Clinical Nutrition

What is Clinical Nutrition?

 

Clinical and ‘Holistic’ Nutrition is premised on ‘holism’- the understanding that all parts of a system cannot be explained by one part alone. It’s about considering the individual’s social and environmental circumstances, and promoting resilience amidst daily stressors and other factors that impact health.

 

At Satori, we provide clinical nutrition consultation on a variety of health conditions. Our holistic approach begins with a comprehensive assessment of your medical history, lifestyle, and dietary habits. The emphasis is on identifying the ‘root-cause’ of illness or imbalance. We then work with you to design a customized diet, supplementation and lifestyle protocol. Throughout the entire consultation process, all holistic recommendations remain evidence-based (supported by clinical studies), and respectful of the client’s current medications.

 

As much as possible, eating ‘real foods’ (not food products) is emphasized, while supporting physical mental and environmental health, daily movement, and deep, restorative sleep. Where health challenges or nutritional deficiencies require more support, nutritional supplementation may be suggested. Digestion – where we hold most of our immune tissue – is always addressed and balanced first.

 

What is Orthomolecular Health?

 

The term ‘Orthomolecular’, in Greek, refers to ‘right fit’ – and the word, ‘molecule’. Applied to nutrition, ‘orthomolecular health’ means the right type of molecule (vitamin, mineral, amino acids, enzymes, and fatty-acids), in the right amount, for the optimal physiological functioning of the human body.

 

A Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP), is trained to dissect research and translate it into personalized health recommendations. The designation ROHP is given by the International Organization of Nutrition Consultants to a qualified healthcare professional who specializes in maintaining or restoring biochemistry and physiology in the body for optimal health and well-being.

 

A good deal of the work of an ROHP is in the role of educator, helping people learn about the interconnectivity of the body’s systems, and the ways in which diet, lifestyle or environmental factors may help or impede goals around optimal health.

 

Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioners must complete 700 hours of in-class instruction from an approved education facility, and have accumulated at least 2,000 hours of additional training and supervision before applying to the IONC for membership.

 

Helen Papaconstantinos is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto. As her focus is on clinical nutrition, she also holds the designation, Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner.  A former university researcher, Helen has a passion for evidence-based approaches to empowering individual’s capacities for self-healing. Learn more about Helen.  Examples of conditions that Helen has worked with, appear at the end of this page.

 

What can I expect when I work with Helen?

 

A confidential and safe electronic Health Information form will be emailed to you. Upon receipt of the completed form, Satori will let you know when Helen has read the information and your appointment can be booked. If you have chosen the Advanced or Optimized Program options, please supply any relevant medical lab tests or reports at least three days prior to your visit.

 

You can also set up a complimentary 15-minute conversation with Helen over the phone. This helps Helen get a preliminary understanding of your health issues and goals.

 

This client-centered approach ensures that your clinical nutrition session will be personal and effective.

Helen Papaconstantinos headshot

Helen Papaconstantinos, BaH, ROPH, CNP

Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner

Treatment Programs Offered


Basic Program
1 main health concern: $130.

A report is emailed to you.

 

This program is helpful when there is one health concern (i.e., diabetes, cardiovascular disease), and you wish to receive general guidelines regarding key beneficial foods, dietary patterns, lifestyle patterns and research on key supplements. Otherwise, you may also wish to try the Basic Program when you are in relatively good health but are interested in finding evidence-based research about a health goal that you have. Please note: The Basic Program option does not include creation of a personalized supplement schedule, creation of recipes, or a review of medical tests. The report is emailed to you, whereas with the Advanced and Optimized programs, the report materials are put into printed binder format with tabs.

 

  • One visit for intake and health history (approx. 1 hour).
  • General health recommendations specific to your main health concern are sent to your email following analysis and research on your condition.
  • Additional email or phone support billed at $65 /hour.

Advanced Program
1 Main Health Concern: $245.

Two in-clinic meetings, (approximately 7 hours of preparation), plus an hour of follow-up support.

Everything is put into a tabbed binder.

 

This program provides a deeper look into your main health condition. Select this program when you want in-depth knowledge of your main condition and how it interacts with the different systems of your body. With this program you’ll get additional support from Helen in emails and phone calls.

 

Your personalized protocol is presented to you in a tabbed binder format which includes: Background information about your health condition, Symptomatology and Lifestyle Analysis, 5-Day Diet Diary analysis, Drug Nutrient Depletions, Interactions and Cautions, Individualized Dietary Recommendations, Individualized Therapeutic Supplementation Recommendations, Recipes, Handouts, and Follow-up support.

 

  • Visit 1 – intake, health history and goal-setting. (Please ensure that Helen receives your completed health questionnaire at least 3 days before your first meeting).
  • Visit 2 – presentation of your individualized protocol in a tabbed binder with recommendations for supplements, lifestyle, diet and recipes.
  • Review of recent lab tests from your medical doctor (if applicable). Please ensure that Helen receives your information at least 3 days prior to your first meeting.
  • Follow-up and support – 1 hour (approximately three 20-minute office visits or phone calls to monitor progress, provide support and answer questions).

Optimized Program
3 Health Conditions or Concerns: $400.

 

In addition to providing all of the Advanced Program options, the more comprehensive Optimized Program examines multiple health conditions and health goals which may be occurring at the same time. Creation of an optimized program binder generally takes 10 or more hours of dedicated research time.

 

  • Visit 1 – intake, health history and goal-setting.
  • Visit 2 – presentation of your individualized protocol, in a tabbed binder format with recommendations for diet, supplements, lifestyle and recipes.
  • Nutritional recommendations re: lab results.
  • Creation of a ‘Time-Line’ which provides an ‘at-a-glance look at your health history.
  • Determination of future short and long-term dietary goals.
  • Up to three hours follow-up and support (approximately six 30-minute office visits, emails or phone calls). This can be arranged on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, which ever you prefer.

Conditions Helen Has Worked With:


  • Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Anemia (as well as iron overload)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis (osteo and rheumatoid)
  • Atlanto-Axial Instability (Barré-Lieou Syndrome)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Auto-Immune Conditions, (i.e., M.S., Grave’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s, Celiac disease, Lupus, secondary Reynaud’s, scleroderma etc.)
  • Axonal Sensorimotor polyneuropathy.
  • Prostate Health (i.e., BHP and elevated PSA antigens)
  • Burn (nutritional support following skin graft for 3rd degree burn)
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Cancer:
    • Acoustic neuroma
    • Appendiceal neoplasm
    • Brain – Glioma, neuroblastoma, and metastasis due to a different primary cancer.
    • Breast
    • Cervical epithelial lesion (HPV 16 and 18)
    • Colon; familial adenomatous polyposis
    • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
    • Liver (due to Hepatitis)
    • Lung – small cell (primary), mesothelioma, lung cancer due to metastasis.
    • Kidney (Renal cell carcinoma) support prior to surgery and afterwards.
    • Ovarian
    • Prostate
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Dysplasia
  • Concussion
  • Costochondritis (inflammation of cartilage connecting rib to sternum).
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes (Metabolic Syndrome), Type 1 Diabetes
  • Dental – gingivitis and tooth remineralization
  • Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
  • Dystonia
  • Endometriosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Fatty Liver (NAFL) and Steatosis
  • Fertility – not my key area but I have created successful protocols
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Pseudo Gout (a form of arthritis caused by deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate crystals)
  • Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia (bleeding disorder due to platelets with defective or low glycoprotein IIb/IIIa – a receptor for making fibrin).
  • Hair loss, male and female
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Heartburn/ GERD
  • Heberden’s nodes
  • Hypertension
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.)
  • Immune system – low neutrophils.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • MRSA topical infection
  • Mononucleosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myalgic encephalitis/ Chronic Fatigue
  • Mycobacteria xenopi eradication
  • Neuropathy – viral, due to medications, low iron, etc.
  • PCOs (polycystic ovary syndrome)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Proctalgia Fugax
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Reynaud’s Disease (listed under ‘auto-immune conditions’)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Shingles
  • Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Skin conditions – psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, pilaris keratosis, vitiligo, etc.)
  • Sleep/insomnia
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Spinal Degeneration (collapsed discs, osteoarthritis, etc.)
  • Tinnitus
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Thyroid support – don’t usually work in this area but have been asked for support re: hypo, hyper and auto-immune thyroid)
  • Ulcer (peptic and duodenal)
  • Vision Support – macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa
  • Vulvodynia (2 of 4 types) – vulvar vestibulitis syndrome and vulvar dermatosis which is associated with auto-immune conditions.