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What Is Your Gut Microbiome Trying To Tell You?

What Is Your Gut Microbiome Trying To Tell You?

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What Is Your Gut Microbiome Trying To Tell You?

Guest post by Dr. Helen Messier, Chief Medical Officer at Viome The importance of gut health has been launched into the mainstream limelight, which is promising for the future of medicine. The gut microbiome is so intricately embedded throughout human health, it’s going to take nationwide recognition of these microbes to make a powerful and effective change in healthcare as we know it. The gut microbiome isn’t just the backbone of our health – it is our health. Preliminary discoveries surrounding the gut microbiome were incredibly exciting. The idea that the 100 trillion microbes living in our gastrointestinal tracts are facilitating hundreds of bodily functions is enough to get anyone’s attention. But even the most interesting facts being shared about the gut microbiome are barely scratching the surface.

THE DEEPER SCIENCE BEHIND THE GUT MICROBIOME REVEALS 3 REVOLUTIONARY FACTS:

We are not really human. – We are completely outnumbered by the microbes in and on our bodies. So much so, it’s more accurate to imagine yourself as a cloud of microbes with a few human cells along for the ride. An estimated 90% of our cells belong to our various microbiomes. Our genes are outnumbered at least 150 to 1 by the genes of our microbes.1 We are mostly microbes. Our microbes control our immune system, not the other way around. – We used to believe the immune system was in place to control bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. We now know that the immune system is controlled by the microorganisms of the gut. Any dysregulation of our immune system is largely influenced by the microbial colonization of the gut.2 Approximately 70% of our immune system cells live in our gut wall – the microbes here train and control our immune system response. Our dynamic gut microbiome is as unique as a fingerprint. – The fact that our gut microbiome is both dynamic and unique, are key understandings missing from nearly all gut microbiome advice out there today. Most advice available offers blanket suggestions, which can give people perplexing results. The specific and active microbes of your gastrointestinal tract determine what you need to be healthy. This is different for everyone. Are these bold statements? Not at all. They are only the beginning.

CHRONIC DISEASE IS ON THE RISE

Modern healthcare has changed the face of disease. While we’ve found solutions for many of our infections, we did so at the expense of intricate systems within the body. Medications like antibiotics not only wreaked havoc on our microbiomes, they also created devastating superbugs in the process. The result? Chronic conditions have overtaken acute conditions and are on the rise:3
  • Chronic conditions now account for 60% of deaths worldwide.
  • More than 50% of people in the world live with a chronic disease.
  • Over 149 million Americans have at least one chronic condition – that’s 47.7% of the population.
The foundation of what it means to treat disease is shifting underneath us – and the solutions we require lie in the gut microbiome.

WHAT DOES GUT MICROBIOME SCIENCE MEAN FOR YOU?

We now have access to more information than ever before. Our great-grandparents might have guessed that having so much accessible information would make us healthier and happier, probably beyond their wildest dreams. Instead, we’ve created mountains of conflicting information to sift through, which has caused an underlying sense of confusion, frustration, and even paranoia. How is it that we’ve overcomplicated the simple task of putting food in our mouths? Should you follow the Paleo diet or Ketogenic diet? What about the Mediterranean diet?  Many people are finding that these diets don’t always work out as planned – they don’t get the results they want and sometimes even experience strange side effects. You’ve probably experienced this yourself to some degree. Arguably, many of the more popular diets are doing us a world of good. We are moving towards a collective consciousness of personal responsibility when it comes to health, and that’s great all around. But it’s time to take our pioneering health intentions one step further. You can now use the science of gut microbiome testing to fully understand how you process (or don’t process!) specific nutrients. This can tell you exactly what type of diet you should be eating for your best health.

THIS IS THE POWER OF PRECISION WELLNESS.

Personalized nutrition can ensure you’re feeding your body and your microbes exactly what is needed to be healthy. Food is transformed by our microbiomes into either beneficial or harmful products. Even foods we consider to be healthy could be causing you harm. Common “healthy” foods that can cause people a lot of trouble include:
  • Red meat
  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Bran
  • Certain starches
  • Green tea
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Seaweed
  • Soy
A specific example we often see is if you eat too much protein for your microbiome to handle, the bacteria in your colon begins to ferment it. This fermentation of excess meat creates harmful products, such as ammonia, cresol, putrescine, and trimethylamine (TMA), which have been associated with heart disease and accelerated aging. Not great news, is it? So, how can you tell if these supposedly healthy foods are harming you? Through RNA sequencing of course!

WHY DNA TESTING WAS NEVER ENOUGH

RNA sequencing is a fancy way of saying we can see everything in the gut microbiome – down to the enzymes your microbes are producing. With RNA sequencing we can tell:
  • If you’re taking a glutathione supplement
  • If your microbes are making enough glutathione on their own and you can save your money on that supplement
  • If you’ve been to China recently
  • If you have a sweet tooth and really need to lay off
  • If you’re overdoing it on the spinach
Pretty incredible, right? To give you some context, here’s a brief history of gut microbiome testing…
  • First, we had culture testing, which didn’t do so well because only the microbes that could live in the presence of oxygen survived. About 80% of your microbes are anaerobes – so, this gave us an incomplete picture.
  • Next came 16S rRNA gene sequencing, which can be used to find the genus of the bacteria present. This testing can’t see viruses or eukaryotes and it can’t see species or strains. This only gives you a silhouette of what’s actually there. Unfortunately, this is still a common form of testing used by many companies.
  • Then there was metagenomic sequencing or whole shotgun sequencing. This finally gets down to strain level but still struggles to see viruses or eukaryotes because they exist in low levels. This is a little better because it tells us who’s in there and what are they capable of doing.
  • Finally, we have RNA sequencing. RNA sequencing can not only see everything (bacteria, archaea, yeast, mold, fungus, bacteriophages, parasites, and more), it can also see what’s active. This is crucial. Until RNA sequencing, we could tell what was there but we weren’t sure what was active or what they were doing – now we can.
We are fortunate to live in a time when RNA sequencing of the gut microbiome is not only a reality – it’s accessible. Through RNA sequencing we are able to cut through the mountains of advice and give you recommendations that actually help support a healthy gut microbiome – advice that often contradicts most “healthy gut” lists out there.

YOUR GUT MICROBIOME IS UNIQUE TO YOU – 3 SURPRISING DISCOVERIES

Everything we know about the gut microbiome suggests something you probably already innately knew – we are all so wonderfully unique. Treatments that cater to our uniqueness are the next generation of medicine. Interestingly, this “next generation of medicine” won’t be medicine at all. Instead, we are harnessing the body’s and the gut microbiome’s natural ability to heal itself. The power of precision wellness starts by examining your cellular individuality and through the power of AI analysis, delivers one-of-a-kind actionable recommendations. As we’ve learned, there are many health movements being pushed as universal truths, when in fact they only apply to some. Here are 3 surprising discoveries about the gut microbiome and what they mean for you:
  1. Some “healthy” foods aren’t good for you – Foods like spinach, nuts, beans, seeds, broccoli, and blueberries are often touted as “healthy for everyone” when in fact they give a lot of people trouble. Packed in oxalates, these foods can cause digestive issues, kidney stones, and more.4
  2. Are you eating too much protein? – As we mentioned above, this is a common problem we see. Trendy diets like the Paleo and Ketogenic diet have led to a boost in protein intake that can cause some people health problems. The happens when you have too many Alistipes putredinis and Tannerella forsythia bacteria who ferment the excess protein. This is a serious situation, which can lead to conditions like leaky gut syndrome.
  3. Your gut microbiome could be stressing you out – If you have a microbiome that is causing excess hydrogen sulfide and methane, it can cause chronic inflammation. This can send signals up your vagus nerve into your brain making you feel anxious, stressed or even depressed.5
RNA sequencing is going to give you the most precise understanding of how your gut microbiome operates. Ultimately, what works for you completely depends on the composition of your gut microbiome.

UNDERSTAND YOUR GUT MICROBIOME COMPLETELY WITH VIOME

Learn more about harnessing the power of your unique gut microbiome so you can optimize your health with Viome testing. Your Viome test examines the transciptome, meaning it sees everything down to a strain level – plus what your microbes are actually doing through pathway analysis. Through a combination of RNA sequencing and our revolutionary AI analysis, you’ll receive targeted diet and supplement recommendations, which you can put to work right away. Remember, your gut microbiome is unique and dynamic, which is why Viome isn’t a “one and done” analysis. You wouldn’t get a complete picture if we didn’t stick with you as you change your diet. Our revolutionary testing is a year-long journey that results in better health through optimized nutrition. It’s only $399 for the entire year. You’ll receive personalized and actionable recommendations, which you can easily see on your Viome app. In order to stay on top of what’s happening in the gut, it is recommended that you re-test once every three months, or after you make a significant dietary or lifestyle change. During your year of service, you have the ability to re-test for an additional $199 per test and may do so at any time. Get started today! We couldn’t be more excited about the future of human health!

WATCH DR. HELEN MESSIER’S VIDEO INTERVIEW, “WHAT IS YOUR GUT MICROBIOME TRYING TO TELL YOU?” Facebook Live pt. 1 Facebook Live pt. 2
Resources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3518434/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19343057 https://www.fightchronicdisease.org/sites/default/files/docs/GrowingCrisisofChronicDiseaseintheUSfactsheet_81009.pdf https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1455427/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29134359

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Recipe: Hibiscus Sun Tea & Hibiscus Vinaigrette

Recipe: Hibiscus Sun Tea & Hibiscus Vinaigrette

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Recipe: Hibiscus Sun Tea & Hibiscus Vinaigrette

A guest blog post by Tracy Bosnian, NTP and owner of Hula Kitchen. Hibiscus tea is one of my personal favorites. I have been drinking this tea since I was a little girl. I like to make a whole gallon of it at a time. Please be aware that this is not a substitute for drinking water, as it is a diuretic. Even though it is packed with good electrolytes, as NTPs we know that we must drink our water, and even more so when drinking diuretic beverages. I like to make my tea as a sun tea, but the recipe below can be made in a saucepan as well. The recipe is for 1 gallon of tea.

HIBISCUS SUN TEA:

1-gallon water 1 cup dried hibiscus blossoms 2 tablespoons dried rosehips 2 tablespoons dried ginger Place all ingredients into a large glass pitcher. Cover the pitcher; if you do not have a cover for your pitcher, a piece of cheesecloth can be used. I just place the cheesecloth over the opening of the pitcher or jar and secure it with a rubber band. It helps to keep the bugs out. Set your tea in a sunny spot until it reaches a beautiful ruby red color. This will depend on how much sun and how warm a day it is. I most often make this tea the day before I want to drink it. When the tea is ready, strain off the herb, and put the tea back into your pitcher. I love to add fresh slices of lime to this. It is also fun to mix it with some fizzy water. It makes the perfect summer drink!

HIBISCUS VINAIGRETTE:

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 garlic clove 2 teaspoons sugar, or to taste 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste ½ cup avocado oil ½ cup olive oil ¾ cup dried hibiscus flowers Two days before serving, prepare the vinaigrette. In a blender, combine vinegar, lime, juice, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth. With motor at lowest possible speed, add vegetable oil and olive oil in a thin stream until emulsified, about 10 seconds. Add hibiscus flowers and allow to soften in liquid for a couple of minutes, then process until roughly chopped. Pour into a container, cover, and refrigerate for 2 days to 1 week.
Tracy graduated as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in 2005. Tracy is a practicing NTP as well as a Western Herbalist and Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner. Food and herbs are her passion. She is the owner of Hula Kitchen selling her famous Jerky Spice Mix. Go to www.HulaKitchen.com or email Tracy@HulaKitchen.com for a complete list of products. To make an appointment for nutritional therapy, go to www.mynutritionaltherapist.com or call 503-803-3677.

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Toxins and Detoxification: Can We Safely Remove Hazardous Waste From our Bodies?

Toxins and Detoxification: Can We Safely Remove Hazardous Waste From our Bodies?

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Toxins and Detoxification: Can We Safely Remove Hazardous Waste From our Bodies?

A guest post by David J. Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM on how to safely and healthfully detox our bodies. Your body is loaded with poisons which have been accumulating since conception. What does the research show? What illnesses and health conditions are greatly increased by having various poisons in your body? Are there any safe ways to reduce your “toxic load” also referred to as “body burden”?  Can reducing these toxins also reduce symptoms, extend life, and prevent disease?  These questions and more are the reasons I have written this article. According to the dictionary, a toxin is substance produced by living cells or organisms. In common usage, however, it is something which is toxic or poisonous in some way to our bodies. I will therefore use the words toxin and poison interchangeably in this article. If I was submitting this for publication to a peer re-viewed scientific journal, I could not do this. Some toxins/poisons can cause death rapidly, such as a bite from an extremely poisonous snake or other venomous reptile, or breathing in the vapor of an extremely toxic poisonous gas in a high concentration.  Most toxic substances to which humans are generally exposed are far more insidious and take years or even decades worth of slow continual exposure and accumulation before any noticeable symptoms begin to appear. Poisons are always dose dependent. The same chlorine, fluorine or hydrogen sulfide gas that can kill someone in a matter of minutes, will cause far less harm and symptoms, from which a person can more easily recover, when exposure is at much lower concentrations. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is very poisonous in high concentrations, but in low concentrations and when mixed with adequate air or oxygen, has been used for decades as an anesthetic in the dental industry. The rotten egg smell which is observed with even minute concentrations of hydrogen sulfide gas becomes extremely deadly when this gas is in inhaled at higher concentrations. Chlorine and fluorine gasses can easily blister or kill a person fairly rapidly at high concentrations. When they exist in water as they are used in the municipal water supplies of many cites in the United States, they will take decades before they show an increase in cancer rates of those who bathe in and drink these same poisons. The second issue is that of exposure time. It is well documented that inhaling smoke from the chemically treated tobacco in commercial cigarettes may increase the risk of lung cancer. Will this risk increase if only one or two cigarettes have been smoked in a lifetime? I would highly doubt it. It takes many years of regular smoking before obvious damage becomes notice- able. Even after a decade, it is only seen in a small percentage of individuals and most often not in those with truly adequate intakes of protective nutrients. This is why the Japanese, due to their high consumption of nutrient dense seaweeds, have a much lower rate of lung cancer than the U.S. even though they have a much HIGHER per capita rate of cigarette smoking. In addition to cumulative exposure, an even more important issue is interactive exposure of multiple toxins. In many cases, one poison may be only mildly toxic but when it exists in the body in combination with a second or third (or dozens) of other mildly toxic poisons, the effects become multiplied hundreds or even thousands of times. The best example of this was an experiment done with rats. The LD-1 of lead (the dose which would kill one rat out of a hundred) was mixed with the LD-1 of mercury, and these two combined to give a tiny lead and mercury dose which instead of killing just two rats out of 100, it killed the entire 100! This is why the few safety studies which have been carried out on cleaning products, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other chemicals, are almost totally useless. They always test only single chemical and never multiple exposures in the way we are exposed to them in real life. Let me just take a moment to say that one of the best independent web sites of a nonprofit “watchdog” agency, where you can read more about our body burden of toxins, is the Environmental Working Group. Please support them as they are monitoring the polluters and looking out for our health and the health of those we love. A few well researched poisons and some of the places they may be found in our daily lives include:
  • Chlorine–in our drinking water, our laundry and, and many household cleansers
  • Chloramines-in some drinking water, in place of or in addition to chlorine (it is even worse)
  • Fluoride–in our drinking water, tooth pastes, numerous foods that have been manufactured in cities with fluoridated water, and it is still used by less knowledgeable dentists
  • Toxic chemicals in our air fresheners, deodorizers and “plug ins”
  • Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides–in and on our fruits and vegetables and in our air
  • Heavy metals such as the mercury in every silver amalgam dental filling
  • Hormones, steroids and antibiotic residues- in our meats, dairy and farm raised fish
  • Numerous toxic chemicals–in cleaners, polishes and solvents we use in our homes
  • Hundreds of poisons in small amounts in the air we breathe which is worse indoors. This does NOT include ozone which IS NOT a pollutant but rather is a helpful gas produced by nature in order to help detoxify the pollutants.
  • Toxic chemicals- in the stain repellents on our new upholstered furniture
  • The chemicals that give that “new car” smell
  • Formaldehyde which out-gasses from carpeting and press board in our homes
  • Toxic vapors released from the toner in our copiers and laser printers
  • Fire retardant chemicals in our furniture, mattresses, and children’s clothing and bed- ding
  • Numerous different types of chemical “additives” in our foods and toiletries
The list above is just the tip of the iceberg, but I wanted to be sure you understand how extensive, pervasive and invasive these chemicals are in our homes and in our lives. The conditions for which there is published research documenting the connections be- tween some of these poisons and diseases include cancer, Parkinson’s, ALS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and many neurological diseases of “unknown origin”. The MD, PhD experts at the scientific conferences I attend each year continue to mention a very important disease link. They keep saying that almost every degenerative disease, autoimmune disease, mental or emotional condition and a plethora of others, are most likely caused or greatly aggravated by the numerous toxins in our bodies. These same toxic substances are the ones which our industrial society continues to generate more and more of every year. These same poisons are the ones which most of us unknowingly (or knowingly) use in our homes and businesses as well as on our bodies and in our mouths every day. Luckily, it is possible to reduce our risks by reducing our body burden of these chemicals through whole body detoxification. In most cases, I, and numerous other informed and trained professionals around the world, have seen untold symptoms reduce or vanish completely as the individual’s toxic load is gradually reduced by proper detoxification. Remember, in most people, these toxins have been accumulating for a very long time. Even though the symptoms may have begun only in the last couple of weeks (or years) this is simply due the body finally becoming so overloaded that it could no longer handle the poisonous burden that had been building up for a life- time. It is because of this, that detoxification MUST BE DONE SLOWLY! Imagine never cleaning your home for the last 20-50 (or more) years and then having someone with a commercial vacuum cleaner move through the house. You would stir up so much dust that you would have to stop immediately and would be coughing for hours. In the case of detoxifi- cation of the human body, it might even send you to the hospital. Detoxification MUST be done correctly and slowly. The body must be “prepared” for the detox process. This is done by using special formulas to help support and cleanse both your liver and kidneys for a month or more BEFORE you begin to actually pull toxic chemicals from your tissues, into your blood, for elimination through these two organs. I always make it VERY CLEAR to my patients and students that the goal is to NEVER rush but to keep moving forward. The direction (forward=less toxic) is what is important, not the speed. If you try to build a house in a month, you will have a mess and not a house. There are so many benefits to reducing our toxic load that they are almost endless, but a few can include (everyone is different); more energy, better elimination, less or no more headaches, better and more recuperative sleep, improved memory, pain reduction, reduction or elimination of various skin conditions, reduced tingling in body parts, regulation of irregular heartbeat, better hearing, improved smell or taste, and many others. The single most important benefit for many is the huge reduction in the risk of developing numerous degenerative and possibly even fatal diseases. If we continue to expose ourselves to all of the same toxins every day, then it will be a great deal more difficult (and slower) to rid the body of those which have already accumulated in our tissues. Learning where these poisons come from and what must be done to begin the detoxification process is not an extremely complicated educational endeavor. The education will take a bit of time and a commitment on your part just like any important thing you have ever decided to learn. The application of this important knowledge can extend your life, reduce your risks of numerous extremely undesirable health conditions and make you a much happier healthier person. I have even seen the detoxification process save marriages and relationships as it can make huge differences in emotions as numerous emotion-disrupting poisons are slowly eliminated from the body.

DETOXIFICATION PROCESS #1

The first job is therefore to slow down the amount of incoming poisons. This means you have to switch to non-toxic toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, cleansers, detergents, waxes, air fresheners, pesticides, foods, deodorants (NEVER antiperspirants), etc. I have added some of these product recommendations to my website.

DETOXIFICATION PROCESS #2

The second task (or maybe the first or at least a tie) is to eat healthier, fresher, less overcooked foods with less additives.

DETOXIFICATION PROCESS #3

The next job is generally to work on one to four months of slow but adequate liver and kidney support. There are hundreds of pretty bad products on the market and a handful of really good ones. Use whatever you have found to work best for yourself, your clients or your patients. If you want all of my procedures and product recommendation for both this task and then next one, they are clearly covered, along with printouts, on my two hour Detoxification: Your Path to Better Health DVD, available from PPNF.org. If you wish to carry any of my DVDs in your office, contact me through my website for wholesale pricing and minimum order requirements at Naturopath4You.com.

DETOXIFICATION PROCESS #4

The next step is the one which is carried for form an extended period of time. The greater your interest in disease prevention, the longer this process will continue. Personally, I intend to live to be a happy, healthy 100-120 and so I will never stop this next step. After you have done AT LEAST 30 days of your liver and kidney support, continue the support but you can now begin to actually pull poisons out of your other cells to eliminate them from your body. There are many products which can do this, from herbs, to activated charcoal to detoxification homeopathics. I have found the appropriate homeopathic products to do the best job and to be able to target the poisons I wish to target. I would wish you good luck, but it is my expert opinion that luck has little to do with better health. Proper and valid knowledge combined with correct and orderly application of that knowledge are the keys to attaining almost every goal in life. Improved health is no different and so I wish you the desire to improve your health and the necessary effort to carry out this important desire.
David Getoff is a Board Certified Traditional Naturopath, a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative medicine, an elected member of the American College of Nutrition and the International College of Integrative Medicine and the vice president of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation. David is board certified in integrative medicine, has developed and produced over a dozen educational holistic health DVD’s on topics including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and detoxification and is the co-author of Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally.
This post originally appeared in the Fall 2010 edition of The Nutritional Therapist.

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Your successful NTP career

Your successful NTP career

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Your successful NTP career

Some of you may be graduates who have hit the ground running with your business while others may be in the beginning stages of making their business dreams a reality. Regardless of where you’re at in the process, your goals are probably very similar: help and heal people, successfully.

As you begin working with clients, crafting your vision or developing your business plan, you may be asking yourself, “how do I create a successful business?” You’re not alone.  Building a business is challenging. As you navigate marketing methods, look for new clients, and figure out how to run a practice, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. To help, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked business and career questions along with additional resources to help you start off on a successful foot.

WHAT TYPES OF CAREER PATHS ARE AVAILABLE TO ME AS AN NTP?

There are many rewarding career paths available to NTPs. Depending on your goals, location and passion, the opportunities can range from national full-time positions to a valuable local resource to friends, family and your communities.

CAREER PATHS COULD INCLUDE:

  • Private practice
  • Integrative practice: working on a team of health care professionals
  • Corporate wellness coach
  • Nutrition and Health Blogger or Columnist
  • Community educator
  • Wellness podcast host
  • Nutritional coaching group leader
  • Community nutrition and wellness program leader
  • Wellness product/program creator
  • Local, quality sourcing organic foods representative
  • Lecturer or speaker
  • Published author
  • Retreat host
  • Writer or journalist
  • In-store nutritionist
  • Restaurant or personal chef

And many more!

Tip: Align your personality and passion with your potential career path. Do you like speaking in front of people? Reach out to your local natural foods store and host a workshop. Do you nerd-out over the science of nutrition? A career in policy change or research could be a great option for you!

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO MAKE AS AN NTP?

Your income as an NTP is heavily dependent on location, experience, and other certifications or licenses. The average income for NTPs can range anywhere from $50 to $200 per hour.

Tip: To gain more specific figures, reach out to a NTA graduate who’s been working in your area. They’ll be able to tell you how they set up payments and what they charge clients.  

IS THERE A BUSINESS CLASS I CAN TAKE?

Absolutely! You asked and we delivered. The NTA offers the Career Development Course.This course is based off of Miriam Zacharias’s PEACE Process and is led by Jessica Pantermuehl, NTP and founder of the Holistic Entrepreneur Association. The Career Development Course is an 8-week online program designed to give you the resources you need to launch a successful career. During the program, you’ll learn how to tell your story, set goals, increase productivity, differentiate yourself, get clients, grow your practice, and launch initiatives like digital marketing strategies, books, and your online business! In two short months, you’ll be ready to launch a successful practice doing the work you love.

Tip: Watch the Career Development Intro video to see if this is the next best step for you: http://ntabusinesscourse.com 

WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO ME?

  • Join your local business or entrepreneurial society – this will provide invaluable networking and referral opportunities, not to mention great business tools and information!
  • Chat with a graduate – Our tribe is dedicated to empowering others and healing the world and that starts with you! Reach out to a graduate that inspires you, invite them to tea and talk business ideas! Hashing out these details with a like-minded friend is super beneficial in starting a successful business (especially with someone who’s been in your shoes!)
  • Join us on FB Live – every other week we welcome a new guest onto the NTA’s Facebook to host a Facebook Live. Tune in and learn about the awesome things our graduates and community members are doing and how they got started!
  • Gain more knowledge – seek out business or career courses to take. Although we recommended the NTA’s Career Development Course because it’s tailored to you (NTPs), there are tons of great online courses available to choose from.

The world needs your help. With the training you’ve received from the NTA, you have the tools to make an incredible difference in the lives of those you work with and to create a financially rewarding practice. If you have additional questions about the Career Development Course or general business questions, please contact us.

 

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An Ask for Heart-Centered Action | NTA Annual Conference Opening Statement

An Ask for Heart-Centered Action | NTA Annual Conference Opening Statement

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An Ask for Heart-Centered Action | NTA Annual Conference Opening Statement

“WHERE OUR ATTENTION GOES, OUR ENERGY FLOWS.”

– Lacy Waltermeyer, NTP | Executive Director at 11th Annual Conference, Live Nourished.

Did you catch Lacy Waltermeyer at Live Nourished?  She encouraged our community to play big together, be vulnerable, and do something scary.  She opened the conference with an ask for action.

A HEART-CENTERED ASK FOR ACTION:

  • Stand in your integrity and speak, as well as listen, from the heart
  • Stay in the conversation and lean into what’s uncomfortable
  • Be vulnerable and authentic, lead from the heart, and nourish one another

Watch Lacy Waltermeyer’s full opening statement from the 2018 NTA annual conference, Live Nourished.

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