Clinical nutrition is the scientific study of the nutrients your body needs to function and how the food you eat impacts your health and overall well-being. A clinical nutritionist analyzes not only the amount of nutrients you consume, but how the body processes, stores and eliminates these nutrients.
The vast majority of the American diet is inflammatory and toxic. Poor dietary choices, and poor lifestyle choices in general, have led to the chronic illness epidemic in our country. However, because chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease are often self-created problems caused by the food we’ve chosen to put into our bodies, many of these conditions can be prevented and even reversed.
Many of our patients come to us with painful or uncomfortable conditions and are surprised to learn that poor nutrition could be contributing to their problems. For example, someone who is obese and experiencing knee pain could see improvement from a nutritional protocol that reduces inflammation and results in healthy weight loss.
Ideally, society would use clinical nutrition proactively to prevent disease. Unfortunately, most people wait until something goes wrong to change the way they consume and think about food and nutrients. The key is to make permanent lifestyle changes that allow you to restore and maintain balance and feel your best. Here is just a small sampling of conditions that can be treated with clinical nutrition.
Developed by Dr. Proodian, the clinical nutrition program at Natural Healthcare Center follows the functional medicine model and addresses the whole person. The first step is to determine your unique profile. You’ll meet with Dr. Proodian for your initial consultation, which will begin a process of extensive investigative work that goes far deeper than superficial symptoms.
Dr. Proodian and our Director of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Oscar Coetzee, PhD, use a comprehensive examination, blood work and diagnostic testing, which may include genetic testing as part of our nutrigenomics program, to identify the root cause of any health issues you may be experiencing. After gathering as much data as possible, we analyze the following:
Based on your individual body’s needs and collaboration with our team of clinicians, we can create a customized dietary protocol that emphasizes healthy, healing foods. We don’t use off-the-shelf, cookie cutter plans. Dr. Coetzee has written dozens of proprietary protocols, drawing from evidence-based nutritional research from more than 20 years of clinical experience. Hundreds of patients have experienced life-changing results. We encourage you to read the incredible research and case studies from Dr. Coetzee at the bottom of this page.
Many historians believe the scientific study of nutrition began in the 18th century when Antoine Lavoisier, the French chemist who gave oxygen its name and is widely considered the father of modern chemistry, suggested there was a link between food and metabolism.
Thiamine, part of the B complex family, was the first vitamin to be isolated and chemically defined in 1926. This led to a half century of research that focused on single nutrient deficiency diseases.
Recommended Dietary Allowances were introduced in the 1940s and listed the minimum amount of a nutrient we need each day to prevent a deficiency. They were later replaced with Dietary Reference Intakes, which list the minimum amount we need to stay healthy and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
If you’re dealing with a chronic condition and suspect poor nutrition might be contributing to the problem, or you just want to know the right foods you should be consuming to stay healthy, schedule a complimentary consultation at Natural Healthcare Center. Bring your healthcare records, diagnostic imaging, test results, prescriptions and nutritional supplements. We’ll review your records, discuss your history, answer your questions and offer recommendations to address your specific condition – all at no charge. Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation.