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Nutrition Talk / Re: Medical tests for evaluating general health
« Last post by Dana Ced on July 10, 2014, 09:24:10 AM »
That's a good list of things to get started  :)
The candida questionnaire seems great, I just recently started reading about this bacteria... hope to learn more during the program.

Thank you so much, Jodi!
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Nutrition Talk / Re: best containers for freezing mineral broth?
« Last post by jodi f. on July 10, 2014, 09:11:06 AM »
Do you know why that is, Elizabeth? I've frozen broth in quart jars without issue.
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Nutrition Talk / Re: Medical tests for evaluating general health
« Last post by jodi f. on July 10, 2014, 09:09:31 AM »
Sorry, your picture hadn't come up yet when I started to reply.
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Nutrition Talk / Re: Medical tests for evaluating general health
« Last post by Dana Ced on July 10, 2014, 08:52:54 AM »
Of course: female, age 27.
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Nutrition Talk / Re: Medical tests for evaluating general health
« Last post by jodi f. on July 10, 2014, 08:51:38 AM »
When working with clients I generally first just want to see a CBC (Comprehensive Blood Count) and as big a CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Profile) as their doctors are willing to order. (CMPs are available with a varying number of tests.) From these, I can get a decent -- not perfect, but pretty good -- idea of hydration status, blood sugar/insulin control, inflammation, stomach acid status, and certain nutrient insufficiencies. If I see anything of concern on these, I have clients either request from their doctors, or order on their own, other more specific markers. One thing I DO like to add is a more detailed look at thyroid function. Doctors generally only include Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), though some doctors do more. I like to see a Free T4 and Free T3 (emphasis on the "Free") in addition to TSH. If you think that stress is a big issue for you, a Reverse T3 would be very helpful. When I interpret results for clients, I use different reference ranges than the standard ones. Dicken Weatherby, ND and Scott Ferguson, ND have published a useful book (except for thyroid), called, Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis, that I use to guide me.


From here, your options multiply enormously, and your insurance company often stops footing the bill, which is why I start with standard labs and proceed as necessary. There are many different types of tests that are considered "functional," i.e., they demonstrate how different parts of your body are actually functioning, versus whether or not you've reached an actual disease state (standard tests and reference ranges). These measure blood, urine, saliva, and/or hair and are individually determined based on need.


I also suggest questionnaires first, as a helpful means of honing in on what needs to be tested. Any of the Bauman questionnaires throughout the textbooks and workbooks are recommended, as well as some detailed ones you can access online and in books. Of particular interest are the ones for Candida (http://www.yeastconnection.com/pdf/yeastfullsurv.pdf) and adrenal fatigue (http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/take-the-adrenal-fatigue-quiz).
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Nutrition Talk / Medical tests for evaluating general health
« Last post by Dana Ced on July 10, 2014, 08:42:11 AM »
Hello. This is my first month as a student in the Holistic Nutrition Program and I know that I'm about to learn a lot and my diet is going to change. Therefore, I would like to know what medical tests I should do to evaluate my current health situation and monitor any vitamin, mineral, etc. deficiencies or surpluses as I adapt a more holistic way of living. Is there a list of common lab tests you would recommend?

This will also be very helpful when I start to consult other people. What test do you ask your patients for?

Thank you in advance!
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Nutrition Talk / Re: best containers for freezing mineral broth?
« Last post by Elizabeth on July 09, 2014, 03:51:50 PM »
Canning jars are great but you MUST look at the side of the box when buying to what particular sizes are okay for which use.
For freezing you don't want to go larger than pint size.
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Nutrition Talk / Special Diets & Young Children
« Last post by Elizabeth on July 09, 2014, 03:45:27 PM »
In my work and socializing I am coming in contact with more and more mothers who are insisting on feeding their young children (anywhere from 6 mos. on up) the special diet they are eating, i.e SCD, GAPS, Paleo, etc.

I have a hard time thinking this is advisable if the child does not have a specific reason for such a diet, i.e. Celiac disease or Inflammatory Bowel Disease, etc.

Thought?
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Nutrition Talk / Re: Natural or organic alternatives to herbicides/pesticides
« Last post by jodi f. on July 09, 2014, 03:16:46 PM »
Weed Zap is probably the best professional product replacement for RoundUp for some types of weeds. It can be purchased in large quantities that help bring down the price. Here's a survey of their effectiveness from UC Davis: http://ucanr.edu/sites/UCNFAnews/Feature_Stories/Organic_Herbicdes_-_Do_They_Work/


I've been using 1 gal. regular household vinegar, with 1 oz CitraSolv and 1 oz dish soap in a sprayer. It works very well.
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Nutrition Talk / Mal de debarkement Syndrome - Seeking treatment suggestions
« Last post by Adrienne R. on July 09, 2014, 12:25:54 PM »
Hello Bauman community,

I have a co-worker suffering from Mal de debarkement Syndrome, which can can follow periods of extreme stress or being on a cruise. She lost her mother late last year and went on a cruise not long after. She's been prescribed medications with horrible side effects, and has also tried acupuncture, but has not seen her symptoms reside. If you have experience with this syndrome, please provide some insight on how I might help her seek alternative methods of treating it.

Many thanks,
Adrienne Robinson
Student, Nutrition Consultant Program
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