What exactly is nutrition therapy?
Lack of vitamins and minerals causes many ills! Increasing scientific research in the field of nutrition clearly demonstrates relationships between particular diseases and illnesses and the therapeutic and curative effects of foods. There is evidence nutritional therapy was used as early as 1500 B.C. during ancient Greece. Until the 20th century, most nutritional therapies were
administered based on simple observation. Hence in the 18th century it was discovered that fresh fruits and vegetables cured scurvy. It wasn't until the 20th century that Vitamin C complex was identified as the scurvy curing agent.
Today, many of our common degenerative diseases are either linked to the lack of certain nutrients in our diet (vitamins, minerals etc) or to the intake of chemically altered foods. Nutritional therapy is emerging as the best alternative to medications and more invasive medical procedures. Nutritional therapy focuses on restoring and improving the functions of our body by providing key nutrients in specific amounts. Organic whole food supplements (as close to nature as possible) are the new frontier. Ironically, the origin of organic whole food supplements dates back to 1929. Dr. Royal Lee, the founder of Standard Process was ahead of his time by half a century.
Is taking vitamins all I need to do?
This concept is fundamentally flawed as we draw comparisons to the intake of medications. Americans have been conditioned to neglect proper nutrition and to take medications (magic bullets) to cure their ailments. This approach has taken a toll on Americans given the current catastrophic health statistics. However, this magic bullet concept is increasingly permeating the vitamin industry. Patients are looking for fixes and cures using vitamins just like they do using medications. Instead of improving their diet and lifestyle, they shop for "natural" quick fixes. Recent studies in the nutritional field clearly demonstrate that natural quick fixes don't work any better than medications. As a matter of fact, there is increasing scientific evidence linking potential adverse effects taking high doses of synthetic vitamins similar to what has been observed with medications. In order to achieve the best possible results, we recommend a healthy organic diet and organic whole food supplements tailored to each individual's needs.
What will my Nutrition Consultant do?
Patients seek the help of a Nutrition Consultant for the following reasons: weight-loss, more energy, hormonal problems, digestion problems, cholesterol and blood pressure problems etc.
Some patients are afraid of the side effects of certain medications and want to know if there are safe, natural, alternatives with these health problems. A Nutrition Consultant (NC) can offer them some hope and guidance. A NC can design a personalized nutritional program that is tailored to the patient's specific health needs. At our office we use two assessment/test methods to evaluate the nutritional status of the patient: first they take the symptoms survey. A computerized software program reveals the two main areas of concern the patient may have. Secondly we perform an EDS test which is based on the body's acupuncture meridian system. It reveals how the organs and systems in the body are functioning; are they stressed, weakened or balanced? After gathering all this information and a thorough health history we then make nutritional recommendations.
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