Clinical Nutrition

Core Nutritional Concepts

Clinical nutrition is the cornerstone of Naturopathic Medicine. In re-establishing health, there are three primary areas of nutrition that I focus on: deficiency, intolerance, and mal-digestion.

Nutritional deficiency

The vast majority of Americans are not receiving adequate nutrition, and many are suffering from symptoms of this malnutrition. By reviewing a person's entire health history, dietary habits, and by looking at their skin, mouth, hair, nails, and so on, deficiencies are revealed. I then teach people how to reverse the problem using food and supplements. Usually no blood test is necessary for this type of evaluation.

Food intolerance

Perfectly benign, even "healthy" foods can sometimes create illness. This happens when a person has a food intolerance (often called a "hidden food allergy"). I use empirical, scientifically based methods to identify which foods are causing the problems and I then teach people how to avoid these foods. As a result people feel much better.


Excellent nutrition is not only a matter of eating well, it also involves digesting properly. If our digestive system is thrown off, or stops functioning optimally, all other systems can become dis-eased. When proper digestive function is restored, other parts of the body, such as the immune or the hormonal systems, will often fall back into place spontaneously. Naturopathic medicine has a long track record of successfully correcting even the most persistent problems of digestion.

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