The word nutritionist is an unregulated term in Canada, and the USA. For your peace of mind make sure the nutritionist you are seeking guidance from is certified, and registered and has the designation of R.H.N.
RHN”s earn a diploma in natural nutrition after an extensive and intense program from CSNN-Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
Some areas of study are
- Mental Health
- Pathology of disease
- Prevention of disease
- Cellular Biology..and many more
What do we teach?
That everyone is biochemically unique, and we assess everyone based on their own individual issues, imbalances and weaknesses. The main focus of nutritional counselling is to help build better cell structures in our body, introduce new dietary habits, keeping up with the latest research, as well as taking into account environmental toxins, sensitivities, heavy metal toxicity, are also factors taken into account when making a nutritional program.
What is the difference between a Holistic Nutritional Consultant (RNCP/ROHP) and a Dietitian?
Dietitians base their dietary recommendations on the Canada Food Guide. They are trained in the mainstream sciences and depend on scientific research studies in which to base their recommendations. You often find them working in hospitals in association with doctors to provide dietary guidelines to treat patients once they have been diagnosed with an illness. Dietitians have been known to recommend things like artificial sweeteners, and they tend not to promote pesticide and hormone free products. Much of their educational funding comes from major food manufactures such as the Dairy
A Natural or Holistic Nutritionist takes the holistic approach and deals with the whole person. They work toward getting to the root cause of the illness or imbalance and help the body to heal itself. They base their recommendations on a variety of symptoms that represent the early stages of illness before they develop into more serious problems. They consider not only food quality, but also stress levels, exercise, and lifestyle. Since everyone is biochemically unique, Nutritional Consultants deal with each person individually, offering recommendations specific to their personal needs. No two people are ever treated the same. They will make suggestions for lifestyle changes, food choices and nutritional supplement suggestions. Nutritional Consultants look at the long-term impact and implications of additives, preservatives, and pesticides, and are critical of short-term studies that suggest these chemicals are safe for human consumption.