Deciding to work with a Natural Health practitioner is not only a matter of finding a professional with ample knowledge and the right set of skills, but also a matter of personality. Finding a person you feel comfortable with and you can trust is of upmost importance if this person will be your guide on your path to optimum health.
From the foods we eat our body derives the building blocks for our cells. Vitamins and other nutrients function like tools. Just like artists or craftsmen cannot work, no matter how skilled they are, if they don’t have the right materials and tools, our bodies cannot function if they lack the right nutrients in quality and quantity.
How do you know what the right nutrients are? Every person is unique. There is no one size fits all, one way of eating that is right for everybody. What an individual needs depends on many factors, like their genetic makeup, their gender, age and life stage, challenges in the environment and more.
Nonetheless, there are some recommendations that apply to everybody. I have deep trust in nature. After all nature had millions of years of trial and error to produce the best foods for us. “Real” food, food closest to nature which our bodies can recognize promote health. On the other hand are food products, inventions of our modern world. They are created for convenience, shelf life and economical gain. Many of them lack the nutrients to support our bodies and are best avoided. Man made “food inventions” like GMOs (genetically modified food) have no place on our dinner table. They not only interfere with good health of people and animals that are consuming them but also play a negative role in world food supply and reduce our choices of healthy food.
To give you a better idea of who I am here is a brief Bio of myself:
From a very young age on I had a strong interest in nature and healing. One of my favourite books, even before I could read, was a thick medicine book my grandmother had on her bookshelf. I was very impressed by the pictures in the book and was wondering how the conditions that were shown came to be and what could be done to heal them. I grew up in a small town in the picturesque part of Germany called the Black Forest. Woods and fields were only a few steps away from our house and I loved to learn about the herbs that grew there and in our back yard. Caring for others and the strong wish to be able to help and heal was and is my nature. It was only natural that I would pursue a profession in the health field and became a pediatric nurse.
When I met my husband we moved to Mexico. Just like medicine had always been a special interest of mine so was food and cooking. Needless to say that I readily adopted Mexican dishes into my cooking repertoire. It was fascinating to watch indigenous women prepare tortillas on a fire with just a sheet of metal to bake them on. I have always loved to learn and eventually managed to prepare my own tortillas. Strolling through markets with the abundance of colours and smells was a feast for the senses and a wonderful opportunity to learn about new fruits and vegetables, spices and herbs.
During our time in Mexico I met a medical doctor who was working with alternative methods of diagnosing and healing. Many of his appliances and remedies were from Germany. Working with him opened a door into a whole new universe of possibilities. We had used home remedies and herbs at home and I had heard of Homeopathy. Now I learned about biological age and its relationship to nutrition and lifestyle, energy healing and how different frequencies affect the functioning of our cells.
Eventually we moved to Canada and after our youngest child was born, I decided to combine my love for healing and food and became a Holistic Nutritional Consultant.
There are many factors that affect health but nutrition is one of the most important ones. What goes into your body will influence how every one of your cells works, how you feel and how you think. An artist or a crafts person cannot work without tools and materials, no matter how skilled he or she is. Our bodies have the innate ability to maintain health, to heal and repair, but they need the right nutrients which provide the tools and materials to do so.
Food is not only to fill our bellies. Living in different cultures deepened my understanding of the role of food for our emotional wellbeing. As a mother of three I know about the struggles to feed your family a healthy diet with all the temptations of our modern life.
There are constantly new findings in the field of nutrition. My passion for learning helps me to stay up to date with current research and scientific facts. My mission is to guide my clients through the jungle of nutritional information and help them understand which recommendations apply for them as a unique individual. Knowledge is power and understanding the reason for a recommendation will empower them to take charge of their health and reach long lasting results.
RNCP (Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner) and ROHP (Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner) are designations given by the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC).
The IONC is a voluntary, non-profit incorporated organization founded in 1983.
The IONC was created to assist public awareness about making the best possible scientific based food choices for long term health, and to regulate the standards of education for its nutritional professional members.
ROHPs and RNCPs are certified by the IONC.
To maintain the certification and comply with the high standards of the IONC ROHPs and RNCPs are required to proof yearly professional updates.
Some insurance companies are now covering the fees for ROHP services. Please contact your insurance for more information.
Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioners (ROHPs) are scientific evidenced-based trained nutritional professionals who can educate you about diet, lifestyle and detoxification for optimum health and energy.
Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner is the designation given by the International Association of Nutritional Consultants to a qualified healthcare professional that specializes in maintaining or restoring biochemistry and physiology in the body for optimum health and wellbeing. Orthomolecular Health Practitioners assess the unique dietary and nutritional requirements of an individual and utilize a full spectrum of customized natural therapies including: diet and nutritional supplements, detoxification and drainage.
A visit to an ROHP will be an educational experience where one will learn to make lifestyle changes that have a long-lasting effect on the quality of life.
Educational criteria for ROHP certification include significant post-secondary training in the following subjects: anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, allergies, biology, fundamentals of nutrition, preventative nutrition, nutritional assessment, nutritional cardiology, herbology, environmental pollution, nutritional pathology, alternative comparative diets, digestion-elimination, nutritional symptomatology, body-mind -nutrition, life cycle (geriatrics, pediatrics, clinical nutrition, & sports nutrition), therapeutic nutrition, nutrition and aging, research applications, and jurisprudence. Yearly updates are mandatory.