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My name is Amahl Beth Van Halsema. I have been a Nutritional Therapist and Functional Medicine practitioner for 40 years.
I teach the science of Mineral-Nutritional Balancing because I find it to be the best and most comprehensive nutrition, lifestyle and supplement program on the market. It was developed by doctors and researchers for people from all walks of life. Going through the program as a patient convinced me to apply to become a certified NB practitioner. I’ve been mentored by both Lawrence Wilson, MD and more recently, by practitioner Susan Cachay, to work with all my hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) clients.
In 2013 and 2019 I then became a Certified Gluten-Free Practitioner (CGP) through the certification courses of Dr. Tom O’Bryan. Now I teach and offer the newest research and testing concerning all wheat and gluten disorders. Wheat and gluten can cause as many as 300 autoimmune diseases!
More recently, I completed the rigorous Wahls Certification program taught by Terry Wahls, MD, so that I could develop an even more comprehensive grasp of autoimmune disease and the cutting edge applications of diet, lifestyle, supplements that work best for living with and healing from such conditions.
I lived a disciplined life. Organic food and gluten-free since 1985, with thousands of hours in holistic studies, body movement, fasts, regimens, and detoxes from top doctors/gurus around the world. I grew up traveling in many countries and experienced high fevers, diarrhea, parasites, typhoid, and a severe spinal infection all before becoming physically disabled in four car accidents. As a result of the third car accident, I was diagnosed with an incurable neurological disease and 5 autoimmune diseases. I had little left of a functioning body as I descended full force into a category that conventional medicine could only label as “full disability”.
I tried every conventional drug, therapy, surgery, and treatment available to heal. After a very long personal journey, including 109 visits to the operating room for orthopedic and neurological surgeries and 14 years of drug cocktails including daily morphine and benzos, I finally found answers in the field of Functional Medicine. First doing the Mineral-Nutritional Balancing program brought some stability slowly back to my body. And adding in the gluten-autoimmune adaptations that I later learned as a certified gluten practitioner (CGP) and then as a Wahls Protocol® Certified Health Practitioner (WPCHP) gave me a body that surpassed my healing hopes and expectations! I’m grateful to say that I’m functioning now, off of all prescription medications, and with the blend of extreme personal experience and advanced education, I love being an expert catalyst in helping others to heal.
Mineral Nutritional Balancing Program
MNB is a serious program for those who are serious about being healthy. In addition to healing physical trauma, it is the only system I know of that successfully helps you: Release ALL heavy metals; detoxify from chemicals and additives; recover from emotional trauma and depression; heal disordered eating; stabilize the immune system; lose weight; kill parasites; eliminate osteoporosis and osteopenia, provide a solid foundation to heal autoimmune diseases (of which there are more than 300 including MS, RA, lupus, diabetes, atherosclerosis, psoriasis and scleroderma); recover the thyroid; balance minerals; heal adrenal fatigue; regain fertility; get rid of allergies; and grow in general good health. The entire program is based on a properly cut hair sample that is analyzed at only one laboratory in the USA.
For more about the NB program, please see the Start Your NB Program tab here on my site.
Wheat & Gluten – The CGP Program
The CGP program helps people to delve even deeper into their bodies to discover if they have leaky gut, impaired immunity, food sensitivities, food allergies, gluten sensitivity, gluten or wheat-related disorders, and other immune-mediated dysfunctions.
You do not need to be a Nutritional Balancing client in order to do the gluten and wheat testing, evaluation, and lifestyle consultations. The wheat and gluten test we use is the foremost test of it’s kind in the world for celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). It is used by Mayo Clinic and many other institutions. There is no more accurate testing in the world. Although not yet covered by insurances, all testing is fully HIPAA, AMA, and FDA approved.
For more about the CGP program, please see the Wheat & Gluten tab here on my site.
There are thousands of tests that can be done, but the foundational ones always start with hair tissue mineral analysis and microchip blood tests to asses your baseline mitochondrial mineral ratios, heavy metals, and pathogenic intestinal permeability (aka “leaky gut”). With your test results and input, I can make a comprehensive lifestyle, diet, and supplement program to specifically support your healing journey. (Please note that I do not sell supplements, but I will recommend the best ones to use and direct you to those sources.)
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