic approach to addressing your health concerns using your own body’s innate intelligence to bring balance back to itself. It promotes the benefits of good, wholesome, unprocessed foods for optimal well being, as well as the therapeutic effects of particular foods for specific health conditions.
Nutritional Therapy treats the body as a whole while seeking the root source of health concerns, rather than simply treating the symptoms. It works on the basis that we are each individual in our make-up and therefore, ‘one size fits all’ models of eating (often based on outdated or biased research) simply don’t work well for a lot of people.
Can nutritional therapy help me?
Nutritional Therapy is suitable for everyone, young and old, for those who would like to alleviate specific symptoms, as well as those who would just like to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Each person has their own specific bio-individual needs. In a nutshell, Nutritional Therapy helps you to identify the foods that make you look and feel your best.
What health concerns do you address?
• Digestive Problems (constipation, diarrhea, bloating, IBS, reflux/GERD, food allergies/intolerances, diverticulitis)
• Hormonal Imbalances/Women’s Health (infertility, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, menopause symptoms)
• Weight problems (weight gain/inability to lose weight, sugar cravings, blood sugar imbalances, diabetes, insulin resistance, pre-operative weight loss)
• Mental Health & General Wellbeing (depression, anxiety, fatigue, difficulty concentrating)
• Cardiovascular Health (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome)
• Autoimmune conditions (fibromyalgia, thyroid disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc)
• Skin Conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea)
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What can I expect before the first visit?
Before the initial visit, I will ask you to fill out an online nutritional assessment questionnaire, complete a 3-4 day food and mood journal, and provide a brief health history. These should only take an hour or two of your time. Ideally, you will complete this information prior to the appointment and return it to me so that the initial visit can focus on your health concerns and assessment.
What is the functional evaluation?
This is a hands on, non-invasive evaluation to further identify areas of nutritional strength and weakness. Examples of some of the tests include a pulse test to determine overall allergic tension, a zinc status test, oral ph to help assess fatty acid deficiencies, a postural hypertension test to determine adrenal health, and a tissue mineral test to determine mineral status. I will also apply pressure to various points and reflexes on the body and ask for a tenderness rating to get a more complete picture of your priority health areas. This set of tests only requires that you relax on a massage table fully clothed while I apply pressure to these points for assessment purposes only.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Please wear button/zip-free athletic wear or sweat pants with comfortable, non-bulky tops. It is better to wear thinner layers as opposed to one thick piece of clothing. Please also ensure you do not eat or drink anything (other than water) within at least 30 minutes of your appointment. It is also a good idea to bring any current supplements you may be taking along with you.
Do I need to take supplements?
I believe that you cannot "out-supplement" real food. My goal is to offer you a plan that incorporates properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole foods. However, I do work with a trusted, high quality, FDA approved supplement line from Biotics Research Corporation for clients who want to boost their healing potential. This product line is only available through healthcare providers due to their high potency and rigorous testing. Supplements are sometimes used temporarily and sometimes ongoing, depending on the needs and desires of each individual client. We give clients the information and power to make educated decisions about their health care and will never insist that supplements need to be used.
What is Lingual Neural Testing?
The second phase of the functional evaluation uses LNT to determine which nutrients, foods or herbs will most quickly address the health imbalances. A tenderness rating is given for a particular point, and the client then puts a food or supplement in his/her mouth and the point is retested. The goal is to determine if the supplement or food helped, made things worse, or was neutral. This is a neurological feedback loop originally identified in medical school anatomy books that relies on the body’s innate intelligence to prioritize supplements and foods most appropriate to healing.