What is a nutritionist?
A nutritionist is a health specialist who devotes his/her professional activity to food/nutrition science, preventive nutrition, and diseases related to nutrient deficiencies, and the use of nutrient manipulation to enhance the clinical response to human diseases.
We at the Chiropractic Health Center, in Pueblo Colorado, believe that proper nutrition is paramount in the healing process. Throughout the years we have seen and our patients have experienced the benefits of good nutrition through dietary and lifestyle changes. Thousands of our patients have been counseled in nutritional methods which facilitate the correction of numerous ailments including fatigue, weight loss and gain, eating disorders, allergies (both food and environmental), hormonal imbalances, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, hypoglycemia and diabetes as well as helping well patients find better diets and lifestyle practices to maximize good health and prevention. Patients are provided with scientific rationales for changes needing to be made as well as specific, step by step explanations of how to implement these changes in an ongoing manner to assure their success.
Our Goal at CHC
The optimal goal is to return the patient's body to normal function. Often the use of nutrition is an allopathic method of getting the body to do what the physician desires rather than releasing the body to control itself in a normal manner. This is especially true of megavitamin dosage. Long-term nutritional use, especially that of high dosage, may cause side effects.
Evaluating Nutritional Needs
The applied kinesiology method of evaluating changes in body function as the result of nutritional stimulation fills a specific void in the conundrum of nutritional diagnosis. The method consists of stimulating the gustatory nerve receptors by having the patient chew or inhale the substance to be evaluated, and then manually testing a muscle for change. The muscle may appear stronger or weaker, depending upon the type of evaluation being made and the muscle's neurologic association with the substance stimulating the gustatory or olfactory receptors. This system of testing is controversial. One reason for this is that there have been many modifications of Goodheart's original description. Some, rather than have the patient stimulate the gustatory receptors with the substance being tested, have the individual hand-hold the substance or lay it on the belly; some even have the patient hold a bottle containing the substance to be tested. These modified systems are frequently taught to lay people who often do not have the anatomical knowledge necessary for accurate muscle testing, nor do they have a nutritional background or general diagnostic ability.
The testing of nutrition as advocated by the International College of Applied Kinesiology is a discipline limited to the tested substance stimulating the gustatory or olfactory nerve receptors, combined with accurate and specific muscle testing. The information derived from these tests must then be correlated with a standard diagnostic work-up by a person licensed in the healing arts to be a primary health care provider. The approach here and used at the Chiropractic Health Center, PC, is designed to be an adjunct to standard nutritional evaluation, not to take the place of it. Those who have the expertise to properly test nutrition, as described by the ICAK, should not use this method as a sole approach in evaluating nutrition and/or substances harmful to the body.
The approach used at the Chiropractic Health Center, is designed to be an adjunct to standard nutritional evaluation, not to take the place of it. Those who have the expertise to properly test nutrition, as described by the ICAK and used at the Chiropractic Health Center, should not use this method as a sole approach in evaluating nutrition and/or substances harmful to the body.
What is especially exciting about nutritional therapy is not just the possibility of prevention, but the reversal of disease.