Healing Begins with Medicinal Herbs and Food as Medicine!
The state of healthcare needs more healing.
Every single day that I am a licenced nutritionist, I’m invigorated by helping people feel better. Yet, we have big gaps between evidence of plants as medicine and practice!
Graduating with a Master’s of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington, I am a registered dietitian, or RDN, with a passion for healing. Food, supplements, and herbs can help restore health while repairing. Pretty amazing.
I got inspired to become a dietitian in my undergraduate studies at Montana State University. One of my amazing professors made me understand that the root of healing begins with the food we eat.
I have practiced in a hospital setting as a clinical dietitian for 20 years, and find energy and joy from helping people on the path to recovery. I found myself PASSIONATE about functional nutrition right away.
Functional medicine is essentially this: applying the most current research for YOUR needs. We carefully weigh risks, benefits, and potential gains to help with healing.
I have also had the great privilege of being a nutrition researcher, which gave me a deep understanding of what makes up good research or just hype or fuel for media propaganda. That is what drives me to blog and share the truth about health today.
Helping develop manageable building blocks of nutrients can be a simple way to overcome some daunting health issues, including chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, weight issues, and many others.
The reason I became a virtual dietitian is to dive deeper to help people find root causes to their illnesses and help people in ways that conventional medicine confines can’t fully address. Health is not the absence of disease, it is the presence of vitality.
One story along my path was pivotal in my career; I had serious hormonal balance issues that were plaguing me, causing chronic pain, among other major issues, and I was young!
I simply wouldn’t accept illness, yet medicines did nothing but make it worse. They sometimes created new symptoms that were almost worse than the pain.
I refused to accept that surgery was a good thing for me.
Turning to integrative and functional medicine principles, including foods and nutraceuticals that help detoxify the body, took away my pain and changed my life! This and many clinical experiences have led me on the path of discovery and further training to enrich my depth of knowledge.
Essential oils, as pure, concentrated forms of plants, became part of my healing journey and are truly a gift from nature. Humans have been using essentials oils as medicine for over 2000 years, and we are just beginning to use them again to their full potential!
I am passionate about integrative and functional medicine; you might say it is at the core of my being.
It became undeniable early in my own health and the health of all my patients that the foods we eat, including HERBS and key amounts of NUTRIENTS, are life-changing.
The Healthy RD
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