What is Nutrition Science?

Nutrition is the emerging science of understanding how food can be used to impact health. Basically, nutritionists are people who are deluded enough to think that what you put in your mouth day in and day out actually impacts your health - possibly more profoundly than any other single variable.

 

How does it differ from dietetics? Nutrition developed as a discipline outside of the 'medical establishment' so it is able to critique the dietary advice that is perpetuated by that establishment. Dieticians rely on Canada's Food Guide and work closely with physicians to support pharmaceutical interventions. Nutritionists believe Canada's Food Guide is deeply flawed and that pharmaceutical interventions may be necessary, but are overused and are not an optimal first-line treatment in many cases. They believe strategic dietary changes could often address the underlying problems effectively. 

What is Orthomolecular Nutrition?

Orthomolecular refers to the science of understanding how specific nutrients can be used strategically to impact health. Literally, orthomolecular means finding the right amount (ortho) of the right molecule (molecular) to create therapeutic benefit. It involves identifying nutrient imbalances and associated pathology, assessing organ competency, determining the right nutrient(s) for correction, knowing the efficacy of various formulations of those nutrients, understanding associated contraindications, and putting this all together for best therapeutic effect. Orthomolecular medicine was begun in the 1950's, by the late Dr. Abram Hoffer who was a psychiatrist and biochemist charged with improving outcomes in the schizophrenic population of Saskatoon's hospital at the time. He discovered the patients had higher than normal markers for oxidative stress. He then treated that with antioxidants intravenously to great success. He published prolifically and went on to perform the first ever clinical trials in psychiatry and founded the Society for O.M. and Journal of O.M. He helped me treat my son.

What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition?

Functional nutrition refers to the idea that when something isn't functioning right it is indicative of pathology and it isn't optimal for the client to wait until there is a diagnosis of disease to start to correct that problem. It includes:

  1. a complete health history and a therapeutic relationship between practitioner and client

  2. lab tests and preventative treatment, as indicated, to identify risk factors for disease and imbalances 

  3. assessment and guidance pertaining to nutrition, environmental toxins, hormones, gut health, brain health, and blood chemistry

  4. client education to better manage their own healthcare

  5. a client centred treatment plan, with referral to other integrative professionals, as needed

It's a very empowering approach to healthcare that aims to bring nutritional and other holistic therapies to the forefront of treatment in an evidence-based manner. I believe it's the new direction of Orthomolecular medicine.

What is Herbalism?

  • Herbal Aide

  • Numen: the Healing Power of Plants

  • The Sacred Science

Herbal medicine is the study and use of herbs medicinally. It's the oldest known system of medicine (predates written history) and is still practiced by over 80% of the global population. Many pharmaceuticals are derived from the active ingredients of plants (ie: aspirin, morphine, penicillin). The medicinal value of plants and fungi cannot be disputed and are still being discovered today. When used pharmaceutically, the active components are isolated and concentrated and the action is much more aggressive and specific, but when taken as a herbal preparation (pills, teas, salves, decoctions, tinctures, rubs, poultices, suppositories, sprays, and more), the medicinal action is powerful, yet gentle, so the chance of unwanted side effects and dependency is significantly decreased. You may have heard of cayenne pepper cream for muscle aches and pains or chamomile or valerian tea for sleep. These are examples of herbal medicines still used today. Many of the symptoms we turn to pharmaceutical drugs to treat can be treated more gently and safely with herbs. 

What is Homeopathy?

  • Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine

  • deeper explanation

  • Just One Drop

  • Magic Pills

Homeopathy is a complete medical system, with its own highly diluted remedies as 'medicines'. It's founded on the principle of like curing like. This idea is difficult for us to understand, but it was well understood by ancient medical philosophers. The next time you burn your finger, run it under HOT, not cold water. The burn will stop shortly. This is an example of this principle in action. (Vaccines are founded on a similar principle, that same cures same, if you want a well known modern analogy.) The basic premise of homeopathy is to amplify, not thwart, the body's natural expression of dis-ease (symptoms). When you amplify the symptoms, the body is able to "see" them as pathological and correct the imbalance at the core. Homeopathy therefore utilizes the body's innate balancing system to correct itself: the medicines stimulate the vital force within each of us to overcome pathology, rather than suppressing the pathology from being expressed. I think it's hard for us today to accept the healing capacity of the body because we are prejudiced to believe this is magical thinking.

with Nonie

...you get a practitioner who uses all of these modalities, when they are applicable to your personal situation. This is rare. Typically you will find several practitioners in the same practice with different modalities, but then you are paying separately for each, hoping they are collaborative and not competitive, and hoping they refer you as needed, when it may mean they could lose your business to better place you in the hands of another professional. You avoid all of this by finding a practitioner who practices multiple modalities and is able to use each strategically when it would most benefit you.

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My teen son was suicidal. Nonie was the only person who cured Ryan! Nonie told me he needed regular protein and specific supplements in quantities she recommended. Within 6 weeks he was totally well again! A year later he is still fine. I am so grateful. (Read full review)

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