Adolescents, Nutrition, & Behavior

Adolescent Nutrition Presentation

Taken from a one of my presentations in Health Psychology…

With the exception of the first year of life, the majority of a person’s growth occurs during adolescence (Stang, Story, & U.M., 2008).  This creates an increase in need for energy and nutrients to supply the energy.  Nutrient needs are higher during adolescence than any other time of a person’s life.  Proper nutrition during this time is essential for healthy maturation into adulthood as well as to help prevent diet-related chronic disease that can occur during adulthood such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.

However, despite the great importance of healthy eating during this crucial growth time of adolescence, many young individuals are not eating a diet that meets national nutrition guidelines, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Stang, Story, & U.M., 2008).  To understand and resolve this problem, it is important to understand the eating behaviors of adolescents and what factors influence them.  Personal factors such as cognitive-affective factors and behaviors as well as the social environment can impact nutritional intake.  Adopting poor nutrition behaviors as well as developing eating disorders are concerns that effect nutrition intake in a negative way that would impact health.  Understanding not only the nutrition requirements but also these factors that influence nutrition behaviors in adolescents will help in the prevention of nutrition related health problems that may occur in youth and later in adulthood as diet-related chronic disease.

Reference

Stang, J., Story, M., & University of Minnesota. (2008). Guidelines for adolescent nutrition services. Duluth, Minn.: University of Minnesota.

Many parents of adolescents understand the frustration of trying to get their kids to eat right.  At this age, most kids are trying to develop their independence.  They want to make some choices of their own.  Here are 3 good tips I can share with you that have helped me see that my own kids got the nourishment they needed to develop strong immune systems, mental and physical health.

  • Lead by example.  You can’t expect your kids to eat healthy if you do not eat healthy yourself.
  • Provide only healthy choices in your household.  Choices are there, while any choice made is a good one.  My services include education in this area.
  • Utilize supplements.  Even in making healthy choices in food, we sometimes find ourselves lacking in nutrients which can create cravings that lead to loading up on unhealthy calories.
    • For over 20 years I have used Nature’s Sunshine’s supplements.  I expect I will continue for the next 20+ years to use them because I have always been pleased with the results and quality of them.  We caring some items in our office and have them online at herbalhour.mynsp.com

 

If you need help becoming a family who eats healthy, I also provide family sessions that focus on helping in nutrition and behaviors.

You can find me at dohi Center for Well-being (717) 473-4980 or email me at CharlotteTest@dohiwellbeing.com.

My sessions are held in our Waynesboro, PA office or can be scheduled at my mountain ranch in Fairfield, PA which also incorporates Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Charlotte Test

 

 

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Why Health Psychology?

Since 2002 I have been in practice as a Traditional Naturopathic Doctor.  I earned my degree from Trinity School of Natural Health who have been providing professional programs of study in Natural Health since 1991.  My education also included business management and dietetics.  Why did I continue my education in Health Psychology?  I have always  felt especially drawn to true mind-body medicine.  Naturopathy somewhat includes the psychological aspects of health but does not delve to the depths I wanted to go in learning the mental/emotional/behavioral, psychological, aspects in why people become physically ill and do not get better. Chronic illness.  Chronic pain.  Chronic blood sugar issues.  Chronic heart issues.  A chronic illness is something an individual is not overcoming.  They may be managing it somewhat but are not truly healing.

20180421_160327.jpgMy graduate studies in Health Psychology provided me insight and expertise which I utilize to guide my clients through life changing efforts in improving their health and well-being, and taking necessary steps for addressing chronic health concerns.  In Health Psychology we explore the interactions between the body and the mind.  We examine how stress and nutrition influence your physical and psychological health and well-being.  We work to help you work through issues such as eating disorders, substance use disorders, as well as problems you may have in meeting your health improvement goals.  In Health Psychology we also explore alternative medical approaches, which is a perfect compliment to my Naturopathic training, allowing me to help you create harmony and balance in your life.  Why Health Psychology?  The answer is obvious.  Your success is my success.  My extra schooling was worth it 🙂

Charlotte Test

Reams Basic Dietary Rules Handout

Basic Dietary Rules
According to Reams

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 Much of the suggested dietary rules, based upon body chemistry, are for normalizing the “numbers”.  However, certain substances in general are not compatible with good health and should be eliminated from any diet designed to promote good health.

Eliminate from the diet:

  • Caffeine, Coffee (one cup is acceptable)
  • The “Whites” — white flour, white sugar, salt (including sea salt), white rice
  • White potatoes (limit)
  • Alcohol (all kinds)
  • Black Teas (not herbal)
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • Ice Cream
  • Chocolate
  • Black Pepper and Nutmeg
  • Roasted and salted nuts
  • Oils — hydrogenated vegetable oils

Choose foods to eat in the following order of preference:

  • Fresh — whole and raw (appropriate)
  • Dried — beans, peas, fruit (not processed)
  • Frozen
  • Canned (home canned is preferred to commercially canned products)

Avoid “unclean” meats:

  • Pork, ham. bacon, sausage
  • All processed lunch meats
  • Shrimp, lobster, clams, scallops, squid, octopus, mussels, crab, oysters, escargot
  • tuna
  • Squirrel, rabbit
  • Duck, goose
  • Scavenger and carnivorous animals – skin fish (catfish, Mackerel, shark, etc.)
  • Reptiles

Eat only “clean” meats. (Best not to fry):

  • Fish (with scales) — Salmon, cod, bass, trout, perch, flounder, sardines, haddock, etc.
  • Foul — pheasant, chicken, turkey, quail
  • Lamb, beef, venison, buffalo

Acceptable:

  • Breads yellow cornmeal, quinoa, sourdough, natural grains, sprouted breads – rye, sourdough, whole wheat (Alvarado Street Bakery brand of sprouted bread is available at grocery stores in the organic section or health food stores, as are Ezekiel breads)
  • Eggs — 2 eggs twice a week – boiled, poached, scrambled.
  • Fats — Cold pressed – Olive oil, sesame oil, flax seed oil.  Ghee – clarified butter, 100% butter, Coconut oil
  • Milk — Yogurt 3-4 times per week.  Raw milk.  Goat milk.
  • Seasoning — Chives, cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic, herbs, kelp, laurel, marjoram, onions, oregano, parsley, sage, savory, thyme, stevia
  • Sweets — carob, unpasteurized dark honey, date sugar, maple sugar, maple syrup, black strap molasses, birch sugar (xylitol may cause intestinal upset, go light)

Note:

If energy level is below 70%, you may be advised to not eat animal protein.

If energy level is above 70%, you’ll be advised to which meats are appropriate.

 DOHI CENTER FOR WELL-BEING

1700 East Main Street – Waynesboro, PA

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717-473-4980

Preconception Care Coaching ~ Helping You Make Healthy Babies

Creating a healthy baby first involves creating health in the parents. I wrote this article in 2010 to discuss the importance of Preconception Care. Are you interested in starting a family? Contact me first to help you with Preconception Care Coaching.  Charlotte Test

Preconception Care ~ Making Healthy Babies

Creating a healthy baby first involves creating health in the parents. Implementing good health practices before pregnancy occurs, as in preconception care, can help avoid fertility problems, problems in pregnancy and birth, and problems in the health of mom and the baby. Good preconception care focuses on protection for conditions and risk factors that could affect a woman when she becomes pregnant and by focusing on factors that can affect a developing fetus or infant.Such factors may include taking prescription drugs or drinking alcohol. The key to promoting preconception health is to combine the best medical care, healthy behaviors, strong support, and safe environments at home and at work (CDC, n.d.).

After pregnancy occurs prenatal care begins to continue with prevention of problems that can occur with the developing baby. It also may involve genetic counseling related to birth defects. This is also the time to prepare for when baby arrives (CDC, n.d.).

According to the Center for Disease Control, while there has been many advances in medicine and prenatal care in recent years, compared to any other developed country, birth outcomes are worse in the United States. Often U.S. babies are born prematurely or have a low weight birth. These problems are even escalating in some groups of people (CDC, n.d.).

To help address this problem, good preconception care is recommended. What is preconception care? The goal of preconception care is to improve the health of the mother before pregnancy occurs in order to reduce risks of mother and/or the child during pregnancy and beyond birth. Preconception care also involves health and lifestyle of the father (CDC, n.d.).

It is suggested to implement “5 Steps to get ready for a healthy pregnancy” (CDC, n.d.).

These include:

  1. Take 400 micrograms (mcg) of Folic Acid every day for at least 1 month before getting pregnant (CDC, n.d.).
    1. Folic acid supplements are taken to prevent neural tube defects (CDC, n.d.).
    2. An appropriate amount of folic acid can also help prevent cleft lip and congenital heart disease. Since these birth defects often happen before most women know they are pregnant (MyPyramid.gov, 2008), folic acid supplementation is beneficial as part of a preconception plan.
  2. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol (CDC, n.d.).
    1. Smoking is linked to premature birth and low birth weight. It is also linked to children having higher range of physical and cognitive disabilities (Crandell, Haines Crandell, & Vander Zanden, 2009). Quit before getting pregnant to avoid these risks.
    2. Drinking alcohol causes Fetal Alcohol Syndrome which is the most common cause of mental retardation. This is very preventable (Crandell et al., 2009). The benefits of avoiding alcohol by far out way the risks.
  3. If you have a medical condition, be sure it is under control and being treated properly (CDC, n.d.).
  4. Take any needed medications appropriately under the advisement of a health care professional (CDC, n.d.).
    1. Since medications taken during pregnancy account for 1 to 3 percent of birth defects (Crandell et al., 2009) it is a good idea to avoid taking drugs unless they are necessary for a serious health condition (Crandell et al., 2009).
  5. Avoid contact with toxic substances, poisons, harmful chemicals, and cat or rodent feces (CDC, n.d.).
    1. Avoid marijuana; oral contraceptives; caffeine in coffee, tea, chocolate, cola drinks; cocaine and other hard drugs; and avoid exposure to toxins in the workplace (Crandell et al., 2009).
    2. It’s also advisable for men to be aware of chemicals in the work environment that can be carried in the semen and can cause infertility in the man, lead to miscarriage (spontaneous abortion), and congenital malformations (Crandell et al., 2009).

Put into place your Preconception Plan ahead of time! Create a reproductive life plan and stick to it. This consists of personal goals set for family planning (CDC, n.d.).

A reproductive plan is not only beneficial for women but for men as well. A family health history of both can be addressed at this time.

Families share their genes, their environment, lifestyles and habits. Taking a look at family history helps identify a possible increased risk for disease. Health history reflects for both, a person’s genes and these other shared risk factors (CDC, n.d.). This helps with understanding genetic risks (CDC, n.n.). Some people have concerns of passing along genetic diseases to their children. This includes Down Syndrome, which occurs in 1 out of every 800 live births in the U.S. (Crandell et al., 2009). People of African descent may pass to their children sickle-cell anemia. Tay-Sachs disease is a genetic defect in Ashkenazic Jews (Crandell et al., 2009). Decisions can be made at this time whether or not genetic counseling would prove beneficial.

One of the 5 steps to preconception health involves addressing health conditions prior to pregnancy. Some diseases, both infectious and noninfectious, can have a teratogenic effect. This means there is a risk that the disease in the mother can cause birth defects or death in the baby.

Some diseases in mom that can lead to birth defects in baby are (Crandell et al., 2009):

  •  Rubella – miscarriage, cardiac abnormalities, deafness, blindness, mental or physical retardation
  •  Chlamydia – conjunctivitis or blindness, pneumonia
  •  Trichomoniasis – premature birth or low birth weight
  •  Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – premature birth or low birth weight
  •  Syphilis – brain and spinal cord damage, death
  •  Genital herpes – sores around the mouth, central nervous system damage, miscarriage, death of infant
  •  Gonorrhea – conjunctivitis or blindness, pneumonia
  •  HIV – bacterial infections, cancer, swollen lymphs, failure to thrive, neurological damage, developmental delays, death
  • Diabetes Mellitus (type 1) – congenital malformations, neurological defect, respiratory distress, miscarriage, still born
  • Diabetes Mellitus (type 2) – fetal obesity, complications with labor and birth, neural tube defects, respiratory distress, miscarriage, still born

(Crandell et al., 2009)

Other health issues that can lead to birth defects should be address at this time. These include hypothyroidism, Hepatitis B, PKU, hypertension, blood diseases, eating disorders (CDC, n.d.).

During this time, men should be screened and treated, if necessary, for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) to help avoid passing infections to female partners. Men can also improve their own reproductive health. They can work on reducing stress, eating a healthy diet, getting any medication issues addressed, avoiding excessive alcohol use, and avoiding smoking. It is important for men who do smoke to avoid smoking around their partners. This helps her to avoid the harmful effects of second-hand smoke (CDC, n.d.).

Expecting parents hope the baby they bring into the world is healthy, and that he or she grows into being a healthy and happy child. Fortunately having a healthy child is not only something to hope for, but something parents-to-be can take a proactive approach to make happen. Good preconception and prenatal care go a long way to creating a healthy baby!

See our Before, During, and After Pregnancy Page for herbal supports!

References:

Bodnar, L.M., Catov, J.M., Simhan, H.N., Holick, M.F., Powers, R.W., and Roberts, J.M. (2007). Maternal vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of preeclampsia.
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism, 92. 3517-3522.

CDC – Pregnancy, Before You Get Pregnant – NCBDDD. (n.d.). . Retrieved November 21, 2010, from http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/pregnancy_gateway/before.html

Colagar, A.H., Marzony, E.T., & Chaichi, M.J. (2009). Zinc levels in seminal plasma are associated with sperm quality in fertile and infertile men, Nutrition Research29(2), 82-88. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2008.11.007.

Crandell, T.L., Haines Crandell, C., & Vander Zanden, J.W. (2009). Human Development. (9th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Freeman, M.P., Hibbeln, J.R., Wisner, K.L., Davis, J.M., Mischoulon, D., Peet, M., Keck Jr., P.E., Marangell, L.B., Richardson, A.J., Lake, J., & Stoll, A.L. (2006). Omega-3 fatty acids: evidence basis for treatment and future research in psychiatry. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 67(12). 1954-1967.

Holick, M.F. (2007). Vitamin D deficiency. New England Journal of Medicine. 357, 266-281.

Misra, M., Pacaud, D., Petryk, A., Collett-Solberg, P. F., Kappy, M., & on behalf of the Drug and Therapeutics Committee of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. (2008). Vitamin D Deficiency in Children and Its Management: Review of Current Knowledge and Recommendations. Pediatrics122(2), 398-417. doi:10.1542/peds.2007-1894

United States. Department of Agriculture. MyPyramid.gov (2008). Dietary supplements. Retrieved November 23, 2010, from http://www.mypyramid.gov/mypyramidmoms/dietary_supplements_prenatal_print.html

 

RBTI – Reams Testing

REAMS BIOLOGICAL THEORY OF IONIZATION

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Reams Biological Theory of Ionization is derived from seven foundational metabolic parameters in the urine and saliva. The test yields valuable information on the efficiency of the digestive system and the immune system as well as specific information on what vitamins and minerals are not being assimilated into the body’s cellular structure.

DR. CAREY REAMS

Dr. Reams was an agricultural biochemist. He was known as an Einsteinian mathematical genius. He had a superb reputation for being able to work wonders with the soil, especially for golf course owners having turf trouble and for farmers with crop problems. Dr. Reams had a health retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. People seeking wellness would come to this retreat for several weeks and be given a diet to suit their body chemistry. Many of them left feeling better than they had felt in years. It was quite amazing. In the later years of his life he made his expertise available in Thomasville, PA.  He was a man well before his time. He died in the 1980’s.

THE TECHNIQUE

Dr. Reams called his technique, The Reams Biological Theory of Ionization. He had adapted a soil and plant testing technique to test urine and saliva. It was a simple, non-invasive test that an individual could do in less than 10 minutes.

The test consisted of 7 parameters. It was accomplished by using laboratory instruments and techniques similarly used for agricultural testing.

  • Sugar (Carbohydrate) 1.5: Indicates the amount of potential energy available per pound of weight according to the individual.
  • Urine pH 6.4: Indicates the efficiency of the gastric juices of the stomach and how efficiently the kidneys are removing toxins from the body.
  • Saliva pH 6.4: Indicates the efficiency of liver and pancreatic enzymes.
  • Mineral Salts 7: Provides information regarding electrical conductance of the body fluids and whether the body is balanced in its electrolytes.
  • Cell Debris .04M: Indicates amount of cellular debris from cells breaking down.
  • Ureas 3/3: Indicate the waste products from protein metabolism.

Due to a personal obligation, Dr. Reams made the transition from soil chemistry analysis to body chemistry analysis. After years of testing many body fluids, Dr. Reams determined that urine and saliva provided the best medium for testing using his Theory of Biological Ionization.

PERFECT NUMBERS

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Through extensive research, Dr. Carey Reams discovered the “perfect numbers” for Biological Ionization, which represent the ideal cellular resistance required for life, just as 98.6 degrees represents the perfect resistance (temperature) for a healthy body. The higher the resistance, the higher the temperature. The lower the resistance, the colder the temperature. Death may occur from either extreme.

ENERGY FROM FOOD

We do not live off the food we eat but off the energy produced by the food we eat. It is believed that we receive approximately 20% of our mineral energy from this digestive principal. Approximately 80% comes from the atmosphere. The more efficient the digestion, the more efficient the body is in extracting mineral energy from the air.

PREMATURE AGING

Resistance is required for life. An excess of resistance can result in disease and death. Likewise, a deficiency of resistance can also result in disease and death. Dr. Reams determined that each of the 7 parameters, when all occurring simultaneously, represents the perfect 100% Metabolism Efficiency (the conversion of food into energy). The theory being that, if one could maintain a lifestyle that continually manifested the “perfect numbers”, there would be no premature aging.

BIOLOGICAL IONIZATION

Of course there is no such perfect world, hence aging does occur. The objective, using “Reams Testing” as a guide, is to determine the proper lifestyle that allows a person to age, but not prematurely age. As the metabolism efficiency decreases, premature aging is more likely to occur, predisposing one to the disease process.

How are urine and saliva tests different than a blood test? According to Dr. Reams, the blood changes every 15 minutes. The urine and saliva test was found to be more accurate. The testing of these two substances is amazingly accurate in determining the degree of wellness one might be experiencing and importantly what minerals, vitamins, and foods one should or should not eat.

Biological Ionization Analysis is an excellent metabolic biofeedback device to indicate whether a particular lifestyle is beneficial or detrimental for any individual. It gives specific information on what vitamins and minerals are not being assimilated into the body’s cellular structure. It provides biofeedback on a holistic (emotional, physical, spiritual) level.

Your Program for Wellness:

  • Consultations that include the Reams Test…
  • Custom Nutritional and Lifestyle Program utilizing Reams results.  Other analysis may be included such as the ZYTO bioscan or Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.
  • All necessary nutritional supplementation to assist in balancing your numbers are the responsibility of the client. Herbs and the opportunity to order supplements are available at our facility dohi Center for Well-being.
  • Ancillary suggestions to complete your holistic program, many of which are offered at our facility dohi Center for Well-being for your convenience, such as meditation or counseling.

Biological Ionization Analysis should be performed at least monthly and as often as weekly at the discretion of your counselor during the course of your nutrition and lifestyle program.

To Schedule an Appointment:

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New Start

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NEW START
Applying the Principle”The only hope of better things is in the education of the people in right principles. Let physicians teach the people that restorative power is not in drugs, but in nature.” (Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, 127.2)

This is an excerpt of a book written back in the mid 1800’s by Christian Author Ellen G. White, regarding the need to guide people in making the right choices for their health and well-being rather than medicate and mask the problems they have. Today nothing has changed in our needs to rely more on nature and less on medicine.

One of the most asked question is “How will I benefit from natural healing?” To answer this question let’s step back 150 years. Our needs have not changed…

“Disease is an effort of nature to free the system from conditions that result from a violation of the laws of health. In case of sickness, the cause should be ascertained. Unhealthful conditions should be changed, wrong habits corrected. Then nature is to be assisted in her effort to expel impurities and to re-establish right conditions in the system.” (Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, 127.2)

The next most asked question is “How do I get started?”

Make an appointment with Dr. Charlotte Test to help you not only get started on your path to wellness, but also to help you create your vision, define your goals, and to effectively carry out the process to achieve your goals each step of the way 

 

Coaching Sessions/Rates

How I Coach: 

As your Coach, I work to help you define the vision you have for yourself. I work to help you create actionable goals that will act as stepping stones to become what you have visualized. As a natural healer I have learned that we are energy. The natural flow of energy follows the path of least resistance. Anytime energy deviates from the natural flow, either resistance or magnetism is created. What this means for your life is the creation of obstacles to overcome or the feeling of spiraling out of control. What is your path of least resistance? I am here to help you discover what that is in any aspect of your life.

How we meet: 
In Person
Telehealth video sessions (it’s HIPAA compliant!)
By Phone
Rates/Sessions: 
Rates for Individuals (Life, Health) $275 per month, includes 4 sessions per month, 30 minutes each, and email support
30 minute sessions are in person, Skype, or phone.
$45/30 minutes for additional time needed
Professional Rates (Corporate Wellness, Medical Professional Guidance in Alternative Medicine) Please call or email for quote