“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates
What is nutrition?
Nutrition in its simplest form is the use of food as medicine. Some call this use of “food as medicine” more specifically “clinical nutrition.” Since every molecule in your body is literally made of what you’ve ingested, you are what you eat! Nutrition is truly the foundation of health and a cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. Treatment can range from minor dietary improvements to the use of therapeutic diets tailored to individual physiological needs to specific supplements for the prevention and treatment of disease.
What is personalized nutrition?
One of the special services I offer is personalized nutrition based on the work of Peter D’Adamo ND, bestselling author of Eat Right 4 Your Type and The GenoType Diet. I am a Master of the Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI) and offer personalized nutrition using the Blood Type Diet, the GenoType diet, and Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s SWAMI GenoType program. Listen to Dr. D’Adamo himself explain epigenetics and the GenoType diet in a short interview here.
What is SWAMI GenoType?
SWAMI GenoType is a computer software program created by Peter D’Adamo ND that uses information about your genetics, biometrics, and health history to design a diet plan customized to your needs, to provide the fuel that is best for your body. In my practice I use SWAMI GenoType as part of a personalized treatment plan for patients whose chief concerns include weight management, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalance, arthritis, autoimmune disease, and pain. If it seems like SWAMI GenoType is a magic bullet for all that ails you, keep in mind that indeed, food is truly healing; personalized nutrition can be used to treat a such a variety of conditions because what you eat is the most important influence on your health, via your digestive tract, immune system, and hormone levels. However, nutrition is almost never the only intervention that I work with and the onus is ultimately on the patient to take responsibility for his or her health by making habit changes that will support healing. You are a key part of the equation.
How were you trained in personalized nutrition?
Before I began my naturopathic medical training, I became interested in the work of Peter D’Adamo ND, bestselling author of Eat Right 4 Your Type and The GenoType Diet. During my second year of naturopathic college, I preceptored with Dr. D’Adamo at his clinic in Connecticut and have since completed certification as a Master of the Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI). I now offer personalized nutrition using the Blood Type Diet, the GenoType diet, and Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s SWAMI GenoType program.
Why can’t I just treat myself with supplements and herbs?
Vitamin and mineral supplements can be confusing, frustrating, and expensive and it is difficult to effectively self-treat because everyone is uniquely individual in their nutrient requirements. Before there were pharmaceuticals, there were botanicals and in fact many pharmaceutical drugs are still based on or derived from plants. It is important to recognize that supplements and botanicals can be as powerful and dangerous as pharmaceuticals. I am educated in clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, and pharmacology. To achieve safe, effective, and affordable results using supplements and botanical medicines, we will work together to choose supplements and botanical medicines that are personalized to your needs.