Autism Sample

What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was first described in the 1940’s by both Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger (1). The biology of autism is not understood well enough yet to be used as diagnostic criteria, so diagnoses are made based on behavior. What are some...

Functional Nutrition 5-Rs Sample

Many functional dietitians follow the 5-R’s when working with clients: Remove: Remove any foods from the diet that you are allergic or sensitive to, as well as any pathogens in the digestive tract. Replace: Replace anything you are deficient in, such as vitamins,...

Elemental Diet Sample

What is an elemental diet? A temporary diet (usually for ~4 weeks), during which no food is consumed, and only pre-digested nutrients are consumed in the form of a beverage. The mixture can be purchased as an elemental powder or made at home using special ingredients....

Vanilmandelate Sample

What is vanilmandelate (VMA)? Vanilmandelate is a metabolite of epinephrine and norepinephrine (also known as adrenaline and noradrenaline). It is excreted in the urine and can be used as an indirect measure of epinephrine/norepinephrine levels. It can also indicate:...

Biotin Sample

What does biotin do in the body? Biotin is a water-soluble nutrient, included in the B-vitamin family. It is sometimes called vitamin B7 or vitamin H. We cannot make biotin, so we must get it from our diets, or from the bacteria that can synthesize it in our guts....