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What is a Clinical Nutrition Doctor?

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A Clinical Nutrition Doctor (CND) is a functional and integrative nutrition professional who practices medical nutrition therapy (MNT).  CNDs hold a Master's degree in either Clinical Nutrition or Human Biochemistry as well as a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition.  Additional credentials of a CND is to hold an active license as a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) and Certification as a Nutrition Specialist (CNS).  


CNDs are trained extensively in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, nutrigenomics, disease pathology, microbiology, functional laboratory assessment, medical nutrition therapy treatments, supplemental protocols, and research design and literacy.  These nutrition professionals center personalized protocols around the prevention, management, and treatment of disease states.


CNDs differ from other nutrition designations in that their practice includes an in-depth nutrition assessment and nutrition diagnosis utilizing medical history, genetic evaluation, biochemical laboratory testing, dietary analysis, and a nutrition-focused physical exam.  CNDs utilize therapeutic diets and therapeutic doses of professional-grade nutraceuticals and herbs to realign patients with their optimal health.  CNDs are trained in functional and integrative nutrition, which places the importance in treating a patient as a whole and addressing the underlying causes of symptoms rather than just the symptoms alone.​


Education Requirements

MS of Clinical Nutrition OR MS of Human Biochemistry

Doctor of Clinical Nutrition

Certifications Requirements

Certified Nutrition Specialist

Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist

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