NUTRITIONAL THERAPY GOALS
The fundamental goal of Nutritional Therapy is to encourage people to become knowledgeable about—and responsible for—their own health. An NTP helps individuals reach their optimal level of overall health by supporting and bringing balance to the five foundations listed below. All five are built upon a single, solid base: a properly prepared, nutrient-dense diet.
- Blood Sugar Regulation
- Fatty Acids
- Mineral Balance
By supporting each of these foundations and helping clients adopt a more nutrient-dense diet, the body's chemistry can be brought back into natural balance, setting the stage for optimal health.
Nutritional Therapy is not designed, however, to treat any specific disease or medical condition. A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is trained to evaluate your nutritional needs and make recommendations of dietary change and nutritional supplements, not medical diagnoses or prescriptions. No comment or recommendation from your NTP should be construed as a medical diagnosis or prescription.
If you suffer from a medical or pathological condition, you need to consult with an appropriate healthcare provider. An NTP is not a substitute for your family physician or other appropriate healthcare provider. A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is not trained nor licensed to diagnose or treat pathological conditions, illnesses, injuries, or diseases or prescribe medications.
If you are under the care of another healthcare provider, it is important that you contact your other healthcare providers and alert them to your use of nutritional supplements. Nutritional Therapy may be a beneficial adjunct to more traditional care, and it may also alter your need for medication, so it is important you always keep your physician informed of changes in your nutritional program.
If you are using medications of any kind, you are required to alert the NTP to such use, as well as to discuss any potential interactions between medications and nutritional products with your pharmacist. If you have any physical or emotional reaction to Nutritional Therapy, discontinue their use immediately, and contact your NTP to ascertain if the reaction is adverse or an indication of the natural course of the body's adjustment to the therapy.
NTPs are not licensed or certified by any state. However, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is trained by The Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.® which provides a certificate of completion to students who have successfully met all course requirements, including a written and practical exam. Laws and regulations regarding certification and licensure requirements differ from state to state and occasionally change.
During the course of Nutritional Therapy, your NTP will ask that you provide relevant personal details and information relating to your background, health, lifestyle, etc. (hereafter referred to as “Information”), including but not limited to:
- Your full name, physical address, email address, phone number, date of birth, etc.
- Your health history, including injuries, surgeries, prescriptions, etc.
This Information will be gathered from you via in-person interviews, questionnaires, evaluations, intake documents, phone, email, mail, video conferences, etc., and used to:
- Help assess your nutritional needs.
- Make recommendations for dietary changes and nutritional supplements to support your specific nutritional needs and goals.
- Comply with all legal and NTA training obligations.
To ensure the maximum benefit of Nutritional Therapy, it is important that your Information is accurate and up to date. If you notice any changes to your health, begin taking new prescriptions, etc., please notify your NTP as soon as possible. It is also your right as a client to access, update, or delete your records at any time. To do so, simply notify your NTP in writing. Your NTP will retain your Information for the length of time you are a client, after which they will take reasonable steps to dispose of your Information in a secure fashion.
Though NTPs are not HIPAA regulated entities, your NTP is committed to protecting client privacy and uphold the privacy best practices and the policies laid out in the U.S. Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. Your NTP will take all reasonable steps to protect your Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure by using strong passwords, up-to-date software on all devices, and locking file cabinets for physical documents. However, even the best security practices cannot guarantee that all stored data will be completely free from third-party interception or corruption.
My role as an NTP is to support and coach you in reaching your own goals, but your success and reaching optimal health depends primarily on your sincere commitment, possible lifestyle changes, a positive attitude and follow-through. In addition, since every human being is unique on a biochemical level, I do not make any guarantees as to your outcome.