Updated on March 13, 2016
My journey to becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
This past year, after dealing with multiple chronic symptoms, I decided it was time to take my health in my own hands.
So, here’s what I did:
1st – I went to a DOM (Doctor of Oriental Medicine) – the Western medicine Dr.’s were absolutely no help in addressing chronic pain and illness, they just said “you’re stressed”. My DOM – Dr. Maddoux – looked at my symptoms from a functional perspective and after a round of blood and saliva tests we charted a course toward healing. I have incrementally been getting better. It has taken longer than expected, but I have to remind myself, this is 40+ years of putting bad things in my body, so it’s going to take a little time to heal.
2nd – I took 2 months off of work based on my doctor’s recommendations that I reduce some of my stressors. One of the main reasons for this recommendation was to heal my adrenal glands that were massively fatigued. (Here’s more information on adrenal fatigue.)
3rd – I signed up for a 9-month program with the Nutritional Therapy Association to see if I could learn more about diet and nutrition, ultimately being able to heal myself and my family.
I am well on my way to becoming a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), as I just passed my mid-term and practical – Yeah!
3 months to go to Certification!
A little more on the NTP adventure….
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I signed up for the program. It matched with my philosophy of using a real food based program to heal, so I figured I would give it a shot (see “work with me” page for more information.).It is a comprehensive program with a ton of work – more than I expected – online videos, book reports, essay’s, community project proposals, quizzes from textbooks, conference calls, hands on workshops, audio recordings, and written and practical mid-terms and finals. While it has been a lot of work (mostly because I had to learn how to be a student again), there is some flexibility around when the work gets completed. They also do a great job of providing the material in different ways to appeal to different learning types.
The biggest surprise for me was the hands-on evaluation tool.
NTP’s are trained to use the bodies innate ability to heal itself.
How you ask? By using pressure points on the body that correspond to organs we can find functional deficiencies in the body. Then we can use the Lingual Neuro Testing biofeedback tool to determine the key nutritional supplements that reduce the sensitivity on that point, thereby providing nutritional support to that specific body function. We essentially use your central nervous system to tell us what nutrients your body needs to rebalance.
Coming from a science background, I was skeptical. In fact, I volunteered to be demonstrated on by the teacher in class – ’cause I didn’t believe this woo-woo part. And much to my surprise, it works. The body is so much more complex than we give it credit for and truly wants to heal itself.
Using touch provides NTP’s with the ability to connect at a much deeper level with their clients.
I have been surprised at how much I enjoy this deep connection. This brings me a sense of peace that I think I was lacking in my world prior to this program. Humans are social by nature, and yet we have lost that sense of community that we had when we lived as tribes and had to fight off saber-toothed tigers together. This sense of togetherness and community is so powerful for our connection to each other and the world. For me, I am just grateful that I now have the tools to be able to have a deeper connection with another person and facilitate healing and balance in them.
I want to thank my first guinea pigs – I mean clients – for volunteering to help me learn through this first year. You folks are facilitating me being able to help many many people in the future, as well as yourselves. I am deeply grateful – THANK YOU!