Drs. Lois Schaub and Eoin Gregory both offer clinical nutritional counseling as part of their practice.
Food is the primary provider of the nutrients our bodies need to maintain health and wellness. Unfortunately most people are deficient in many of the body's essential nutrients. This may be caused by many factors, some of which include an unbalance diet; existing illness/medical conditions; absorption problems; and a global decrease in food's nutritional content (due to soil depletion and other environmental factors).
How is my nutritional status measured?
A typical first visit begins with a completed symptoms survey. This survey along with a comprehensive health history and various tests help the Doctors understand your nutritional needs.
How will I be treated?
The purpose of a nutritional assessment is to provide recommendations on changes in diet, addition of supplements and potentially other tests (such as blood work.)
The treatment is customized for the individual, but it is up to the patient to decide to follow some or all of the recommendations.
What types of supplements does CHCAA use?
We use several different reputable brands typically sold only through health care providers. The product/supplement recommended is based on the Doctor's evaluation of the patient's need. We prefer to use whole food supplements because they are as close as possible to consuming whole foods.
Why are whole foods important?
We commonly think of vitamins and minerals as easily definable; for example many people equate Vitamin C with Ascorbic Acid. In fact, the truth is that Vitamin C is far more complex. Ascorbic Acid is synthetically produced in a lab as Vitamin C and may have beneficial effect. Yet, Vitamin C from whole foods such as citrus and vegetables is not just Ascorbic Acid, but also all the other micronutrients attached to it; these are commonly known as phytonutrients.
Phytonutrients are believed to make vitamins easier to absorb and allowing more of the vitamin to be used by the body for health and healing. This is known as bioavailability. The greater the bioavailability, the more effective the supplement.
Since whole foods are used by the body much more efficiently (because they have high bioavailability), whole food supplements are believed to be more effective than synthetic supplements.
Are whole food supplements more expensive?
Ultimately, whole food supplements are more expensive than store bought supplements, but they are more likely to be effective and have a higher bioavailability than synthetic store purchased vitamins/supplements.
Where can I get more information on supplements and vitamins?
The first place to start is here at Carriage House Chiropractic and Acupuncture. We are happy to discuss your questions and concerns in person.