The successful practice of nutritional medicine necessitates the ability to accurately assess each individual’s levels of a large number of nutrients.
Naturopaths have traditionally used various techniques including comprehensive analysis of the clinical picture (including perhaps tongue, iris and nail signs), dietary review and occasionally some functional testing. Currently, there is increased access to a range of biological and functional tests for patients of naturopathic and integrative practitioners, however, many practitioners remain unclear about the merits of such testing or how to interpret the results.
Rachel’s accumulative clinical experience and her research into the validity of a range of nutritional assessment methods has honed her skills in this area. Often asked to write and present on the pros and cons of various assessment techniques, she is excited about the improved assessment methods now being offered in nutritional medicine and is keen to encourage their widespread application across the health professions.