Remembering Root Cause – May 31st, 2015


Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training (NEPT)
Clinical Pearl
May 31st, 2015

Remembering Root Cause

It’s easy to get caught in the trap of thinking about a client’s condition rather than the client themselves.

I see it all the time amongst colleagues and students alike.

When you ask the question, What should I suggest for a patient with ‘x’ disease or symptoms? you are using a reductionistic approach.

Instead, what if you asked, What underlying imbalances are causing my client’s ‘x’ symptoms?

That’s a completely different question, even though it may seem similar.

The truth is it’s important to look at mechanisms. Whether you’re dealing with someone presenting with gastritis or arthritis, the commonality is the itis – inflammation. Rather than, What can I do for someone with arthritis? the question is Why does my client have excess inflammation and how can I calm it down?


Root cause analysis and building a strong foundation are ALWAYS where you start.