AN INDIVIDUALIZED EVALUATION: HOW?

It’s Alimentary: Creating a personal food and supplement plan requires comprehensive information from you.

1. A seven-day food and beverage journal allows me to understand your usual dietary habits and any reactions that you may notice to your foods and beverages.

2. The Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire (NAQ) asks about physical effects that you may be experiencing (such as headaches or burping), without realizing that these small details are part of the pattern of your overall health functioning. By asking about physical effects that you may not think to tell me about, the NAQ gives me a quick and comprehensive overview of your physical condition.  There are about 300 questions. You can answer by mail or online, as you prefer. Answering the questions will take you about 30 to 40 minutes.  Parents may answer on behalf of their children, but it is best to ask the child for the answer to each question.

3. The health history is an interview done in person or over the phone. I will ask about your health history in detail, including your specific health goals, health concerns, and any health strengths or weaknesses that seem to run in your family. I will ask about your occupation, lifestyle, exercise habits, eating habits, and recreational activities. I will also ask about any vitamins, herbs, homeopathic remedies, prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, or other health regimes that you may be following. The health history interview usually requires about  60 minutes.  Parents may answer on behalf of their children.

4.  We may decide that specialized tests will be helpful.  I offer

  • saliva testing for stress hormones
  • saliva testing of male and female hormones
  • hair tissue mineral analysis.

Your food and supplement plan will be based on

  • your own health goals,
  • my analysis of your food journal,  nutritional assessment questionnaire, and  health history, and
  • any specialized testing we choose to do.

All of the above can be done by phone, skype, or email, as you wish. Those who live nearby can add another component, the in-person functional evaluation.

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