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.