“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”― Hippocrates
This quote is often cited to emphasize food’s importance. A food’s quality is usually thought to be what agencies such as the USDA and the FDA have to say. There have certainly been great strides in food quality with improved storage techniques and cleanliness. But is it good for me? The accepted food pyramid may not be the best way to know. The increasing ++incidence of illnesses like diabetes and obesity brings our current understanding of food into question.
In an attempt to solve this riddle, there has been an increase in special tests for food allergies and specialty diets. Are these just fads, or are they based on science? Is there a test of diet that is right for you? This has become a hot topic. There are many “experts”, and it can be difficult to make sense of it all.
I want to share with you my practice’s experience with food sensitivity testing and diet modifications, which uses a practical approach and sets realistic goals. This has been very positive. The process begins with dietary counseling and interventions to decrease inflammation. This usually has secondary benefits such as weight loss and improved blood sugar control. I then proceed to test for food sensitivity with Mediator Release Test (MRT) followed by dietary counseling and coaching with the LEAP (Lifestyle, Eating, And Performance) protocol. Success is measured by the increase in function, decreased pain, and improvement in chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Below is a video by Susan Linke, a registered and licensed dietitian, Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT), and Certified Gluten Practitioner (CGP). She explains this concept. To learn more, contact my office at (865) 577-1914 for more information.
Medical Nutrition Therapy is a treatment based on nutrition that examines an individual’s nutritional status and nutritional needs. It may add or eliminate foods and/or nutrients to improve medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or gastrointestinal disorders. This may be accomplished by simply modifying a person’s diet or involving testing for nutritional deficiencies or sensitivities. The goal of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is to insure your body is getting the right “fuel” to maximize function.
Here are several articles that review Medical Nutrition Therapy:
Example of the conditions treated with Medical Nutrition Therapy:
Diabetes Mellitus, Type II
Gastroparesis (Slow Stomach Emptying)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Inflammatory bowel disease
What to Expect from Medical Nutrition Therapy:
A medical nutrition therapy program will teach you what you eat is just as important as how you eat and how it makes you feel. Your therapy starts with a comprehensive nutrition assessment.
How it works:
A registered dietitian works with each client individually to create a realistic meal plan and determines appropriate lifestyle changes needed for a healthy lifestyle. Medical Nutrition Therapy is tailored to each client’s needs under the direction of the physician. Testing such as a Mediator Release Test (MRT®) or measuring of blood levels of vitamins and minerals may be considered.
Medical Nutrition Therapy is a tool to help you learn how to achieve a healthy lifestyle and feel better doing it.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates