Certified Nutritional Practitioners (CNP) are graduates of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. To recieve a diploma graduates complete 19 courses at campuses throughout Canada, which also include a 100 hour co-op program. IHN's program is the most comprehensive, in deth, and intense in-class nutrition program offered in Canada. The courses range from metabolism to herbalism to pathology to biochemistry to principles of Ayruvedic nutrition.
The Canadian Association of Nutrition Professionals is a national assocation for the accredation of holistic nutritionists. They work to advance the field of holistic nutrition in both private and public sectors. CAHN-Pro establishes industry standards, conducts and disseminates nutrition research, and supports members through ongoing education and mentorship initiatives. All its members are required to continually upgrade and maintain professional insurance.
Registered Orthomolecular Heatlh Professionals and Registered Nutritional Consulting Professionals are designations given by the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC) to qualified healthcare professionals that specialize in maintaining or restoring biochemistry for optimal health. All professional memebers are required to hold liability insurance and upgrade their education annually.
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) is the certification for functional medicine practitioners who have successfully completed the post graduate Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program of study. The purpose of FDN is to help people investigate the underlying causes of health complaints to appropriately direct holistic therapeutic interventions. When data from relevant lab work is correctly interpreted, along with symptom markers, the areas that need healing are revealed at their root. Practitioners do not diagnose disease, but spot risk factors to help reverse risk early and naturally. Everything they do is science and evidence based.
Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (DMHMS) is the designation reserved for graduates of the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine. This non-profit College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO) accredited school offers the most comprehensive homeopathic education available in Ontario since 2001; a 4.5 year degree condensed into 3 years or 9 semesters, consisting of over 1000 hours of homeopathy and sciences, with a unique clinical internship. Their medical and health sciences courses are taught by medical doctors and PhD's and are more extensive than any other homeopathic school in Ontario, exceeding requirements for board certification. Graduates are qualified to become certified with the College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO) and the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) to practice in the USA. Ontario is the first province in Canada to insitutute Homeopathy as a Regulated Health Profession. OCHM was instrumental in bringing this about.
Not-For-Profit Management is a 1-2 year professional certificate from the University of Western Ontario that covers most of the aspects of non-profit operation, including governance, grant writing, fund-raising, event planning, best practices, volunteer management, public relations, and social enterprise.
The Bachelors of Human Justice is an undergrad degree from the School of Human Justice in the Univeristy of Regina, Saskatchewan (URegina). This program offers students the opportunity to explore justice related studies. Nonie's was an interdisciplinary program of study, focusing on social justice and community development issues.
Director Orthomolecular and Nutritional Services
Nonie served as the founding Director of Orthomolecular and Nutritional Services for the Canadian Health Recovery Centre in Peterborough, ON, where she developed Canada's first orthomolecular nutritional treatment program for holistic, in-patient, addiciton treatment. The Centre continues to offer integrative addiction treatment that can't be found anywhere else in Canada.
Nonie has been writing since grade school and is a health writer with a weekly column in the Newmarket/ Bradford Today online publications. She also has regular content in CAHN-Pro client newsletters and developed the nutrition notes for the award-winning Canadian cookbook, from Pemmican to Poutine.
Director, HOPE Health
Nonie runs a clinic, HOPE Health, from her home in Bradford, ON, where she offers holistic healthcare for mind and body, utilizing her HOPE Protocol.
My name is Nonie De Long (no nee) and I’m a licensed orthomolecular nutritionist, currently finishing a degree in homeopathy. I run a health clinic and apothecary out of Bradford, Ontario, just north of Toronto, where I offer science-based, holistic healthcare for body and mind. I have a special interest in holistic mental health care, and I help clients address their health problems from the roots.
I came to understand the value of nutrition when my only child became seriously ill and mainstream medical care failed us. By the tender age of 4 my son was extremely violent, paranoid, obsessive, tangential, and incapable of learning or self-regulation and by 7 was given his first mental health diagnosis. It was shattering.
He was unable to attend school or enjoy normal activities and prescribed pharmaceuticals not tested for use in children that only made him more ill. By 9 he was diagnosed schizophrenic - no bipolar - no defiant - no schizo-affective - no Asperger's. Diagnoses were given out like candy with no treatment plan except bottles of pills I was demonized for refusing as a first solution. When I insisted on practical behavioural treatments and supports as well, I was attacked by the Children's Aide Society. This, I came to understand, is not unique. Out of this struggle, however, I secured in-home supports unheard of in my community. But they were not enough to turn my son's condition around.
That's when I found the late Dr. Abram Hoffer and his orthomolecular psychiatry. I flew my son to see him. Within weeks it transformed my son - and our lives - and drew me in.
I have since devoted almost 15 years to the study of orthomolecular nutrition. To that I now add studies in herbalism, functional diagnostics, and soon, a degree in homeopathy.
I operate a clinical practice from Bradford, just north of the GTA, where I use these holistic interventions to help clients overcome complex mental and physical health issues. I offer both out and in-patient coaching. My intervention took kit includes:
lab work-ups, including serum and hair assessments as needed to help assess underlying causative factors for poor health
guided, professional supplementation for balancing
custom herbal teas and tinctures
classical homeopathy and custom remedies (under supervision of my college until licensed)
client specific dietary instruction, including meal plans and cooking classes, with close 1:1 support
Other projects I've undertaken include collaboration and co-authorship of an award-winning cookbook, creating the orthomolecular/ nutritional programming for Canada's first orthomolecular residential addiction treatment program (Canadian Health Recovery Centre), and writing for professional and local publications, such as the Ask The Nutritionist weekly column in the Bradford and Newmarket Today publications.
My son's sad experiences as a mental health consumer, coupled with prior university studies in community development and social justice issues, have given me a unique passion for the enduring systemic troubles associated with mental healthcare in Canada today. As a result, my vision has become creating a truly integrative and supportive mental health care system to facilitate not just better healthcare, but dignity and quality of life for those vulnerable people troubled by mental illness and brain injuries in our society.
I’m inspired by the growing presence of like-minded, holistic peers across the globe and the headway they are now making. Too, I’m excited by the number of physicians now with open minds about the role of integrative and preventative medicine in healthcare. Working together only stands to improve patient care and outcomes, and I’m eager to pioneer a new model of collaboration going forward.
If you are thinking of trying holistic / integrative healthcare for yourself or a loved one or you would be interested in adding my services to your medical practice to improve patient outcomes, I invite you to contact me. It would be my pleasure to take that journey with you. Namaste!