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Once you understand which foods may be causing the problem, then you can start to decipher which diet is best for that individual.Julie Matthews, BS NC BioIndividual Nutrition Institute
A Word to Practitioners
Whether you've been in practice for years or more recently completed your nutrition education, you may know that "bioindividuality" is important and think you're practicing it.
Clinicians today may think they practice bioindividuality, but most don't realize how much they're missing.
Nutrition science and therapeutic diet application has expanded greatly in recent years. New evidence demonstrates that many compounds found in foods, even very "healthy" foods, can cause serious reactions in certain people and even worsen conditions you're trying to help.
Recommending a healthy whole foods, gluten-free, grain-free diet, or Paleo diet is often not enough; as they do not address the individual biochemical needs of the person.
The latest nutrition science shows that many of our clients with chronic health conditions suffer with issues relating to oxalates, salicylates, amines, histamine, glutamate, and FODMAPS, as well as poor methylation, transsulfuration and sulfation.
VERY FEW practitioners are aware of these food substances, how to identify them, and how to truly customize a therapeutic diet according to their clients unique needs.
If you're not up on the latest nutrition science and how to apply it clinically, you are missing an essential piece of how to practice functional nutrition. And without it, your nutrition recommendations may be completely ineffective.
As a nutrition professional, it is essential that you learn to recognize and address these types of food reactions in order to improve the underlying biochemical factors which are causing your client’s symptoms.
Having this knowledge and skill sets you apart from other nutrition professionals in the field.
What make one nutrition professional
more successful than another?
Specifically, why do some practitioner's clients get radically better when others cannot figure out how to resolve their troublesome symptoms?
I've helped hundreds of clients with disorders resulting from complex neurological and physiological needs, and I discovered some interesting and important information that can help you…
I tend to see the “tough cases,” the “non-responders,” in my nutrition practice.
By the time they’ve come to me, clients have already seen 3 or more practitioners that have provided nutrition advice, yet they still have not gotten better. And I've always investigated why their prior practitioners were unsuccessful. As I explored each of their case history files, I uncovered what they had overlooked.
Here are 5 common errors that inhibit results; and insight to avoid them and improve your overall success.
About the Course Creator and Instructor
Julie Matthews, BS NC is a globally respected nutrition expert, accomplished author, and inspirational educator. Her guidance is backed by her fifteen years of clinical experience and scientific research with complex neurological and physiological needs; particularly autism and related disorders.
She has lectured in more than 60 cities across three continents. She’s been on television, radio, newspaper, blogs/podcasts, published scientifically referenced articles in journals and websites. She’s been featured by Price-Pottenger, honored by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, sits on two scientific advisory boards including the Autism Research Center, consulted for a soon-to-be-published university research study, and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant with a successful practice in San Francisco.
Julie is a dynamic speaker who has trained professionals at conferences for Integrative Medicine for Mental Health, Autism Research Institute/DAN!, Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, and the MINDD International Forum in Australia. Now, nutrition professionals around the world embrace her comprehensive online training in bioindividual nutrition.
During her early nutrition studies back in 2001, Julie discovered that food and nutrition influenced the condition known as autism. She committed to investigate the connections then explain them to parents and clinicians that can make a difference helping children recover. Her final research paper at Bauman College became her award-winning book Nourishing Hope for Autism (which has an impressive 91% 5-Star rating on Amazon.com). It explains WHY food and nutrition affects the varied systems and biochemical pathways routinely occurring in autism and HOW to strategically apply a specialized diet to help children heal.
After many years in practice, it became evident to Julie that the dietary approaches that helped the most difficult clients, were useful in healing most chronic conditions. And because autism is one of the most complex disorders (with underlying immune/autoimmune, digestive, neurological, and metabolic dysfunction issues), it provides a unique perspective on chronic disease that helps Julie teach others to see hidden connections between symptoms, circumstances, and effective healing dietary strategies for a wide variety of complex conditions.
She founded Nourishing Hope to stand for the efficacy of improved diet and nutrition for autism, and the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute to share the synthesis of her knowledge with cutting edge clinicians to help improve their effectiveness with therapeutic diets.
Clinical Materials & Tools Include
- Easy to Use Clinical Charts, Handouts: GMO Guide, Toxin Guide, and many more
- Diet Implementation Guides and Food lists for your patients and clients
- Nourishing Hope Food Pyramid poster and client tools plus Nourishing Hope for Autism (book) and Cooking to Heal (cookbook and videos)
- Online Clinical Diet Assessment Questionnaire
- Symptom/Diet Chart
- Decision-making flow chart
Masters Series Webinars
Masters Webinars are available only to Members of the BioIndividual Nutrition Training and Certification program. These sessions will include guest speakers, scientific advisory board members, and others for more in depth scientific discussions.
Blog, Newsletter & Continuing Education
Our Blog includes insights and recent research, relevant news, Member spotlights, case studies, and more. Members may contribute articles, research, and collaborate in meeting Institute and Member educational and program objectives.
Private Forums & Facebook Group
Connect with colleagues on the latest in nutrition news, science and research using our forums and other online tools. Protecting the privacy of patients and practitioners is very important to us. Also connect online via private Facebook group.
There is tremendous need for qualified health professionals that can work with the varied dietary programs specific to certain health conditions. Julie’s course provides you the knowledge to establish a niche specialty that is highly marketable for your personal business.Dr. Kurt Woeller
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
About the Training
Do you have to be a certified nutritionist?
No. The program is open to professionals in practice that make diet and nutrition recommendations. Our Members include nutrition consultants, dietitians, as well as medical doctors, naturopaths, nurses, health coaches, and more. You bring your own credentials - our program is not a credentialing program. It is an advanced nutrition course geared towards active practitioners from varied disciplines. The course provides acumen and tools that augment existing healthcare credentials. Practitioners can become listed in our Practitioner Directory.
Does this course certify me to practice nutrition in my state?
No. This training does not provide certification to legally practice nutrition. To practice nutrition, individuals must have a primary nutrition certification and must follow the laws in their state and country. SEE PREVIOUS QUESTION
Can people outside the United States participate in this course?
Yes. This course is fully online so people can participant from any country and any time zone. We have Members from 22 nations. And, as with those in the United States, you should ensure to follow the laws in your own country regarding specific scope of practice.
Who gets listed in the Online directory?
Practitioners can become listed in our Practitioner Directory when the pass the comprehensive exam after each course. Other individuals and resources can become listed in our Community Directory. SEE EARLIER QUESTION
About the Enrollment Process
When you enroll in the BioIndividual Nutrition Training, ALL course Modules and content are available to you, as is the link to the exam, and the ability to immediately create your online profile - which initially is shared with other Members, and you can join the Member’s private Facebook group to connect and present questions.
- The course is designed to be “taken” accordingly: proceeding through modules sequentially, engaging the reading along the way. Initially the course was delivered weekly, and many new students align with a weekly schedule because they can work it in. Others dive in, and complete the whole course in a month - the variance is tremendous, as it should be - since each professional’s life is unique. The training course empowers clinicians in many ways.
- The exam should be taken when you are ready; after completing all modules and feeling comfortable with the learning from the course. There are 50 multiple choice questions, drawn from the content of the course (no sneaky questions from readings). You have 60 minutes to complete the exam, closed book, you cannot reference course content while taking the exam. Ninety percent correct is required to pass. Any wrongly answered questions are shown to you after the exam; you can review them and take the exam again. That is, if you don’t pass the exam the first time, you can take it twice more. Once you pass the exam, your online profile becomes public in our online directory.
Is there a certain timeframe to complete the course?
No. Both courses are available to study “at-your-own-pace.” Course modules should be completed in sequence, and you have as much time as needed to proceed through the course. You have unlimited access to the course content and materials.
What is the time commitment to complete the course?
The total time varies from person to person. On average, a Module takes 2 ½ hours to watch/listen to the material. Additionally, there is reading and research you’ll be interested in exploring related to each module. Each person’s learning style differs – some people choose to do one module per week (similar to attending a university class), while others prefer a couple modules per month. Some time-available go-getters dive in and go faster. There is a lot of information to learn and apply, be sure to proceed at whatever pace works for YOU.
Is there an exam for this course? Is it open book? Is there a minimum pass rate?
Members that wish to be listed in our online Practitioner Directory must pass a comprehensive exam after the course. It is a closed book, timed, exam that requires a passing score of 90%.
What if I don’t pass the first time?
You have three chances to pass the exam. If you don’t pass, the incorrect questions are revealed to help you further study the material.
Are CEUs available?
Those associated with the Nutritional Therapy Association can earn 24 CEUs for each course. Many of their graduates have enrolled and benefitted from the course.
What about other schools/organizations?
We’re fully open to working with any organization, though do not currently have the capacity to pro-actively reach out to this/that one (hopefully soon, since the need/opportunity is tremendous). I’ve chatted with many Members (those enrolled in the course….) also seeking CEUs, leaving (for now) it up to them to learn what’s required for CEUs at their organization, then connecting with us to see if we can align/make it happen.
We’re quite transparent and fully support efforts at accreditation. Feel free chat more with us about this…
TOP Questions asked...
1) I’ve already done a ton of training programs, completed a nutrition certification, and taken several other online courses. So I’m already familiar with and use these special diets in my practice. Do I need this training?
Yes! All of our graduates already have a primary certification and education in nutrition. Most of our students are are nutrition professionals and others are doctors or naturopaths who use therapeutic diets in their practice. Our graduates have told us that this training is like nothing else they have taken.
The course material goes far beyond what is taught in any nutrition school or certification program out there, or what you’re able to learn on your own.
For example, you may enroll already knowing about low phenol diets, but during the training program, you will learn details about how to help you clients implement that diet, how it works, why it works, what the underlying biochemistry is, so you can also determine nutrients they might need or additional support.
Julie Matthews, the course creator, has worked with these special diets for over 15 years, so she adds her clinical expertise to the 20-40 years of published data on each diet.
Another example is the Failsafe diet… you will learn many variations of this life-changing diet that are used in clinical practice, such as modified versions, Failsafe vs. Feingold diet, more restrictive versus less restrictive food lists, several ways to implement it depending on the client and other limitations, different strategies on how to challenge foods back in, troubleshooting which food chemical is the problem, implementing low salicylate only vs low amine only with a more strict and less strict list of foods.
In addition, the case studies will help you understand the thinking about how to apply the right diet or multiple diets into a strategic nutrition plan.
Diving deeper into each diet, you’ll also learn nutrients that can support the biological pathways to improve tolerance, lifestyle changes that support these pathways, other reasons they may be depleted, such as dysbiosis and how to address it, as well as how to implement this into a larger nutrition strategy plan.
All this detail learning how to make modifications for each client is based on many years of clinical experience and simply cannot be obtained from books or internet research!
Accelerate your learning by condensing my 15 years of clinical experience into a few months.
The training tools include: diet implement handouts, professional food lists, online questionnaire tools, and intake forms to make it more time efficient for you during consultations.
2) I don’t want to run lab tests. How much of this course focuses on lab testing.
No problem! Only a small fraction of this course focuses on lab testing. We train professionals from many different disciplines. Some run lab tests and others do not.
It is not necessary to run labs to get all the valuable information you need to make diet and nutrition recommendations.
- Food cravings
- Diet record, food frequency
- Reactions to foods
- Common Symptoms
- Laboratory testing
- Client considerations
You can implement just a few of the 7 factors from the course and still obtain outstanding results with your clients!
3) Will this course give me nutrition credentials? Will I be certified in anything? I’m a health coach and I want nutrition credentials. Is this course right for me?
This course will NOT grant you credentials to practice nutrition in your state if you aren't currently allowed to do so with your existing credentials. Yet, it will provide the tools and "graduate" level education that will augment your existing healthcare credentials.
Graduates of this training program will receive a certificate and may call themselves a "Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner."
The program is open to any professional in practice who is already making diet and nutrition recommendations. Members that pass the course exam can become listed in our online Practitioner Directory!
4) I don’t do Facebook. Is your training only “a game changer” if you participate in the Facebook group?
No, it is not essential that you participate our Private Facebook Group. About half of our member do and half do not.
If you are not currently using Facebook, and do not wish to use it, that will not impact your learning of the course material. The private FB Group is just an added benefit to our program but it certainly is not an essential part of it. The training material is taught through a dedicated member login page and not through Facebook.
However, if you are curious to connect with other practitioners who are enrolled in your course or want to check out the conversation topics and types of questions being asked, you may want to consider creating a private username profile (which you don’t share with any friends/family), and use it strictly to connect with our Private Group of BioIndividual Nutrition practitioners and students.