Nutrition Evaluation Tools

    Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire (NAQ)

    Symptoms are hard to explain and the same symptom can be caused
    by a number of different reasons. A questionnaire that helps pinpoint
    systemic problems was designed by the Nutritional Therapy Association.

    The NAQ has over 300 questions about lifestyle and symptoms. The
    graph is broken down into systems, such as Upper GI, Liver, Minerals
    and Adrenals. The graph is the baseline to assess changes over time.
    This visual display helps clients see their progress and helps identify
    where to focus.

    Food Journal
    Record what is eaten for 3 days in a row. Note: Most people procrastinate until
    they eat "good" meals.

    What is eaten is a small part of analyzing a daily diet.

    The time of meals/snacks, what is drank, portion sizes, and mood after eating
    provides a good look at a daily routine.

    Muscle Testing
    Muscles will weaken when their ability to respond to pressure (like lifting weights or trying to maintain
    tone with rhythmic compression is offered.) The length of time it takes a muscle to weaken is recorded.
    Another form of muscle testing is how a muscle responds to an allergen.

    Functional Examination and Lingual Neural Testing
    There are points on the body that relate to different organs. When
    pressure is applied on that point, for example, on the inside of
    the knee, there can be a range of pain responses, from no pain to
    quite a lot.

    The level is recorded as a number given by the client.

    Supplements that can reduce the inflammation at that point are given
    to the clients to hold in their mouth for 30 seconds and spit it out.
    If pain felt at that point lessens or completely disappears, that
    supplement is recommended to take for a period of time.

    Review of Medications/Supplements
    It is important to know what medications and supplements a client is taking and for how long. Label
    reading is important for supplements and a discussion of how to read labels ensues.

    • Medications deplete nutrients in the body and a review of contraindications, possible reactions,
      side-effects, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions is completed for each drug. An example
      of a report is the use of aspirin.
    • Although there are medications my clients must take for the rest of their lives, the goal is to improve
      health thus reducing or eliminating the need for medications. It is important to educate my clients
      and work with their physicians to monitor changes.
    • For those clients with autoimmune diseases, cancer, or cancer survivors, I will support the health
      side of any treatment by nourishing my clients while their doctors try to control tumors or reduce
      symptoms of a disease.