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Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

June 7, 2011  |  Nutrition

What is it?

As some of know I’ve been studying to get my certification in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN). So, I thought I would tell you a little about the program and how excited I am about the services I can now to offer clients.

FDN Mission: “Our mission is to teach as many people as possible how to get well and stay well naturally so they, in turn, may educate others.”

My goal is always, first and foremost, to get everyone eating a healthful diet of whole unprocessed nutrient-dense foods that work for their unique metabolism. That, in itself, works to turn around many many health issues. But sometimes it isn’t always enough. We live in a world of chronic stress (internal and external) that can put us at risk for chronic diseases. Stress can start out with mild symptoms that most of us don’t even relate to stress (digestive, immune, fatigue issues), and if not handled correctly can get ugly and turn into the culprit of many underlying illnesses.That’s where FDN comes in. As an Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner I now have the tools to dig much deeper to find hidden internal stressors and what the root cause of those are. What they do is assess the functions and pathways of the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification and intestinal barrier systems. Basically, everything we need to have running smoothly for optimal health.

Here are the tests I can now run for clients:

  • Adrenal Stress Profile (Salivary)
    • Evaluates Steroidal Hormone Balance & pathways
    • Gives us clues about hidden stressors and other malfunctions
  • Metabolic Assessment Profile (Urine)
    • Digestion/Detoxification/Immunity
  • Intestinal Barrier Function Test (Salivary)
    • Assesses the mucosal surface integrity in the gut for antibodies and chronic infection
  • GI Pathogen Screen (Stool)
    • Intestinal microflora screen – tests parasites and pathogens
  • Signet Mediator Release Test
    • Tests for 150 food and chemical allergies

The program also encourages a MetabolicTyping Diet, which I started following about a month ago.  I’ve noticed a definite change in the way I feel after eating to my Metabolic Type (Fast-Oxidizer)…less bloating/gassiness. I also dropped a few pounds by adding more of the foods I assimilate better like high purine proteins and more good quality fat (butter!).  Pretty awesome, right. Amazing how taking out and adding/emphasizing certain foods in your diet can make such a difference. I’m liking it so much my next step is to get certified as a Metabolic Typing Advisor. If I’ve learned anything in all my nutrition studies, it’s solidified that one diet (Vegetarian, Paleo, South Beach, Atkins, etc…) does not work for everyone. Even when eating a clean whole food diet there are foods that work very well with your unique body type and foods (even whole foods) that may not  be what your body needs at that time.

Anyhow, that is what has been keeping me busy lately!

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2 Comments


  1. Hi Laureen,

    I’m an engineer with plans on making a move, at some near future stage, into the world of nutrition. I’m currently halfway through FDN, and was planning on doing CMTA and HMTA next. However I would also like to understand a little bit more about nutritional therapy having listened to an interview with Caroline Barringer recently.

    I’m not sure whether you are an NTP or NTC, but, I was interested in knowing whether you would advise doing one of these over another online course like holistic nutritional consultant or practitioner?

    Or maybe CMTA in conjunction with FDN and HMTA could provide similar expertise?

    Apologies for all of the questions. Hopefully you can provide me with your take on the disciplines I reference, specifically with views to providing an holistic approach to total health.

    Regards,

    Steve Crozier.

  2. Hi Steve,

    Sorry for the delay. Congratulations on the career move into the world of healing…we need more healers! Yes, I would definitely encourage you to look into the Nutritional Therapy Association. I learned so much and found it meshed exactly along my philosophies regarding food. Cathy Eason was my teacher and she is so full of knowledge, it’s amazing. I also did the healing foods certification Caroline Barringer teaches through Immunitrition right after. It was the perfect class to really tie in everything NTA teaches.

    The FDN course I have found to be really helpful with clients who have deep rooted issues that really need some testing done. As Reed says “test, don’t guess” and it’s true. I have recently finished the CMTA course and am adding that into my practice. Knowing a person’s type is the foundation to build their diet on.

    It seems to me you’re on the right path! Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information.

    Laureen

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Laureen Wallravin, NTP
1739 Shell Beach Rd
Shell Beach, CA 95124
(805) 242-3677

is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner specializing in a holistic approach to nutrition and total body wellness. She helps clients with digestive, blood sugar, hormone, immune, and detoxification imbalances. Her methods include a Metabolic Type Diet, functional diagnostic testing, and food sensitivity testing (MRT). Laureen’s practice is located in Shell Beach and she serves the surrounding areas of the Central Coast including Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Morro Bay.