The Nutritional Therapy Association was incorporated as a vocational nutrition school by Gray and Joy Graham with the primary goal of training Health Care Practitioners in the practice of Nutritional Therapy. In the early years, NTA’s instructor team taught nutritional seminars to thousands of medical practitioners throughout the United States and Europe. Students included medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and naturopaths. Subsequently, Mr. Graham was encouraged to make this unique nutritional training available to a wider audience. In 2001, in partnership with South Puget Sound Community College, NTA introduced the Nutritional Therapist Training course and began training and certifying Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (NTPs). Today NTA has trained more than 3000 Nutritional Therapy Practitioners from all 50 states, several Canadian provinces, as well as Australia, Asia and Europe. In 2012 the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) included NTA’s Nutritional Therapist Training Program in their Approved and Recommended Holistic Nutrition Education Programs. NTA is also a Cornerstone Member of the American Nutrition Association. In 2013 NTA expanded their program offerings to include Nutritional Therapy Consultant Training.
NTA’s Nutritional Therapists address nutrition from a holistic perspective. The NTA trainings offer a clear alternative to the grain-based, low fat nightmare that is the official diet of modern America. The Nutritional Therapy Association is founded on the beliefs of such nutritional pioneering greats as Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, considered two of the greatest scientific minds ever to research nutrition, food supplies and their effects on modern society.
NTA’s philosophy is that the myriad health problems plaguing modern society result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations brought on by poor nutrition. As an educational organization, NTA is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals understand and reverse the tragic and unsuspected effects of the modern diet on their patients and clients. Throughout our seminars, students access a wide range of educational tools and techniques that help identify and correct nutritional imbalances.
Nutritional Therapists, as envisioned by NTA, teach the importance of properly prepared whole foods that are delicious, nourish our bodies, and restore good health. Once foods have been highly processed, as most foods in America are, there is no combination of carbohydrates, fats, and protein that will ultimately be healthy. As dietary fads alternate between diets high in carbohydrates, and others high in protein and fat, one thing has become very obvious, there is no one perfect diet for everyone. While some people thrive on a diet relatively low in fats, for others the increase in carbohydrates is devastating. Likewise, Atkins-like diets high in fat may have helped some people, but for others have been completely inappropriate and even dangerous. NTA teaches the concept of bio-individuality. There is no perfect diet for everyone. Nutritional Therapists are trained to help each client find the right types of whole foods that will restore balance and enhance their ability to heal.
Although all wellness-minded doctors appreciate the importance of proper diet and nutritional supplementation, it is often very difficult for them to do the proper evaluation and dietary counseling necessary to support optimal healing. Nutritional Therapists are trained to work alongside these practitioners either in their offices or in private practice to support the doctors’ diagnosis and other therapies.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller
At NTA, we believe that all nutritional schools play for the same team, in that we’re offering certificate programs to interested individuals seeking to fill a large need. We have a shared goal of supporting wellness through proper bio-individual nutrition. Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and Consultants along with other nutritional school graduates receive quality, distinct, and complementary educations. NTA also believes our program has unique characteristics that set us apart from other schools by providing strong clinical skills and evaluation procedures that are unique in our industry. As a certified member of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals, we support the work of all NANP certified schools.
Some of our NTPs and NTCs have been through other programs and valued what they received from each program. Having a variety of different programs available to potential students mean that people can find the one that works for them. More training options for individuals seeking authentic nutritional training only help to legitimize the work of all organizations and their graduates. The need is so great for people to receive nutritional training and for the public to see professionals with more in-depth training in nutrition that we all have a long way to go. NTA actively seeks partnerships with other training, certification, and academic programs.