What is the difference between a holistic nutritionist and a conventional nutritionist?
Being a Holistic Nutritionist, means that I focus on my patients as a whole. This means not only addressing gaps in the diet, but also listening to a patient's symptoms, stress levels, mineral deficients, sleep, and other areas in one's life that may be contributing to symptoms.
What is a CNS? How is this different from a Registered Dietitian?
According to the American Nutrition Association, Certified Nutritional Specialist, CNS is a highly qualified nutritional professional with an advanced degree (graduate or doctorate) from a fully accredited university in nutrition plus 1000 hours of a supervised internship and must pass the rigorous exam administered by the CBNS.
A Registered Dietitian RD is a food and dietary professional. RDs require at least a bachelor's degree and 900-1200 hours in a dietetic internship through an accredited program and passing a dietetics registration exam. Dietitians focus on calories (energy), quality of food in regard to freshness, sanitation and freedom from spoilage and contamination.
A CNS is required to have a higher-level degree to be certified. Many nutrition professionals choose the CNS route instead of the RD route because they do not have direct interest in working in a hospital setting. You can be assured that anyone holding a CNS degree is well qualified as a nutrition professional.
There is a huge difference! Drug store brands are normally slightly cheaper but unfortunately you get what you pay for. Most drug store brands use poor quality materials giving you a subpar product that may not have positive effects. Furthermore, many of these brands contain fillers, preservatives and even artificial colors which are detrimental to health. Some health food store brands are a step up from drug store brands and claim to use better quality materials. Keep in mind, however, that supplements are not regulated,so its hard to tell which are best and honest.
The supplements in the office are professional brands. They use the purest raw materials backed by years of research and manufacture them with the highest technology to preserve and maintain integrity and purity of their ingredients. These brands go against the most stringent guidelines and come with certificates of analysis so we know exactly where the nutrients and herbs are coming from. They are typically much more potent and therefore not available in stores. I do not trust any third seller parties, because you can be sure you are getting what you think you are unless you buy from a healthcare professional. I get the supplements directly from the companies.
Many of our products are also custom-made for you based on your results which enables you to take less pills but get more needed nutrients as they are combined for your convenience.
It is of course your choice! I am always happy to evaluate any brand you may already have and help you find the best option because quality plays a huge part in the success of your protocol. Remember, supplements are recommendations and thus my recommendations are based on the best knowledge I have. I do not carry ANY product I do not take self or give family members