Enhance Your Expertise: Become a LEAP Certified Therapist
Chronic inflammatory conditions such as migraines, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and much, much more are very common and extremely uncomfortable. IBS, fibromyalgia, and migraines affect almost 60 million Americans. Both food allergies and sensitivities have been associated with most chronic inflammatory conditions. Figuring out a specific diet to follow has been a challenge and there is no “one size fits all” solution.
Research has shown the use of a Mediator Release Test (MRT), a blood test that identifies delayed-type food and chemical sensitivities, and the associated Lifestyle Eating And Performance (LEAP) therapy, an elimination diet protocol, to be very effective in alleviating these chronic inflammatory conditions. Thousands of LEAP dietitians across the country use MRT to determine what foods are causing inflammation in one’s body. After those foods are identified, a customized elimination diet is constructed. Clients typically experience significant symptom improvement within days.
Becoming LEAP certified can only enhance one’s current level of practice. Susan Linke, MBA, MS, RD, LD, Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT) since 2005, & CLT Mentor, states that the “traditional” elimination diets depended largely on the patient’s ability to identify reactive foods based on clinical symptomology. “Unfortunately, that method fails to identify sub-clinical inflammation since it doesn’t produce easily recognizable symptoms. In addition, food sensitivities are dose dependent and symptoms are often delayed, sometimes by 3 days. This makes it difficult to correlate particular foods with their associated symptoms. By using MRT testing, LEAP dietitians are able to construct a patient-specific elimination diet which eliminates foods and chemicals that produce both clinical and sub-clinical inflammation.” Angela B. Moore, M.S.,R.D., LD/N, CLT, ACSM Certified Exercise Specialist, Certified LEAP Therapist for Food Sensitivities and Intolerances since 2007 agrees and adds that the science-based blood test provides specific customization for the individual which can eliminate all guesswork from the equation and result in a happier, gratified client.
Linke notes that LEAP has benefited her practice tremendously because LEAP targets the specific root cause of the problem instead of just dealing with overt symptoms. By reducing both clinical and sub-clinical inflammation, patients notice very quick symptom improvement. Using a team approach with the patient’s physician, patients are often able to reduce or discontinue many of their medications, resulting in significant cost savings.
Moore emphasizes how LEAP certification has highly increased her revenue at her successful private practice, Fit Life of Colorado, by allowing her to provide clients with customized plans, generate additional services and package options, and give her the flexibility of either working in the office or remotely with clients all over the country, as long as they have access to the blood test.
Becoming LEAP certified has many benefits: excellent education and training materials, mentorship support, and access to a large electronic mailing list with other LEAP dietitians. Linke recommends the best way to start is just jump in. Also, every dietitian that signs up for LEAP is immediately assigned to a mentor for support and guidance.
Once you become LEAP certified, Moore suggests being flexible and open-minded to the particular needs or challenges of your clients when they are initially provided with their food plan so that the client will best adhere to the protocols and recommendations in order to obtain optimal results. Moore concludes that LEAP RD’s are fun and highly supportive of one another, so it’s a good group to join.
Now are you ready to expand your expertise and get LEAP Certified? You’ll also receive 20 Continuing Education Units towards your credentialing upon completing the LEAP certification. Make sure to stop by the LEAP booth at FNCE 2012 in Philadelphia to get more information and introduce yourself!
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Sarah Koszyk is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach at Eating Free, an online adult weight management program. She also provides in-person nutrition coaching at a private practice, MV Nutrition, in San Francisco, CA, where she specializes in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. She is the founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.