Healthcare is constantly changing and transforming as we learn more about ourselves and how the body works. As we understand more about the role nutrition plays in health, such as controlling chronic diseases like diabetes or Celiac disease, nutritionists are playing a vital role in keeping patients healthy and happy.
Julie Shivley is the newest member of the PCC Functional Nutrition team and will be teaching the Childbearing years component of Life Stages module.
Michelle Harreld, MScN is an instructor with PCC's Institute for Health Professionals. She teaches the Nutritional Counseling Skills module in Functional Nutrition.
Tammera J. Karr teaches the Holistic Nutritional Therapy module in the Functional Nutrition program at the Institute for Health Professionals.
The integration of functional nutrition with your massage, acupuncture, or chiropractic practice satisfies the whole-body approach and belief that our body systems are complex and interdependent. The whole-body approach — or functional medicine — does not divide the body into multiple systems, but rather looks for “the root cause of a collection of symptoms.” Integrating holistic practices can greatly benefit your clients and patients on their journeys toward wellness.
If you believe that whole, real, and nutrient-dense foods are medicine to the body and you have a passion for teaching others how to live healthy and active lives, then becoming a nutritionist may be the best career path for you. If so, it’s important to understand what nutrition programs offer and what things you should consider prior to applying.
Holistic nutrition works with the interplay between science, nutrition, and a person’s health. Nutrients from food should be our body’s fuel and first line of defense, as the quality of our food directly corresponds to our quality of life. Imbalances in one area will cause a disturbance in another area, therefore, using a whole-body approach is necessary for achieving balance, health, and longevity.
The goal is to bring balance to the mind, body, and spirit through whole foods, activity, and supplementation. A whole-body holistic approach respects that the human body is “one cohesive unit of complex systems that work in harmony when provided the necessary components for optimal health.”
Holistic nutritionists seek to bring health and vitality to people’s lives by balancing the body, mind, and spirit — a whole health approach. The focus is on improvement in health through consistent healthy eating on a daily basis and healthy and mindful living. Recommendations are made based on the uniqueness of each individual, particularly the differences in biochemical makeup and personal heritage.
Wes Harwood is an instructor at CLIMB who teaches Bio-chemistry Foundations, Pathophysiology of Structure and Nerves, Pathophysiology of Metabolism and Immunity in the Functional Nutrition program and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support in the American Heart Association and cardiology classes taught at PCC Institute for Health Professionals.