Allison Mädl, NTPNutritional Therapy & Education
About Allison Mädl
Hello and thank you for visiting my website! My name is Allison Mädl (rhymes with ladle), and I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a private practice in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I help women with chronic feminine health issues balance their diet and lifestyle so they can find freedom from discomfort and enjoy stable moods, restful sleep, normal weight, and healthy children.
In addition to supporting others, I have successfully implemented Nutritional Therapy in my own life to resolve health conditions such as anemia, IBS, chronic constipation, and hypoglycemia. You can read more about my health journey here.
In my practice, I consult with clients both in the United States and abroad using the NTP paradigm and Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. I also teach group classes as a RESTART® Program Instructor and give lectures around my community.
My academic background is in secondary education; I taught English, Spanish, and English Language Development (ELD) for nine years in public schools. My ELD students were primarily those from indigenous parts of Mexico and Central America, as well as others representing refugee populations from various parts of the world. Working with these populations piqued my interest in traditional foods and has led to an ongoing research investigation of native dietary practices.
Putting my teaching experience to use in the nutrition field, I am privileged to be able to work as a Lead Instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Association’s Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program.
My husband and I moved to north Idaho in 2017 after an extensive search for clean air and water and easy access to high quality, nutrient-dense foods. We are enjoying raising our son here and exploring the local lakes, bike paths, and hiking trails.
My ultimate vision is that families become empowered by the knowledge of traditional nutrition to maximize their health potential and grow strong children who continue the wellness revolution!
What is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP)?
An NTP is a paraprofessional certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association to make nutritional recommendations for clients with the goal of balancing body chemistry and achieving optimal wellness. We do not diagnose or treat disease. Nutritional Therapists know that weaknesses in the foundations of nutrition lead to many degenerative health problems that plague the modern world.
What does your NTP certification entail?
Becoming a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association requires vigorous coursework including the standard study of anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the digestive, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, and detoxification systems of the body. The history of diet from ancient to modern is emphasized, and coursework also includes the study of traditional dietary practices such as soaking, sprouting, and fermenting grains and vegetables to optimize nutrient and bacterial content. Certification requires passing: a functional nutrition written midterm and final exam, four detailed client case studies and folder presentations, and a hands-on functional evaluation exam including the lingual-neuro testing procedure. If you’re interested in becoming an NTP yourself, please get in touch with the Nutritional Therapy Association at nutritionaltherapy.com.
What other certifications and degrees do you have?
I hold a BA in Language Studies and a BA in Literature/Writing from the University of California, San Diego.
I received my Bilingual Multicultural Education Credential and Single Subject teaching authorization from California State University, Sacramento. With these credentials I enjoyed teaching in private and public education for over a decade in California, Washington, and Costa Rica.
How do people's nutritional needs differ?
Some people’s bodies require more fat and protein than others. Some people thrive on a higher carbohydrate diet from unrefined sources. Pregnant women, lactating mothers, growing children, and adolescents require extremely nutrient-dense diets and more food in general, while adults in a sedentary lifestyle with moderate physical activity may require less. We call this bio-individuality.
Hand-in-hand with bio-individuality is the exciting new science of epigenetics. Everyone’s body is predisposed to function a particular way based on their genetic makeup (DNA), but function of genes is highly malleable by modifying environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors.
How would you determine my needs?
When working with me, you may feel surprised at how many questions I ask about your health history, personal care habits, current symptoms, and what types of foods you prefer to eat. My Freedom Of Health™ Program contains a thorough intake process comprised of many ways to evaluate these areas of your life.
After learning about your unique case, all nutritional recommendations that we discuss and agree upon together are individualized. I do not use templates to recommend the same dietary and lifestyle modifications for everyone. It would be ineffective, let alone potentially dangerous!
Why do I need your services when there are so many books and websites about nutrition?
There is definitely a time and place for using the variety of accurate and helpful online self-paced video classes, cookbooks, seminars, and e-books available to you if you know where to find them. These can relate to cooking real food, reversing food allergies, nutrition planning for pregnancy, and DIY body and home care, to name a few.
However, some widely available nutrition information is confusing, misleading, and often incorrect in terms of how the body actually uses nutrients. It also does not respect your bio-individuality because none of those books or websites have listened to your particular health history.
In working with me, you obtain personalized guidance to discover the most useful resources for your situation.
How is your communication style truly client-centered?
It has been my own experience, and I believe that of many women, to feel frustrated when moving through the healthcare system because our complexity and individuality is sometimes not respected or even understood. We are sometimes made to believe that “it’s all in our head”, or our symptoms are just part of “being a woman”, and there’s nothing particular that can be done.
In contrast, good communication relationships are those in which the practitioner actively listens, seems interested in what you have to say, and demonstrates a clear understanding of your health concerns and reason for seeking care. The practitioner’s next questions and actions indicate that you have been heard, and a plan is designed together after much consideration of the goals that you have expressed. I do my best to proceed this way in my interactions with clients.
How often and by what methods can I communicate with you?
My Freedom Of Health™ Program includes regularly scheduled opportunities for clients to communicate with me in person or via my online meeting platform. We also communicate through email and phone for those additional moments in which you have straightforward questions or concerns regarding your nutritional plan.
In the RESTART® Program classes that I teach, participants meet once a week as a group for five weeks and enjoy sharing and learning from each other.
My main goal throughout our client/practitioner relationship is to celebrate your successes, ease your frustrations and worries, and demonstrate that I care about your progress as you transition into a lifestyle that supports your whole health!
Freedom of Health™ Program
It is not simply a list of things you should eat and not eat, and it doesn’t require you to buy a bunch of diet pills or meal replacement products. Instead, you will receive an extensive education in how best you can help yourself be free of whatever health challenges you bear.
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