Holistic Practitioners: Teachers, Movers, and Shakers

A career in holistic health—could it be in your future?

Having just returned from the super charged Standard Process seminar Back To School for Doctors 2014, I simply had to blog on the experience. With the mind-boggling advances being made in the holistic health field, Mark Anderson spoke about things that one could only dream of hearing. I’ve been to many BTS seminars, and each year I come away with the sense that I don’t belong to the same Earthly environment that most people live in!

However, this year’s BTS was an exception to the exception. To name just one example, after years of reading and writing about celiac disease, I was thrilled to hear Anderson simplify our understanding of the issue. And I realized all over again how critical it is to care for our digestive and intestinal health. As Anderson explained, any detox program should include Okra Pepsin E3 from Standard Process. Though I mentioned this product in my recent blog post “In Defense of Wheat,” I really learned of its efficacy at BTS. And the whole world should hear about it! If I take nothing else this year, I will take Okra Pepsin E3. Thank you, Mark Anderson!

After a few nights of R&R,  my thoughts less charged with the dynamics of the seminar, I couldn’t help but be grateful for my good fortune in belonging to this unique group of like-minded professionals. Thinking about all that I’d heard, it occurred to me that many young people may be wondering what kind of career to pursue after high school. I think a profession in holistic health might not only be lucrative but also take into account our most precious commodity—a healthy body and mind. Practitioners have the power to help the thousands of people who are anchored to prescriptions for synthetic substances that may never allow them to reach complete wellness.

In my own career teaching people how to eat and maintain better health through nutrition, I never contemplated how fortunate I was to learn from a group of experts who can only be called the “best of the best.” I’ve had the opportunity to work with Standard Process and their mentors, and I’ve also been able to introduce my clients to the superb diet philosophy of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and Sally Fallon. I can tell you that my morning meditations this whole week have been centered on gratitude for the fortunate choice I made a long time ago in deciding to get my training at Standard Process and become a part of this dynamic field.

At this year’s BTS, I was also given a very special opportunity by Selene River Press owner Stephanie Anderson to host a booth introducing practitioners to the Weston A. Price Foundation. After signing up some 42 new members, I was told that it may be a record breaking number of new members for a single event! The feather in my hat is still waving in a salute to this savvy lady and business owner for allowing me to stage a table on behalf of WAPF. Thank you, Stephanie!

One Good Decision That’s Made My Life a Joy

Thinking back over the years, one decision I made has been a godsend in my life. At the time I originally sought out Standard Process whole food supplements, it was only as a way to round out my nutritional services. It never occurred to me that I would be privy to so many wonderful other benefits. To name just a few:

  • Profound training in the use of Standard Process whole food supplements at many excellent—and free—SP seminars.
  • An education in new ways to remedy the health conditions of my clients.
  • Free access to Standard Process mentors who helped me choose the best possible protocols—and yes, even gave me assistance with my own health issues.
  • Last but not least, access to my choice of free monthly seminars, webinars, and teleconferences by seasoned practitioners who’ve reached a stage in their practices where they can teach the rest of us to be our best.

I can think of no other company I deal with on a daily basis that does so much to make sure I stay on top of the latest holistic health information.

Could a Career in Holistic Health Be in Your Future?

Have you thought of pursuing a holistic health career or exploring any of the leading programs offered by Standard Process?  As you think about your future career choices, I invite you to give some serious consideration to the varied branches open to holistic practitioners. I’ve met MDs, NDs, chiropractors, clinical nutritionists, nutritionists, massage therapists, holistic dental hygienists, RNs, veterinarians, and numerous other types of holistic practitioners. They all enjoy successful, happy careers on the cutting edge of one of the most satisfying and lucrative fields available. Please consider joining us!

An Introduction to the Experts

Mark R. Anderson, Standard Process West Distributor: Anderson has been with Standard Process for 5 decades now. He’s trained health professionals from all branches of the healing arts in the science of nutritional therapeutics. Along with the legendary holistic pioneer Bernard Jensen, Anderson coauthored the critically acclaimed Empty Harvest: Understanding the Link Between Our Food, Our Immunity, and Our Planet. He compiled, edited, and published three volumes of the works of Dr. Royal Lee the “Father of Nutritional Therapeutics.” SRP carries Anderson’s complete works on CDs and MP3. And he recently started a new ebook series, The Foundations of Trophotherapy. Anderson also developed and created the Selene River Press Historical Archives a one-of-a-kind vast online resource available absolutely free to doctors, health seekers, and researchers.

Joseph Antell, NC, Certified Herbalist, Standard Process West Mentor: Antell has worked in the sales and clinical consulting side of Standard Process for over 4 decades. He’s certified in Biomeridian™ technology, and some of the most prominent doctors in the U.S. have called upon him for advice on building a successful nutrition practice. The wealth of knowledge he amassed from his extensive clinical experience makes him an ideal choice for consulting with practitioners about difficult patient cases and sharing other valuable clinical information.

Lynn Mayer, CNC, Standard Process Mentor, Colorado Springs, CO: Mayer is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Health Coach with training in many areas, including kinesiology and lab testing as diagnostic tools. She received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from San Diego State University in 1977 and completed her master’s degree in psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 1994. Mayer also has post graduate training in Contact Reflex Analysis and Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) as well as the Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)—two powerful tools that create change and transformation in one’s wellbeing.

Suggestions for Getting Your Holistic Career Started

Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition, Hawthorn University. Students at this program develop personal and professional skills in holistic health, wellness promotion, and nutrition education as well as the teachings of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Students develop professional materials and work on practical activities that enhance their understanding of the science of holistic nutrition and the principles of WAPF. Students are taught effective communication techniques to educate others in their communities or in their chapter groups as team leaders.

Nutrition Therapy Institute. NTI is dedicated to the promotion of good, long-term health through nutrition education. They offer educational programs founded on the following principles:

  • Fulfillment of life’s potential through optimal health.
  • Personal responsibility for health and wellbeing.
  • Development of competent graduates in the practice of holistic nutrition therapy.
  • Achievement of high academic standards.
  • Creation of community among students, graduates, and affiliates.
  • Respect and consideration of each student’s talents and needs.
  • Commitment to supporting local organic farming.

If you’re an aspiring holistic healthcare professional, you may also want to consider seeking a degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.

An afterthought from the Traditional Cook...

Click here for a peek at some of the fun moments had by the great practitioners at our recent Back to School for Doctors 2014.

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Maria Atwood, CNHP

Maria Atwood is a semi-retired Certified Natural Health Professional and Weston A. Price Chapter Leader in Colorado Springs, CO. Her website, Traditional Cook, offers the The Lee Household Flour Mill, originally invented by Royal Lee, inventor of Standard Process Supplements. She also carries the WonderMix mixer as well as the Wondermill grain mill. Also check out Maria’s “Cook Your Way to Wellness” DVD (also available on Vimeo). Be sure to join the Selene River Press newsletter to follow Maria’s Tips from The Traditional Cook blog.

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