Medical Nutrition Therapy
Nutritional diagnostics, therapies, and counseling services are conducted for the purpose of disease management. These services are completed by a registered dietitian (RD) or a nutrition professional called a certified nutrition specialist (CNS). An RD can hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree and a CNS can only hold a master's or doctoral degree. Both of these professionals can be licensed in their state of residence and the license identification is Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN).
What is MNT?
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is a specific application of a process we call the Nutrition Care Process. It provides a focus of the management of diseases in clinical settings. MNT involves in-depth individualized nutrition assessment, nutritional therapy, and nutritional counseling. Throughout a person's recovery or management of a disease state, a LDN will be there to guide them through.
In other words, for nutrition support and management of a medical diagnosis (i.e. thyroid disease, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, or immune health); medical nutrition therapy can help you learn the lifestyle and dietary strategies to manage these medical challenges.
LDN vs MD
Medical Nutrition Therapy is accomplished through a Functional and Integrative Approach!
A DCN is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition and an MD is a Doctor of Medicine. A doctor of medicine can use pharmecuetals and other means to cure or treat diseases or injuries. A doctor of clinical nutrition will use food and lifestyle practices to manage disease states during this recovery. Both types of doctors receive rigorous coursework about the biological processes of the human body. Doctors of medicine use practical and conventional methods, while doctors of clinical nutrition use nutritional and alternative methods. Together both doctors can collaborate to oversee a person overcome their health battles. This collaboration is called and the Functional and Integrative Approach.
Integrative Nutrition focuses on the whole person and not one part of the body like in conventional medicine. This helps medical doctors who have a particular scope of practice. Medical doctor's scope of practice will be that specific organ system (i.e. thyroid, internal medicine, or dermatology), while a nutritionist's scope of practice is solely about nutrients, we can look into all areas of the body to find imbalances of these nutrients. This is beneficial for both parties because where nutritionists lack in their scope of practice a physician can fill in (like prescribing medicine and diagnosing serious illnesses or injuries), and where physicians lack in their scope of practice a nutritionist can fill in (like seeing nutritional imbalances that could be exacerbating the condition).
With an in-depth assessment and analysis of one's lifestyle, personality, mind and mental well being, diet, and health habits; an Integrative Nutrition Practitioner can nutritionally diagnose a client with either a nutritional deficiency or excess that has caused the body's biological processes to spiral out of control. When Functional Nutrition Therapists identify and address underlying problems that could be associated with already diagnosed disease states, we use a referral from your physician.
Integrative Nutritionist Practitioners do not medically diagnose disease or injury. We also do not treat, cure, or prevent any illness, disease, or injury as a medical doctor does. Instead, we focus on using informed clinical evidence through the National Library of Medicine and other evidence-informed resources to achieve answers that teach people to manage these medical challenges. Our essential goal is to bring about optimal health and balance to biological processes through lifestyle change, food, and other dietary needs.
The primary focus of Discover Your Greatest Self is helping people adhere to a Low Carb lifestyle to improve the biological processes of the GI, endocrine, or immune systems and help them gain optimal health; while collaborating with their physician!