What is the difference between a Nutritional Consultant and a Dietitian?
Dietitians base their dietary recommendations on the Canada Food Guide. They are trained in the mainstream sciences and depend on scientific research studies in which to base their recommendations. You often find them working in hospitals in association with doctors to provide dietary guidelines to treat the symptoms of an illness. Dietitians have been known to recommend things like artificial sweeteners over natural sweeteners, margarine over butter, and they tend not to promote pesticide and hormone free products. Much of their educational funding comes from major food manufactures such as the Dairy Board.
A Natural Nutritional Consultant takes the holistic approach and deals with the whole person (mind, body and spirit). They work toward getting to the root cause of the illness or imbalance and help the body to heal itself. They base their recommendations on a variety of symptoms that represent the early stages of illness before they develop into more serious problems and before they show up in blood tests. Since everyone is biochemically unique, Nutritional Consultants deal with each person individually, offering recommendations specific to their personal needs. They will make suggestions for lifestyle changes, food choices and supplement suggestions. Nutritional Consultants look at the long-term impact and implications of dyes, additives, preservatives, pesticides, antibiotics, and are critical of short-term studies that suggest these chemicals are safe for human consumption.