Like many other health-care providers who enter the field of nutrition, I have personally experienced the benefits of sound nutrition. I have noted dramatic improvements in both my eyesight and behavior, largely in part to a healthy diet. I was also fortunate to have met and worked with Dr. Ben Feingold, who pioneered the Feingold Diet.

mike-at-deskAs my interest in the nutrition field grew, I decided to acquire a Master of Science in Human Nutrition, from the University of Bridgeport. Upon graduation, I immediately attained certification through the Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists, as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), as well as the Certification Board of Clinical Nutritionists as a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (C.C.N.). While no one certification demonstrates complete knowledge, I feel these credentials represent the highest standards of competency and practice.

It has been widely recognized that nutrition plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of health, prevention of disease, and management of chronic conditions. In recent years, science has gained vast insight into how the foods we consume, along with nutritional supplements, not only successfully address both the symptoms and root causes of disease, but also enhance our health by normalizing our individual biochemistries. As the role of nutrition continues to become more complex, the demand for innovative, responsible and competent professional nutritionists will also rise. Attaining certification as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) will attest to the qualifications, advanced skills, and professional status as a nutritionist.

The human body possesses a remarkable capacity for repairing damage to its supporting structures. By recognizing and supporting this innate ability, nutrition therapy seeks to restore normal physiologic function. Nutritional deficiencies result in biochemical/metabolic imbalances, which then cause organ/gland dysfunction, and ultimately nutrition-related disease. Based on diagnostic testing and other evaluation techniques, Certified Nutrition Specialists recommend the use or disuse of specific foods, supplements, and botanical agents, along with lifestyle modifications, necessary for optimum health. By making simple changes in the way we think and live, we can significantly improve our health.

As my professional career has evolved, I have chosen to concentrate on a function diagnostic approach. Many people attempt to create their own treatment and nutritional programs based on what they have read in books or magazines. A generalized guesswork approach to treatment and nutrition may not provide the optimal results for each person. By taking advantage of non-invasive functional laboratory tests, close attention can be paid to everyone’s biochemical individuality, thereby allowing each person to have a program which will benefit his/her nutritional need.